Let’s hope your hilarious awakening occurs on a sunny beach with friends or holed up in your apartment on the weekends.

So you love the grind and you’ve given up on work/life balance but who says the grind has to be all about you hunched over your desk grappling with projects. Enter hilarious books that will inspire new ideas and have you laughing at yourself. Because life is best when you can point out your mistakes and own them. Here are our top 9 Funny Reads for 2017.

 

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

Funny in Farsi is a hilariously heartfelt tale of strength and one girl’s fight to blend in even though she’s so special that she shouldn’t. We watch her try desperately to blend in and journey with her until she comes into her own, accepting the nuances of family and self that make her who she is. Firoozeeh Dumas has written what is undoubtedly the funniest immigrant story yet but that’s not all, she also manages to engage us in all the heavy topics like beauty standards, finances, legacy, marriage, government, immigrant people problems and the heaviest of all, Iran. You will think it unputdownable, or we will have a problem!

 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Indian family doctor dreams. Little Mindy had a lot to live up to but she was also the kid scared of her own bike so… Thank goodness because she gets to play doctor whenever she wants (her show Mindy) and writes the wittiest lines- Twitter, college graduation speeches…And Twitter. The book reads like a blog sometimes and if you fall in love with the book like I’m sure you will, it will be because she understands that the grind can be lonely and has gifted us with a book that comes really close to sounding like old college friends drunk on red wine.

 

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Amy goes to confession with this one…Clean like sharing about smoking pot, how she likes sex and is awesome at it, cringe-worthy pictures of her growing up, lower middle-class Boston issues and life lessons to remind every moaner out there that life is a bitch we must live with. There’s a reason Amy Poehler has such a following and it’s the very reason why you will be buying this book.

 

Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow

We weren’t supposed to ever know Judd Apatow. He should have been that cocky nerd who got stuck behind a desk and was never seen again. Nothing special there but that’s what’s so special. It’s not every day a kid born to parents whose parenting mantra is “Nobody said life was fair” gets to turn a passion for comedy into a living breathing career. This book could also have been titled Life lessons by Judd though I’m not sure he would have sold as many books if he had. The book is more about the business of being funny than it is about telling funny stories. In fact this is a business book with hard ass advice, shit that goes down when you’re looking to get ahead and how angst can be a great motivator. It’s all in there with true stories, interviews with industry heavyweights like Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Amy Schumer, Ben Stiller, Jimmy Fallon and Jon Stewart. His poignant writing, humor and interview style will have you kicking lazy creative buddies off their couches because if Judd could… This book could also have been titled “Hey I’m Judd and I will make you fall madly in love with me” because that’s what will happen.

 

Sleepwalk with me: and other painfully true stories by Mike Birbiglia

This dude is a hoot. Like, chuckles for days. No need to upgrade that ticket on your business trip. ‘Coach’ will do just fine since you won’t even notice where you are until pointed glares get too pointed and old women tell you to take your hyena-laugh down a notch. Such is the power of Mike’s funny storybook. A collection of painfully embarrassing narrations that will have you afraid to leave the house even though it’s not about you.

 

Glop: Nontoxic, Expensive Ideas That Will Make You Look Ridiculous and Feel Pretentious by Gabrielle Mossi

A straight up parody of Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, GOOP without being mean-spirited at all, I must add. “When did people get this pretentious” will keep running through your mind and when words like resin bits and organic beauty get too much for you to bear, you’ll check out Goop hoping that Gabrielle is just a hater but you’ll be disappointed because it’s quite accurate. Women all around the world started questioning their beauty routines when Gabrielle published this book but the beauty industry has clearly not suffered for it. It’s great book club material that will have you in stitches.

 

Sh*t my dad Says by Justin Halpern

If you always wished for a dad who curses like a sailor while dropping gemstones of advice then Justin Halpern graciously serves you one on a platter of print with this book. It’s not the first time Justin’s dad is making an appearance, it all started on Twitter when Justin started tweeting quotables from Halpern Senior. before deciding to write a book about it. Sh*t my Dad Says is not for anyone hung up on fluffy ideas of what a father should be like or for those who get easily offended by real-life conversation but if you value brutal honesty then this book will delight you as much as it has me.

 

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

Phoebe ought to bottle up her signature mix of self-deprecating and insightful. She would be set for life! She goes all out in this book to talk about the issues many in the minority (in America) face but find it hard to express because of the subject’s sensitive nature. Timeless lessons about compassion that we could all do well to remember. This book could open your eyes and your minds to the politics around minorities in the workplace and in business. Thanks Phebez!

 

I’m Judging You (The Do-Better Manual) by Luvvie Ajayi

This side-eye journal is everything! And to prove it, Shonda Rimes just picked it up. More reason why we have to snatch it up as fast as we can because ‘the early bird…Luvvie is so ‘real’ and there’s something about the book that calms you into thinking it’s okay to just be you and side-eye everyone else. There’s great stuff on life, funny stuff on friendships, loyalty, and the struggle. You want to be on a beach sipping rum with this one. Highly recommend you buy this as via audible because the only thing better than reading it is listening to it.

Sidenote: You can’t run out of lively conversation topics on a road trip with this one.

 

We are looking to round up this juicy list to 10 and you can be a part of our selection. Simply email us at eatprayoverachieve@gmail.com about a really funny book you think deserves to be on this list and we’ll see if it fits.