[Top Ten Tuesday] – #104 – Books That Make You Laugh

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


This Week’s Theme:
Books That Make You Laugh
(feat. A Spectrum of Humour)

Initial Thoughts:

I laugh at most things–from the obscene to the ridiculous–and if I don’t laugh, then I’d at least smile. So below is a sampling of my spectrum of “lol” humour. Forgive me if you dislike the term lol as it is used excessively below.

“ok-lol-that’s-kind-of-funny” Humour

Let’s start with books that successfully elicited some chuckles.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. The use of ridiculous metaphors/similes in the protagonist is definitely charming in this first installment. Unfortunately, it just gets progressively more annoying as the story develops.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I could have chosen Seige and Storm for Nikolai but this choice has a greater variety of characters I actually like (sorry Malyen–wait, I’m not sorry at all). All I need to say is “what’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?” Bingo.

Less Than Hero by S.G. Browne. This standalone features the most random super powers ever (e.g. a yawn that acts like a projectile and makes the person you yawned at fall into a deep slumber).

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle. I feel like most bloggers didn’t like this book but I found the vocal intent of the story brewed hilarity.

More Than This by Patrick Ness. WHAT WOULD A LIST BE WITHOUT MY NESS? All you need is one character–bonus points if they have an accent–to drive the humour. That person is Tomasz.

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands. The mischief of boyhood is what makes the moments compellingly laugh out loud.

“lol-wtf-is-happening” Humour

This is all about the unconventional laughter — the weird scenes you laugh at despite not really knowing why it’s funny. Sometimes awkward laughs fit this category.

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith. Testosterone and random chaos is how I can best describe this book.

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. Okay, so I’m still reading this and since I don’t want to spoil anyone, I’ll just say that some of the events are ridiculous. Like funny ridiculous; which I still haven’t determined if that’s a good or bad thing.

“loling-at-you-not-with-you-because-reasons” Humor

I’m sorry but this is just a natural response to your misfortunes made infinitely worse when you’re not a protagonist I enjoy following.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. This lightning girl is among the greatest comedians in YA fantasy to date.

Madly by Amy Alward. You’d think a fantasy/historical fictional meets The Amazing Race would be a great one-two punch of fun…but really, the special snowflake of a protagonist is insufferable.

“lol-its-trueeeeee” Humour.

Comedic intent that’s relatable is the best.

Have I read/listened to either book by Mindy KalingNo. But most of what she says is a smack of truth so much that it’s funny.

Hyperbole & a Half by Allie Brosh. Just google the blog and engross yourself with crude satire.


Nothing. I’m just a robot.


Which tier of humour do you typically find yourself laughing at? Or tell me what elicits a chuckle or full on laugh for you?


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10 thoughts on “[Top Ten Tuesday] – #104 – Books That Make You Laugh”

  1. You kind of have to laugh at Glass Sword to get through it.
    If you think Mindy’s funny, you really have to read her books. I feel like she’s my BFF now. