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170 Book Puns: Funny Puns & Jokes You’ll Never Forget

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In a world where humor is often complicated with elaborate anecdotes and complex strings of reasoning, the humble pun is a breath of fresh air. As the gold standard of wordplay, these tiny pieces of wit can entertain, amuse, stimulate creativity, and inevitably elicit a few groans.

So, if you’re a bookworm with a penchant for wordplay, get ready to embark on a delightful journey through the world of book puns.

What is a Pun?

Pun Definition: A pun is a form of wordplay that exploits multiple meanings of a term or similarity in sounds to create a humorous or rhetorical effect.

A pun is a type of wordplay that involves exploiting the multiple meanings of a term, or words that sound similar but have different meanings, in order to create humor or a play on words. Puns are used for comedic effect, as they rely on the clever and unexpected use of language.

Let’s dive into a great list of bookish puns to brighten up your day and make you smile, groan, and cringe.

Classic Book Puns

Hardcover book with sunglasses

This is where your bookshelf becomes a comedy club. Here, we don’t judge a book by its cover, but we sure do pun about it. Have you heard of the book trying to keep its balance while being a real page-turner? Or do you know about the book with a cliffhanger so bad it gave everyone vertigo? They called it “The Pendulum of Pun-ishment.”

  • Want to hear a joke about a book? Never mind. It’s tear-rible.
  • I’d tell you a joke about a book, but it’s bound to be bad.
  • Why don’t books get into fights? Because they prefer to resolve their conflicts in a binding agreement.
  • What did the paperback say to the hardcover? “You’re so rigid.”
  • Why did the book join the police? It wanted to go undercover.
  • What do books wear in winter? A hard-cover.
  • Why did the book go to the doctor? It had a broken spine.
  • Not all books are created sequel.
  • Why are books so afraid of their sequels? Because they always come after them.
  • What did one book say to the other during a fight? “You’re not on my page anymore.”
  • Why did the book go to therapy? Because it had too many issues.
  • This story leaves a plot to be desired.
  • What do you call a group of book friends? A novel bunch.
  • Why was the book so good at using Tinder? It had a good opening line.
  • I lost my book near the pond. I found it in the reads.
  • Why did the book go on the game show? It always gave textbook answers.

Book Title Puns

Book titled 'Lord of the Fries' with french fries

Imagine a world where books not only transport us to magical realms but also double as comedians. “The Grape Gatsby,” or “Lord of the Fries,” anyone? This is where book titles get a playful makeover, and author names are not spared either.

  • What do you get when you drop some books in the ocean? A title wave.
  • Dystopian novels are so 1984.
  • Have you heard of the famous food fight book? It’s called War and Peas.
  • Did the bartender tell you his favorite book? It’s Tequila Mockingbird.
  • A classic barbecue enthusiast’s guide to outdoor cooking was called To Grill a Mockingbird.
  • “Fried and Prejudice” – a book on a chef’s struggle against culinary criticism.
  • What’s the best book for Halloween? A Midsummer’s Night Scream.
  • You should write a book about a baker’s journey through the justice system and call it Crime and Bunishment.
  • Why is John Milton a terrible guest at game nights? Because when he’s around, there’s a pair of dice lost.
  • I got my friend to read Jane Austen. She just needed a little Persuasion.
  • The Great Eggspectations was a hopeful tale about the world’s most ambitious breakfast.
  • BrontĂ« is such a breath of fresh Eyre.
  • What’s the best book to read while eating breakfast? Much Ado About Muffin.
  • My favorite story is King Author and the Knights of the Round Table.
  • So you were outside, and then you saw a raven? Cool story, Poe.
  • Did you hear that John Green got lost in Canada? Yeah, he was Looking for Alaska.
  • Pride and Produce was a story of the love of vegetables in Victorian England.
  • What book did the librarian take out for her cat? The Prince and the Paw-purr.
  • I saw a vampire in a snowstorm. It was very Wuthering Bites.
  • You’ve never read Fitzgerald? You Gatsby kidding me.
  • A Tail of Two Kitties was a whimsical story about feline multiple personality disorder.
  • My best friend just told me she doesn’t like Lord of the Rings, but she definitely doesn’t know what she’s Tolkien about.
  • What makes “Civil Disobedience” such a great essay? Thoreau editing.

