April Fool’s Day is quickly approaching, and we hope you’ve got plenty of funny (but harmless!) hijinks planned. In honour of this hilarious holiday, we’ve rounded up our favourite books that are guaranteed to have you laughing out loud this April Fool’s Day!
Based on a True Story by Norm MacDonald
If you’re looking for a conventional, run-of-the-mill celebrity memoir, then APRIL FOOL’S! This is not it. Former SNL cast member and stand-up comedian Norm MacDonald has written a hilarious maybe-true account of his life. Based on a True Story takes place during a cross-country trip with a friend to Las Vegas (I couldn’t help but be reminded of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Funny anecdotes from the comedian’s past are delivered in Norm’s blunt comedic style. There are plenty of moments that will leave you scratching your head, and some that are difficult to figure out if it’s a joke or not. This meta-memoir will deliver plenty of LOL moments.
The Little Old Lady Behaving Badly by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
I know what you’re thinking. When will someone write a thrilling heist novel that follows a gang of elderly criminals as they commit crimes? I am pleased to tell you that this book actually exists! And it’s the third book in a hilarious series by Swedish author Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg. This time, Martha and her octogenarian friends are headed to Saint-Tropez to execute their next big scam. These little old ladies are not to be underestimated and this book will have you smiling the entire time.
Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran
This laugh-out-loud collection of essays from the brilliant Caitlin Moran is exactly what you should read next. Touching on important issues such as politics, feminism, and marginalized groups, Moran offers an honest perspective that is both relatable and razor-sharp. She also shares her thoughts on topics that include reality TV and fangirling, making this book a truly comprehensive guide to modern day society.
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
When Charles Wang loses his fortune during the financial crisis, he decides to pack up his entire family and take a cross-country trip to get them back on track. Plenty of hijinks follow, as well as some touching and relatable moments between family members. The Wang family will have you cackling as they are forced to step out of their comfort zones to get their lives back. The Wangs vs. the World is a highly entertaining and heartwarming read!
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay is an incredibly talented and insightful cultural commentator, and Bad Feminist is EVERYTHING. The book is a blend of pop culture, personal anecdotes and sociopolitical musings. Each essay provides important context on modern culture and sheds light on what needs to change in our society. Gay admits her own shortcomings and provides an honest approach to feminism and social and political awareness. The anecdotes are funny, insightful and real.
Everything Is Perfect When You’re A Liar by Kelly Oxford
Do you follow Kelly Oxford on Twitter? If not, you SHOULD, because her tweets are highly amusing. And her book features the same sharp wit that helped Oxford rise to social media fame. Everything Is Perfect When You’re A Liar is an entertaining book of essays that will have you actually LOLing. Sharing everything from tidbits about her marriage and kids to musings on popular culture, Kelly Oxford is outrageously funny.
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson
This story features a trio of unlikely characters: a hotel receptionist, an atheist vicar, and a hitman. When the three hatch up a plan to take over the Swedish underground, everyone is set to make a fortune. But when Hitman Anders starts to question the meaning of life and turns to Jesus for answers, the plan goes haywire – fast! With a delightful premise and quirky characters, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is the perfect lighthearted adventure for April Fool’s Day!
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
From the creators of the incredibly popular podcast comes Welcome to Night Vale, a strange and clever mystery unlike any other book you’ve read. Night Vale is an imaginative and weird town filled with peculiar residents, from a pawn shop owner who never ages to a boy whose appearance won’t stay the same. When the strange happenings in town get even stranger, the people of Night Vale must work together to find answers. This book is charmingly unique and will have you laughing out loud with its sheer oddness.
Lady Parts by Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin is a comedy legend who got her start on the Canadian sketch comedy series SCTV (other alumni include Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, and Martin Short). Andrea’s book, Lady Parts, is a collection of sidesplitting essays about her rise to fame and the struggles that accompanied it. She opens up about show business, relationships, and being a mother in this hysterical yet touching collection.
This is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe (On Sale 05/02/2017)
I can’t wait for this book! Precious actress Gabourey Sidibe shares her unique life story in her new memoir, out next month. In This is Just My Face, the actress offers a glimpse into life before her rise to fame, including details about her polygamous father, dieting as a young girl, and her first job as a sex “talker”. Gabourey writes in an honest and charming style, like a friend telling you stories while hanging out. No subject matter is off-limits, and Gabourey shares her feelings on body image, celebrity and friendships in a really special way.
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