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2021 Teen Reading Challenge: Books to Make You Laugh

Posted about 3 years ago by Jennifer Deuell

Readers, we are more than halfway through the 2021 RPL Teen Reading Challenge! It’s hard to believe we are already into the month of July. Thankfully, this year is measuring up to be a much better year for reading and otherwise!

This month’s reading prompt is to read something that will make you laugh and I am here for it! I don’t know about you but I am always up for a good laugh. And, during the summer I am always looking for a light, fun read. So, I’ve put together a list of items that are sure to have you laughing. From standup comedy to a reality show set in space. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot to revenge of the bullied nerd. You will find anything and everything on this list to have you ROFL!




Not in the mood to read a whole book? Then, check out these websites that are sure to have you bursting with laughter!

  • The Onion tauts itself as “America’s Finest News Source,” and it very well may be if you like your news with a side of satire.
  • Podcasts are always fun, and this one is certainly that! Socially Awkward is a series of improvised and non-sequitur interviews with teenagers to make you laugh.
  • Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is NPR’s weekly hour-long quiz program that is a hilariously good time. Play along on the radio or the web!
  • How about some good old fashioned jokes? One-liners, knock knock jokes, has them all!

Here’s to hoping one (or more) of these resources gets you laughing…because humor is the spice of life! If you are a teen, you can join the conversation taking place on our Discord server. We have a designated channel for readers to chat all month.  Not a member of the server yet?  Fill out this form and we’ll send you an invite.  Also, feel free to tag us on social media and share what you’re reading #2021rplteenreadingchallenge

Happy reading!

To visit (or revisit) my previous posts on the 2021 RPL Reading Challenge, follow these links:

The original post with info on how the challenge works.

Prompt 1 – Immigration in the U.S.

Prompt 2 – Teen Activism

Prompt 3 – Body Positivity

Prompt 4 – Protecting Our Environment

Prompt 5 – Shared Talents

Prompt 6 – Juneteenth

Check back next month for suggestions to fulfill Prompt 8, “Something recommended by someone you admire.”
















Jennifer Deuell

Jenn Deuell is a Librarian with Richmond Public Library. She is a native of Fredericksburg, VA but has lived in Richmond for long enough that she now considers it home. She loves all things YA and can usually be found curled up at home with a good book (rainy day or not). Her other hobbies include traveling and spending time with family, including her husband, daughter Hannah, and two rescued pit bulls. For YA reading recommendations from Jenn, visit Bookologist.

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