Book Character Puns

Dracula vampire holding a glass of orange liquid

This is a literary playground where beloved characters from our favorite novels get a hilariously punny makeover. Here, characters don’t just live within the pages of a book; they leap out, armed with wordplay and wit sharper than Excalibur. This is where Hamlet would have struggled to decide if it was nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous puns or to take arms against a sea of groaners.

  • Ever wonder what happens when you cross a literary character with a pun? You get Moby Duck, the whale of a tale that’s more quack than fact. 
  • That’s Plain Eyre, the girl who is always overlooked at social gatherings.
  • What did Mr. Darcy say to Elizabeth? “I had a will of iron until you Bennet it.”
  • Why did Sherlock Holmes become a gardener? Because he wanted to know the best way to grow mysteries.
  • What’s Dracula’s favorite snack? A blood orange.
  • What’s Hamlet’s favorite dish? A Danish.
  • How does the Little Mermaid communicate underwater? She uses a shellphone.
  • How does Elizabeth Bennet reject suitors? With Pride and Prejudice.
  • What’s Winnie the Pooh’s favorite exercise? Pooh-lates.
  • How does Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde solve disputes? With a split decision.
  • What does the White Rabbit use to tell time? A hare-loom watch.
  • I read a book about Teflon, but it contained no frictional characters.
  • That character sticks out like a sore theme. 

Genre and Subject Puns

A Book titled 'Authobiography' with car on cover

We have just landed in the riotous world of genre and subject puns, where every literary category can get a comical makeover. Get ready for a journey through a landscape where science fiction becomes science friction because the characters just can’t seem to get along, and where the fantasy novel goes to therapy because it has far too many dragons to slay.

  • Why did the book break up with the movie? It felt like it was getting too scripted.
  • Audiobooks really speak to me.
  • Leave poems to the prose.
  • I’m writing a book on reverse psychology. Do NOT read it.
  • I got lost in a novel about mazes.  
  • Have you read the book on teleportation? It’ll definitely take you places.
  • My favorite book is about a tornado – it’s a real page-turner.
  • I started a book about gravity. It’s heavy. 
  • What did people say about the book on Mount Everest? It had quite a cliffhanger.
  • What is a car’s favorite genre? Autobiography.
  • What’s a comedian’s favorite book? The Pun Also Rises.
  • The poor history book cannot build a successful relationship because she cannot stop talking about her exes.
  • How do you organize a space party? You planet in the sci-fi section.
  • The high school music teacher was controversial for having his students read band books.
  • Why is the math book always unhappy? Because it has too many problems.
  • Why was the book on economics so captivating? It had a lot of interest.
  • Horror stories are scary. They send shivers up the spine.
  • The detective novel I read was amazing. It was an open and shut book-case.
  • I was looking for a book that was out of this world, so I decided to read a sci-fi novel.
  • Writing about time travel takes so much creativity — you have to think outside the clocks.
  • My plan to read books about sinkholes fell through. 
  • What did the drawing pad say to the novel? I’m drawing a blank.

Author and Writing Puns

A laughing author typing on a classic typewriter

From classic writers to contemporary word wranglers, no one is safe from our pun-tiful humor. Whether you’re Hemingway or just hemming your way through your debut book, you’ll find these jokes to be the perfect literary companions. This is where you meet the author who breaks up with the alphabet because they were tired of all the character issues, and the author who baked because he had a knead for storytelling.

