What is humorous to you?
I wanted the title to be "What is humor?" but the red-box notice informed me I must have at least 15 characters. Okay, I guess I can find something humorous about that instruction!
Carolyn in the Literary Fiction thread pointed out that some of William Faulkner's writing is "wickedly funny" to her, and many other readers agree. I confess that I don't associate Faulkner with funniness, and I wonder whether I even noticed his humor while I was reading most of his books and short stories that I've tried (most of it a long time ago and perhaps I've forgotten). In The Reivers I did think he was funny -- a pleasant surprise for me and it stayed with me -- but I think that's the only one.
Which brings me to: Humor is said to be the most subjective of tastes. And it comes in many, many styles and forms. What styles do you like most? What books do you think are particularly funny?
I never seem to know what will strike me as humorous. Take sarcasm which I only appreciate in small servings, as a relish. I know some readers and comedy-watchers who like to have sarcasm as the main course -- or at least laid on quite thickly. I am not big on guffaws, but I have embarrassed myself by laughing out loud at something that seems hilarious to me, while people around me haven't cracked a smile and are looking at me as if I've lost my marbles. I can't tell a joke without usually messing up the punchline, either.
I usually don't deliberately seek humor in books, but I like when it hits me unexpectedly.
I hope you all will share some of what you find amusing!