Jokes to Make a Reading Addict Smile

By February 22, 2017Language, Literature

All Reading Addicts need a bit of a laugh now and again so we have scoured the internet for some of the best literary puns, bookish jokes, and wordy funnies around. A little bit of fun wordplay can brighten up even the dullest days for many readers and writers, especially when it is particularly clever… Or particularly daft.

We hope to make you giggle, groan, and guffaw!




Do you dare continue? These jokes do not get any punnier… I mean, funnier…



Some of these are koala-ty jokes!

We hope that raised a smile, or made you laugh. If you can offer any more wordy or bookish puns and jokes we cannot wait to hear them!




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