  • Why did the scarecrow become a successful author? Because he was outstanding in his field.
  • Writers are cold because they’re surrounded by drafts.
  • Why did the writer bring a ladder to the bar? They heard the drinks were on the house.
  • The author had writer’s block. He needed a novel idea.
  • Did you hear about the author in jail? They put him in the writer’s block because he couldn’t get past his first sentence.
  • Why did the writer gossip to his editor? He was a title-tattle.
  • The author is at the end of his trope. 
  • The author should keep going, since she’s on the write track.
  • Why do authors prefer to write in cafes? Because the coffee helps them espresso their thoughts.
  • What’s a writer’s favorite weather? A brainstorm.
  • What’s a writer’s favorite snack? Synonym rolls.
  • Why did the aspiring author sit outside in the storm? She was chasing the perfect twister.
  • My favorite author is S.O. Teric. You’ve probably never heard of him.
  • Why did the author write in jail? Because she had a captive audience.
  • What is the spookiest kind of author? A ghostwriter.
  • He made an author you can’t refuse. 
  • What did the writer name his daughter? Page Turner.
  • You can’t be both a chef and an author. It’s too easy to cook the books. 
  • Why do writers make terrible soccer players? They keep missing their goals.
  • I used to care, but Orwell, it doesn’t really matter.
  • Herman Smellville was a writer who wrote a fishy story about a big whale.
  • Salmon Rushdi needs to write a story about fish.
  • Why did Shakespeare never use a smartphone? Because it made him ask: “2B or not 2B?”
  • Charles Chickens was an author who sometimes wrote about farm life.
  • Virginia Woof’s stories always had bit of a bark.
  • Dewey go together? I think so.
  • Looking to get into horror? All you need is a Lovecraft. 
  • J.K. Prowling is a modern author who is always on the hunt for the next magical story.
  • How does Voltaire like his apples? Candied.
  • What was Socrates’ favorite thing to mold? Play dough.

Spelling & Grammar Puns

Stylized dinosaur labeled 'A Thesaurus' with books

In this hilarious category, grammar gremlins and punctuation pedants guide us on a groan-inducing journey through the pun-derworld of Spelling & Grammar Puns. This is where the barman asks the comma, “What is the point of your existence,” and the hyphen refuses to fight because it didn’t want to be drawn into a long dash.

  • What’s the difference between cats and a comma? Cats have claws at the end of their paws and commas are a pause at the end of a clause.
  • Past, present, and future walked into a bar. It was tense.
  • What’s the longest word in the dictionary? Smiles because there’s a mile between each s.
  • I’ve grown close with 25 letters of the alphabet, and I don’t know Y. 
  • What dinosaur knows a lot of synonyms? A thesaurus.
  • How does a book flirt with a dictionary? By using a lot of suggestive words.
  • Witches make the best editors because they always run spell check.
  • Why did the pregnant woman shout “couldn’t, wouldn’t, and shouldn’t”? She was having contractions.
  • How do you comfort a grammar nerd? Say, “There, their, they’re.”
  • Metaphors be with you.
  • One time, my teacher said, “Name two pronouns.” I answered, “Who, me?”
  • Seven days without a pun makes a writer weak.
  • Book had to go to the editor’s hospital yesterday. There was something wrong with his appendix.
  • Podiatry books use footnotes. Proctology books use endnotes. 
  • This book makes me [sic]. 
  • I don’t date apostrophes anymore. The last one was so possessive.
  • Why did the comma break up with the sentence? Because it wanted to take a pause.

Reader and Reading Puns

Man with big smile reading an open book

Welcome to the pun-demonium of reader and reading Puns, the place where reading isn’t just a hobby; it’s a source of endless humor and wordplay. This is where we learn about the reader who was also a gardener because they knew how to grow their plot, and the book enthusiast who was so addicted to cliffhangers that they fell for every book they opened.

  • The reader couldn’t put the book down because it had a gripping plot.
  • I’m reading a book on anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down.
  • Why are ghosts always reading? They move through books quickly and easily.
  • Readers do it between the covers.
  • Readers do it by the book.
  • Why did the dog run after the book? He was chasing his tale.
  • Why did the Romanian stop reading for the night? To give his Bucharest.
  • Why don’t skeletons read books? Because they don’t have the guts.
  • Sorry, I can’t hang out. My weekend is fully booked.
  • He was a real bookworm, always devouring the pages.
  • I don’t loan out my books. Some say I’m shelf-ish.
  • Readers never get lost; they’re always found in the pages of a good book.
  • What’s a reader’s favorite kind of ice cream? Bookberry swirl.

