Happy April Fools Day!
To celebrate this humorous holiday, I thought it might be fun to share some hilarious novels.
I did my best to try had pick books from several different genres on top of being comedic reading experiences. That way, hopefully, everyone will find a book that suits them.
Popular Hits of the Showa Era by Ryū Murakami
First book up, my pick for contemporary fiction.
I did a whole review for this book, so for a full-on review please read that.
Popular Hits of the Showa Era by Ryū Murakami is about a bloody fight to the death between two groups. Sounds like a gang war story, or maybe something political? Nope! It’s bloodsport between a gaggle of older women and a bunch of Incels.
With each death, the violence ramps up to almost Looney Tunes proportions, if Looney Tunes were made by Quentin Tarantino.
It is brutal and hilarious. Not for the squeamish or faint-hearted, it is a wild ride.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
How could I not include this classic?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is my favourite novel. I had to make it the SciFi entry.
Arthur Dent is not having a good day. First, his house is going to be demolished, next thing he knows his friend whisks him away to an alien ship as the earth is destroyed. Things only get weirder from there, he could get the hang of Thursdays.
This novel is so British, witty and creative. A must-read for SciFi fanatics who love to laugh.
This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
They do say that laughter is the best medicine.
Taking the non-fiction spot is This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor. It is exactly what it says in the title, giving us an insight into the daily life of doctors. Kay’s sarcastic writing style is entertaining and had me laughing out loud when I first read it.
For the most part, it is pretty lighthearted, but given the subject matter, there are some serious moments so consider yourself warned.
Jam by Yahtzee Croshaw
This has to be the sweetest apocalypse ever.
Sick of all the zombie apocalypse stories, Yahtzee Croshaw wrote Jam in protest. A story in which the whole country of Australia is coated in carnivorous strawberry jam.
Yes, you read that right, carnivorous strawberry jam.
The best part is that isn’t even the weirdest thing to happen in Jam. This book is mental in the best way possible.
It is a weird book, but a fun read with some quality laughs.
The Devil Is a Part-Timer! by Satoshi Wagahara
Before you say so, yes I love the anime adaptation too.
For my light novel pick, I went with perhaps my favourite light novel series, The Devil Is a Part-Timer!
When the Demon King flees his world after a crushing defeat from the holy heroine, he ends up in the modern world. Instead of trying to take over this new land, he ends up working at a fast-food chain with his second in command becoming a house husband.
As is the case with light novels, it has a lot of volumes. It just ended this year in its 21st instalment. So if you do end up enjoying it as much as I did, you have plenty of content to read!