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A woman walks into the library and asks for books with cliffhanger endings. The librarian says—to be continued!

OK, that’s a really bad joke. I know. But I need a few laughs, bad jokes and all. Fortunately, there are some really funny writers out there, and I recommend you look to them for comic relief—not this corny librarian.

Looking through the OverDrive catalog, I found plenty of titles to boost my spirits. And knowing that humor is a very personal thing, I have to offer the caveat that the titles listed below may not tickle your funny bone, but please don’t frown. I pulled this sample of funny books from National Public Radio’s reader’s poll “We Did It for the LOLs: 100 Favorite Books” taken in the summer of 2019. The list includes memoirs, essays, comics and cartoons, novels, fantasy and science fiction, nonfiction, kids’ and young adult books, poetry, classics, and short stories. If you would like to take a look at the NPR list, go to and type in “funny books” in the search box.

So, did you hear about the reader who checked out a book about antigravity? It was so good she couldn’t put it down. OK, sorry for that. Yuk, yuk, yuk.

  • “Bossypants” by Tina Fey (available as eBook and eAudiobook).
  • “Forever Erma: Best-Loved Writing from America’s Favorite Humorist” by Erma Bombeck (available as eBook).
  • “The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories” by Patrick McManus (available as eBook).
  • “I Was Told There’d Be Cake: Essays” by Sloane Crosley (available as eBook and eAudiobook).
  • “Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog” by Dave Barry (available as eBook and eAudiobook).
  • “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail” by Bill Bryson (available as eBook and eAudiobook).
  • “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays” by Samantha Irby (available as eBook and eAudiobook).

What FVRL eBook Readers Are Checking Out Now


“1984” by George Orwell.

“The Ideal Man” by Julie Garwood.


“Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom” by Thomas E. Ricks.

“Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Caroline Fraser.


“The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick.

“Team BFF—Race to the Finish!: Girls Who Code Series” by Stacia Deutsch.

This is just a small sampling of the many new titles added each week to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District collection. Visit the district’s 15 locations, our website at, or call (360) 906-5000 to reserve titles or find additional listings.