Life gets a bit serious sometimes and nothing cuts the stress of that quite like raucous laughter. Your go-to might be a favorite movie or a stand-up comedy special but I love a good book. If you are a fan of inappropriate, slightly gross humor and a little debauchery then you should check out some of my must-reads:

1. Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

You will quickly learn that I have a bit of an obsession with Chelsea Handler and this book ranks #1 for me because it is absolutely hilarious, though it is closely followed by her other books My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands and Chelsea, Chelsea, Bang, Bang. These are real-life stories from Chelsea’s life and the crazy situations she and her girlfriends have gotten into over the years. Either you will be in tears reading it, or I am far too easily amused.

2. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max

Disclaimer: This book is insanely inappropriate and if you are easily offended you will not be into it at all. However, I have a sick and twisted mind and think it is amazing. Tucker Max is a womanizer with a drinking problem and his stories of debauchery make him my male version of Chelsea Handler. He is despicable and that is why I love him.

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3. Bossypants by Tina Fey

If you don’t love Tina Fey then get out of here, I don’t need your kind of negativity in my life. This woman is a comedic genius and a fantastic storyteller. You will most likely have to cross your legs to stop from peeing yourself. Or just pee yourself, whatever.

4. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

This man is probably my soulmate. Just saying. Too bad I’m not exactly his type. This is a collection of essays about the author’s life growing up in America and then moving to France with his significant other and hilariously trying to attempt to speak French. I am describing it poorly because it doesn’t sound funny but seriously, read it.

5. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (a mostly true memoir) by Jenny Lawson

The best thing about Jenny Lawson is her completely shameless discussion of mental illness and how it has affected her life. I need to be her friend. She discusses her life and the most uncomfortable and awkward parts of it. For those of you who read her blog (The Bloggess – check it out) you will be even more in love with her than ever before.