What’s so funny? YALSA’s Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults committee wants you to tell us with your field suggestions for “Humor Me: Funny, Fantastic and Witty Reads.” We’ll look for laughs in anything, including collections of jokes, comedian memoirs, off-the-wall mangas, satires like Meg Rosoff’s There is No Dog, darkly humorous books full of both tragedy and comedy (remember weeping and laughing through John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars?), even historical accounts of ridiculous deaths such as Georgia Bragg’s How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous.
Humor is subjective, so the committee needs suggestions from all points of view (and senses of humor). Anyone can suggest titles — this includes teens, adults, teachers, young adult literature fans, comedians, and class clowns. Books just have to be paperback and in print, so suggest fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and more with the online form.
Not laughing yet? Take a look at PPYA’s other lists: “Conflicted: Life During Wartime” and “GLBTQ: Books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer-Wuestioning, Intersexed, Asexual Individuals, and Their Allies.”
— Lisa Goldstein, currently reading Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks