Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
The rules are simple:
- Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
- Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
- Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other blogger’s lists.
- Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.
Good morning everyone! It’s Tuesday once again, and we’re back at it with another fun list of books. And this week, we are literally talking about books that are F.U.N.!
I have to warn you, I don’t really read books that make me laugh (it says something about me that I love crime shows and read mostly action packed fantasies or thrillers right?).
So here is what I could gather across the years of books that have characters who are whimsical and unique voices that have at least cracked a giant smile on my face. Let me know if any of these have made you laugh in the comments below!
1. Can You Keep a Secret? By Sophie Kinsella
I love the relatability and fun voices of Sophie’s characters, but Emma cracks the top when she tells a LITERAL stranger all her darkest secrets on the plane when she thought they were going to die due to turbulence. I mean, I don’t wanna laugh at people’s distress but the whole situation really bites her later on and that’s definitely a little amusing.
2. My Lady Jane by Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton
The first of its kind, Hand, Ashton and Meadows (otherwise known as the Lady Janies) have mixed real historical stories with the craziest tales from their imaginations, normally with a big touch of magic thrown in. One can’t help but laugh as we journey with this first Jane, Lady Jane Grey of England, through the antics the Lady Janies have thrown at her. Oh, and the fact that the love interest is part-man, part-horse. Take a bite out of that one hmm?
3. The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park
I have mentioned this book in another TTT list recently but zombies + escape room job + survival in the wilderness makes for a fun combo regardless of what else is thrown into it. Although not as funny, the female protagonist, Kate, has a huge thing against Adam Levine that makes me wonder what Maroon 5 ever did to her (or the author?).
4. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Maybe not ha ha kind of funny, but this story was delightful in its premise, pushing the protagonist to get out of her comfort zone as she follows the list her best friend left behind when she disappeared. I mean, skinny dipping, anyone? Totally a set up for something fun. Cue the Kelly Clarkson music!
5. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Also featured on another recent TTT, it’s not only super adorable but also funny! The antics between these initial store owning competitors get real hilarious when it crosses into the Twitter-sphere. Their arguments (flirtations?!) online get to the point that fans of both stores start shipping them together! I got a lot of laughs between sighs of cuteness out of this one.
6. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
You may be scratching your heads about this one. Yes, the premise is about corporations X’ing one another (LITERALLY), a plague unleashed on a spaceship with thousands aboard and no way off, and an AI hell-bent on wiping out the population. BUT the AI and its (his?) attitude and overall body (tone?) language was hilarious and I couldn’t help but laugh at its “diabolical” planning and conversations with the characters at times.
7. Chaotic Good by Whitney
Dungeons & Dragons fans would love this one because it’s 100% a huge part of the story. Besides the crafty tales/adventures the characters go off on (in D&D of course), the cosplay efforts our girl Cameron goes through to pretend she’s a boy to fit into a comic book store group was funny and over-the-top in all the best ways, and I absolutely adored it!
8. Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
A great read during the holidays, this most recent tale of a certain spunky shopaholic who just doesn’t know when to stop buying stuff is as fun as the first book she starred in. I don’t know about you, but I laugh the hardest at the emails Becky sends because I can’t imagine anyone ever having the guts to do so (including trying to get membership in an all-men’s club for a suitcase they’re raffling!).
9. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
I love a Cinderella re-telling, but get your geeky hats on because this one was a fun ride (in a food truck called the Magic Pumpkin). Think Prince Charming, Cinderella and Comic Con with a huge dash of cosplaying and all-around good humour antics and that is what Geekerella is about.
10. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
She’s a queen of comedic acting and it’s no wonder her own biography is written in the same style I’ve come to expect from Anna Kendrick. I loved this story and the weird but funny experiences that has brought her to the stardom she eventually found in Pitch Perfect. Her voice is as snarky and hilarious as if she was reading it to me. (And it would’ve been even better if I had listened to the audiobook because she would be actually reading it to me instead!).
What do you think? Feel like you’re in the mood to have a few laughs and only cry because you’re laughing so hard? I hope you find some enjoyment from this selection!
And let me know if you have great suggestions for books that are funny. Clearly I need to broaden my reading selection.
Happy Tuesday, friends!