… or at least make you chuckle?
(Top Ten Tuesday is a meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Join in the fun! Let us know your picks in the comments sections!)
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
- The Beautiful Game by David Skuy. I grinned through vast swaths of the book. The dialogue is spot-on: teenage (pre-teen?) boys and girls hanging out and being goofs and zinging each other and themselves. Reading those conversations took me right back to the many times I’ve hung out with a certain group of friends; I think a lot of readers will have that reaction.
- Text Talk by merlywhirls. Very possibly the funniest fic I’ve yet read, and my fic reading tended toward the humourous side of HP fics. The Marauders in a non-magic AU: Sirius et al. are at school; Remus is in the hospital.
- Audrey (cow) by Dan Bar-el and illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss. You will laugh out loud. You will also sob, but you will laugh more than you weep.
- Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. Humour and truth. And socks.
- Bite Me! by Dylan Meconis. Vampires and the French Revolution, need I say more?
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and Sandition by Jane Austen and Marie Dobbs. I dare you to read these books aloud without laughing. Mr. Collins’s proposal alone is a masterpiece.
- Seven Spiders Spinning by Gregory Maguire. Shockingly brutal and very funny MG book.
- Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley; illustrated by G. Brian Karas. A picturebook narrated by the town sheriff, who has to keep rescuing an orphan girl named Sweetness. Trust me, this is funnier than I’ve made it sound.
- Keeping the Castle and Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl. The former is a Regency romp with a wonderfully outrageous protagonist (I like her immensely). The titular protagonist of the latter is in love (surprise!) and has a very determined outlook on life. She is hilarious, especially as she doesn’t know it.
- The Hero’s Guide To…series by Christopher Healy and Todd Harris (illustrations). There is so much fun and absurdity in these books that I cannot stress enough that you ought to read them.
- Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire. Baba Yaga sometimes says the most outrageous things that you can’t help but laugh at.
- Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson et al. You have to read this to understand what I mean.
- Good Omens – Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman. I like this kind of sly humour that pokes fun in a subtle manner that assumes you are smart enough to follow along.
- Friday Barnes, Girl Detective by R. A. Spratt. Ah Friday. One of my favourite girl detectives.
- A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. Okay, so this one is an adult title but I cannot help but add it because it subverts gender stereotypes in very hilarious ways.
- Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. This is the only book that has made me guffaw in public earning me several weirded out looks. I don’t care. It was worth it.
- Terry Pratchett, the Discworld stuff, it does make me laugh fairly often, all that wordplay!
- I find that old British-y humour kind of funny, so stuff like The Wind in the Willows and The Hobbit and even Alice in Wonderland — OH! Winnie the Pooh! It’s hilarious!
- Calvin and Hobbes 🙂
- Books for young children. I Want My Hat Back or It’s a Book or We’re in a Book ok, Meta things. I like those kinds of things.
Janet mentioned Text Talk and Nafiza’s mentioned Good Omens. My work here is done.