Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Funny Books: What's Your Humor Style?

Laughter is the best medicine, they say. We all love to laugh - but we certainly don't all find the same things funny! Psychology Today once featured an article about humor styles - according to them, there are four. In the spirit of reader's advisory (that's what librarians call book suggestions), we thought we we would try to suggest new humorous stories based on your humor style. So, if your style is:

Put-Down Humor
"This aggressive type of humor is used to criticize and manipulate others through teasing, sarcasm and ridicule."

Bonding Humor
"People who use bonding humor are fun to have around; they say amusing things, tell jokes, engage in witty banter and generally lighten the mood."
Try: The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Hate-Me Humor
"In this style of humor, you are the butt of the joke for the amusement of others."

Laughing at Life
"When we admire someone who 'doesn't take himself too seriously,' this is the temperament we're talking about. More than just a way of relating to other people, it's a prism that colors the world in rosier shades. Someone with this outlook deploys humor to cope with challenges, taking a step back and laughing at the absurdities of everyday life."
Try: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

How did we do? If none of the suggestions suit, you can also try:

  •  A search of "Humorous stories" in the catalog. This will include funny kids' books.
  • A search of "Humorous stories" in the library catalog, using the Advanced Search to filter out "juvenile" and "easy". Should be primarily YA and above.
  • A search "Wit and humor" in the catalog for jokes, quotes, and miscellaneous.

For books about  humor, try:

American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny by Christopher Miller

The Humor Code: A Global Search For What Makes Things Funny by Peter McGraw, PhD, and Joel Warner


25 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh [Flavorwire]

32 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh Out Loud [Buzzfeed]

Ten Funny Books You Might Not Have Read [Electric Lit]

Laughing Matters: Five Funny Books With Substance [NPR]

15 funniest travel books every written (in English) [CNN]

The 15 best comedy books of all time [Telegraph]

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