Humor fiction intends to make the reader laugh. It can feature outlandish situations, quirky characters, or commentary on modern life.
It can be subtly amusing or laugh-out-loud funny!
- Up-lit: Uplifting, cheerful stories
- Satire: Criticizes politics or topical issues
- Black comedy: Makes light of “serious” or painful topics
- Romantic comedy: Lighthearted love stories with a happy ending
- Parody: Imitates a popular work in a humorous way
Bad Monkey / Carl Hiaasen (2013)
A soon-to-be-retired cop in Miami must solve a murder case involving a human arm left in his freezer.
Catch-22 / Joseph Heller (1961)
An absurdist satire following a bombardier and his squadron as they try to maintain their sanity during WWII.
The Eyre Affair / Jasper Fforde (2001)
A “literary detective” must enter the novel Jane Eyre to save the titular character from a kidnapping.
A Man Called Ove / Fredrik Backman (2012)
A lively family moves next door to a curmudgeonly old man, turning his solitary world upside-down.
My Year of Rest and Relaxation / Ottessa Moshfegh (2018)
A wealthy, privileged, but troubled woman decides to hibernate for a year by living off prescription drugs.
The Rosie Project / Graeme Simsion (2013)
A genetics professor sets out to use analytics to find the “perfect” wife but falls for someone very imperfect.
Sacré Bleu / Christopher Moore (2012)
A young painter sets out to solve the mystery of Van Gogh’s suicide, taking him on a surreal journey through Paris.
The Sellout / Paul Beatty (2015)
A young man gets caught up in a trial at the Supreme Court in this biting satire of race relations in the U.S.
The Spellman Files / Lisa Lutz (2017)
A private investigator decides to leave her family’s detective firm, but must take one last case before she goes.
Surprise Me / Sophie Kinsella (2018)
A couple decides to start leaving surprises for each other so their marriage never becomes boring.
Then We Came to the End / Joshua Ferris (2007)
The employees of a Chicago advertising firm cope with layoffs through gossip, pranks, and coffee breaks.
This Could Hurt / Jillian Medoff (2018)
A 60-something H.R. employee struggles to keep her devoted staff in one piece amidst layoffs.
This Is Where I Leave You / Johnathan Tropper (2009)
A father’s dying wish is for his dysfunctional family to spend an entire week together in the same house.
Where’d You Go Bernadette / Maria Semple (2012)
When her mother runs away, a woman must piece together everything left behind to track her back down again.