TTT: Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh

TTT Top Ten Tuesday The Book Wars

… 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!)

Janet

  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. Humour and truth. And socks.
  6. Bite Me! by Dylan Meconis. Vampires and the French Revolution, need I say more?
  7. 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.
  8. Seven Spiders Spinning by Gregory Maguire. Shockingly brutal and very funny MG book.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Nafiza

  1. 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.
  2. Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire. Baba Yaga sometimes says the most outrageous things that you can’t help but laugh at.
  3. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson et al. You have to read this to understand what I mean.
  4. 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.
  5. Friday Barnes, Girl Detective by R. A. Spratt. Ah Friday. One of my favourite girl detectives.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Steph

  1. Terry Pratchett, the Discworld stuff, it does make me laugh fairly often, all that wordplay!
  2. 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!
  3. Calvin and Hobbes 🙂
  4. 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.

Yash

Janet mentioned Text Talk and Nafiza’s mentioned Good Omens. My work here is done.

  • ljrinaldi

    Totally agree with you about Friday Barnes. Love that series.

    • I can’t wait to read the sequel!!!

  • Lumberjanes! I’ve been meaning to pick it up for ages!

  • Terry Pratchett always cracks me up too. Definitely one of my all-time favourites. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series has always been a favourite of mine, too.

    • Ooo! One of my reading goals this year is to read/reread Hitchhiker’s Guide. I can’t wait to do that. I got myself a very pretty edition for that very purpose.

  • I feel like I live under a rock after reading this… I haven’t read any of these books 🙁

    Nihaad – Read & Seek

    • Welll…now you have heard of the books and can try them out if you wish? 😀

  • Oh, Mo Willems, how funny art thou. The Elephant and Piggie books are seriously brilliant. Also must give a shout out to Captain Underpants: one of the few scenes in literature that gets me me in tears of laughter every time is in The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby. (The other is in The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex. Squishable gaputty. That’s all I’m saying. I’m tearing up just thinking about it!)