Are you trying to explore different genres? Me too! I just love fiction- from fantasy, magical realism, family sagas, humour, historical fiction, classics and so much more! But at the same time, there’s so much to read in non fiction as well – biographies, memoirs, essays! And boy, it can get heavy. So I thought of starting with something small and bright, and viola!
Here, I introduce you to my list of five hilarious essays to start with non fiction that are so relatable, it’ll make you jump and LOL!
I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
New York Times bestseller, ‘I Was Told There’d Be Cake’ by Sloane Crosley is a collection of 15 hilarious essays. From a collection of plastic ponies in the kitchen drawer to being a full-on bridesmaid of her high school bff, Crowley is just your New York City neighbour. Decoding the odd experiences of modern daily life in the bustling city with her original voice, Crowley becomes you and happily brings out the complex beauty and a bit of a refreshing confidence in the urban struggles.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
Issa Rae’s ‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’ is an absolute blast! From witty humour to vivid ethnicity, you have it all. The best part of the book are the ABGs – Black girls’ guides, from types of Black people to types of coworkers. Uncool school years, complex relationships, non ideal weight and a sensitive scalp- it’s like my life is a side salad of this book. Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert or ambivert, black, white or brown, pick this book up and fall in love with Issa.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? ( and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling
In this 2011 instant humour, Mindy Kaling has shared with us parts for her life, from changing friendships, fleeing auditions and parties, her hatred for bikes till her life as a writer in The Office. Though sometimes relatable, this is an opinionated book, and wouldn’t really be recommended if you’re currently not doing great in life.
We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby
This set of essays on the other hand is absolutely perfect however you’re doing in life. Creator of the blog ‘Bitches gotta eat’, Samantha Irby has written such a real and relatable account of her life, that each one of the essay’s gonna make you keep your hand on your heart and say “Oh, I feel you!” So sit down on the yellow, worn couch with a room temperature beer and laugh out loud with this amazing read.
Here For It – Or How To Save Your Soul In America by R. Eric Thomas
Written by one of the most hilarious people on the internet, Here For It is humorous, true and heartfelt all at once. Its the story of his journey of self discovery and the discovery of the world around him everyday. The questions he asks to the past, present and future Erics and in turn, the readers, are so real; if you’ve felt like an ‘other’ in your life, this is the book!
Also Samantha Irby and R. Eric Thomas kind of share the same vibes!
Do let me know in the comments which one of these was your absolute favourite.