Library & Librarian Puns

Woman laughing heartily in library aisle

In this section, we dive deep into the Dewey Decimal System of Humor, cataloging jokes that would make even the sternest librarian crack a smile. Think of this as your speakeasy of literary laughter, where shushing is replaced by snickering and where silence is broken only by the occasional groan-inducing pun. Here, you’ll find librarians who can recommend the perfect book based on your punny personality and shelves so full of groan-worthy jokes they might just topple over.

  • The librarian was very angry. Someone took a page out of his book.
  • How do librarians flirt? By asking for your call number.
  • Why did the librarian get kicked off the plane? Because she had too many bookings.
  • What vegetables do librarians like? Quiet peas.
  • Why did the librarian fall down? She was in the non-friction section.
  • The librarian was reincarnated as a bookmark because he always knew his place.
  • The librarian is very shelf-aware and knows exactly where every book belongs.
  • Why was the library so tall? Because it had a lot of stories.
  • If you’re feeling numb, head to the library. Libraries are good for circulation.
  • Beverages are prohibited in the library, just in case people pour milk on the serials.
  • I wanted to visit the world’s biggest library but it was overbooked.
  • The long-lost Book was returned to the library. It was a turn-up for the books.
  • Why was the encyclopedia removed from the library? It couldn’t control its volume.
  • What does one library book say to the other? “Can I take you out?”
  • This reader really likes me — he keeps checking me out.
  • Are you sure you want to borrow all those books? You don’t want to overdue it.
  • This book has fine written all over it.  
  • What did the frog say when it went to the library? “Reddit, reddit.”
  • Why did the detective go to the library? He wanted to check out a mystery.

Book Club Puns

Group of joyful people laughing with bookshelf background

In this corner of our literary world, we believe every book club should come with a side of chuckles. Whether your book club is more “Lord of the Grapes” when the reds and whites are poured, whether it turns into “Weathering Bites” on a stormy snack-filled evening, or whether it exists as “Pies and Prejudice” over baked desserts, this section is a pun-derful journey through our collection of book club jests.

  • What do you call a book club in which members actually read the book selections? A novel idea.
  • Did you hear about the book club that only reads romance novels? They’re on the same page when it comes to love.
  • Why did the book club choose to meet in a garden? Because they wanted to have bookish conversations on a plot of their own.
  • What do you call a book club that meets at a coffee shop? A latte-rature club.
  • Why did the book club choose a bakery as their meeting place? Because they wanted to discuss dough-cumentaries.

Bonus: Funny Book & Writing Jokes

Clown reading a book titled 'How to be Funny'

Welcome to the bonus round of literary laughter where jokes and witticisms are welcome but puns are banned. Brace yourself for an avalanche of jokes so dry they need an oasis and so cheesy they belong in a fondue pot.

  • Why did the reader step onto the crosswalk? To read between the lines.
  • I started to write a book on cats, but writing on paper was so much easier.
  • My characters keep complaining about being cliches. I told them it’s just part of the hero’s journey. They rolled their eyes, which is a very cliche thing to do.
  • I just cannot trust authors. They always make up stories.
  • What do you get when you cross a librarian and a lawyer? All the information you want, but you can’t understand a word of it.
  • I asked the librarian if the library had any books on paranoia. She whispered, “They’re right behind you …”
  • Why was the autobiography a bit too self-centered? It always thought it was all about “meme.” 
  • I just read a book about Stockholm Syndrome. It was terrible at first, but by the end, I liked it.
  • Books are very much like children. They take too long to get to the point, and you can’t leave them alone for a second.
  • My friend tried to write a novel about procrastination, but he never made it past the title page.
  • I went to a bookstore that only sold self-help books. The employees were incredibly smug.
  • My characters are starting to write themselves. I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or whether they’re plotting a rebellion against my terrible plot twists.

Final Thoughts

As we conclude this experience, keep in mind the creed of every pun enthusiast: “Every time a pun is made, a librarian sighs, but deep down, laughs.” Our journey through the aisles of humor has shown us that even the most solemn book can include a joke, and the sternest author can wear a grin.

So, keep those puns coming, even if they elicit more eye-rolls than applause. Happy reading, and even happier punning.

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