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Clever With a Side of Sarcasm

Posted 8 months ago by April S

Posted in eBooks and Audiobooks and Fiction, Graphic Novels and Poetry | Tagged with clever, Coming of Age, engaging, essays, funny fiction, Humor, quirky characters, reading recommendations, sarcasm, sardonic tone, snarky and witty writing style

Growing up, my mom often told me -- "you have a smart mouth." Is that an insult or a compliment? After all, who doesn't want to be thought of as smart? Sarcasm is one of those things that people either get or don't. It has the power to evoke laughter, but it can also be stinging in nature -- it all depends on how it's being used and who it's directed at. Basically, you really need to be careful when it comes to the use of sarcasm.  

I'm a fan of clever, ridiculous, absurd and deadpan humor, which explains my tendency to be a little sarcastic from time to time. If you appreciate this type of humor, then you'll enjoy the selection of books featured below. According to Novelist, these books have a sardonic tone and witty writing style.

What is a sardonic tone?

Dry humor and biting wit set the tone in these stories.

What is a witty writing style?

These cleverly written books use language in an inventive, humorous way.

Check out these sardonic and witty books

The Little Clan by Iris Martin Cohen

"The Little Clan" by Iris Martin Cohen

In this humorous yet keenly observant coming-of-age story, Cohen brings us into a boisterous literary world bathed in hubris and ambition. With eloquent prose and affecting storytelling, "The Little Clan" is both a wickedly fun yet sharply insightful look at friendship, feminism and finding yourself in your twenties.

Also available in Audio and eAudio.

"No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters" by Ursula K. Le Guin

Drawing on her blog, the author shares a collection of thoughts on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation.

No time to spare by Ursula K. Le Guin
Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley

"Look Alive Out There" by Sloane Crosley

From the New York Times–bestselling author Sloane Crosley comes a brand-new collection of essays filled with her trademark hilarity, wit, and charm. The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really.

Also available in Audio.

"My Ex-Life" by Stephen McCauley

Hitting rock bottom after his beautiful apartment is sold to his ex, David receives an unexpected call from his first wife, Julie, and agrees to help her sullen teen daughter get into college, an endeavor that brings lingering feelings and unresolved issues to light.

My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley
Living the Dream by Lauren Berry

"Living the Dream" by Lauren Berry

A marketing employee who doubts the relevance of her work and a screenwriter who has not been able to land an agent come together over the contrast between the lives they want and the lives they lead.

"This Could Hurt" by Jillian Medoff

Five human resources colleagues navigate the emotional complexities of their ambitions, hopes, and fears as their small company is buffeted by economic forces that threaten to upend its employees.

Also available in Audio and eBook.

This could hurt by Jillian Medoff
Before the War by Fay Weldon

"Before the War" by Fay Weldon

An unfashionable and intelligent spinster in the 1920s gets married to a charismatic gentleman while hiding the secret that she will die in childbirth after bearing another man's baby. By the award-winning author of "Wicked Women."

"Touch" by Courtney Maum

A trend forecaster hired by a leading tech company suddenly finds herself in the position of wanting to overturn her own predictions when she senses the beginning of a movement against electronics in favor of compassion, empathy, and "in-personism."

Also available in eBook.

Touch by Courtney Maum
The refrigerator monologues / Catherynne Valente

"The Refrigerator Monologues" by Catherynne M. Valente

Collects a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes who are harmed or killed so that a male character's storyline will progress.

Also available in eAudio.

"Rich People Problems" by Kevin Kwan

Rushing to the deathbed of his grandmother, Nicholas Young encounters a massive clan eager to claim a share of the family fortune, win the hearts of loved ones, destroy each other's reputations, and outmaneuver professional rivals.

Also available in eBook and eAudio.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

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