Books to Warm You Up & Make You Smile

When it's this cold out there's nothing better than staying in. And when you're in, there's nothing better than entertaining oneself with fun books that make you smile.

Here's our list of funny fiction (plus 2 memoirs) that is, to paraphrase the New York Times' review of The Optimistic Decade, funny and light even under the weight of seriously great storytelling.

Read a blurb about each below, or click on a book to see more info about it.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 5th, 2009

"I love everything about it, from its evocative dust jacket & Guernsey setting, to its witty prose & its fine cast of book-minded characters."
— From Ev's Past Picks 2


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Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735224827
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2018

"Hodgman's stories are...the literary equivalent of great stand-up. His comedic timing and absurdity are perfect."
— From Tim


My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781683690139
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Published: Quirk Books - April 3rd, 2018

Remember the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' stories from your elementary school library? Try out this Interactive Romance Novel. "Options abound in this quirky spoof that will beg to be re-read over and over as you explore every avenue."
— Harper's Bazaar


It's a Magical World (Calvin and Hobbes #16) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780836221367
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 1st, 1996

Clavin and Hobbes have been known to cheer up even the darkest of days.


Chemistry: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525432227
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

"A clipped, funny, painfully honest narrative voice lights up Wang’s debut novel."
— Publishers Weekly


Sourdough: or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250192752
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Published: Picador - September 18th, 2018

"It is that rare thing: a satire that has a love of what it satirizes while also functioning as a modern fairy tale about, of all things, the magic of certain carbohydrates."
— Jeff Vandermeer, The Lost Angeles Times


Little Culinary Triumphs Cover Image
By Pascale Pujol, Alison Anderson (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609454906
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Published: Europa Editions - December 4th, 2018

"Good humor assured with the events of the bizarre gang of the residence Darcourt in Montmartre."
— Cucina Italiana


An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524743444
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Published: Dutton - September 25th, 2018

Meet Carl, the giant statue (robot?) from outer space who likes to listen to Queen and just might be here to save the world. If only April and Andy can use their social media marketing skills to spread the word...


Artemis: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553448146
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Published: Broadway Books - July 3rd, 2018

If we had a tourist-destination city on the moon, then just like any other city, it would have laws and law-breakers, right? Meet Jazz, your sarcastic protagonist and narrator who is a young smuggler, saboteur, and a little reckless, but very entertaining. 


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Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616200206
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 16th, 2014

"An in-depth and very funny look at a 57-year-old American's attempt to learn French in an intense year of self-designed language study"
— From Catherine's Past Picks 1


Old Man's War Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765394859
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Published: Tor Books - October 17th, 2017

A witty near future science fiction novel where the elderly are recruited for the army and given shiny new green bodies. Old Man's War is a satirical novel about human ambition, greed and trademark body modifications! 


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Night Watch: A Novel of Discworld Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062307408
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Published: Harper - July 29th, 2014

"This is the height of satirical fantasy, Terry Pratchett became famous and beloved for imparting wise and worthy social commentary via spot-on, laugh-out-loud humor, unique and personable characters, and plots with great mysteries."
— From Zazu's Past Picks 2


The Glitch: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542784
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Published: Doubleday - May 22nd, 2018

" Part techno-thriller, part techno-satire, Cohen’s debut is a funny, engaging read..."
—Diana Platt, BOOKLIST review


The Optimistic Decade Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616206307
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 1st, 2018

"Abel, who previously worked as a reporter, is a perceptive writer whose astute observations keep the book funny and light even under the weight of its Big Ideas."
—Zoe Greenberg, The New York Times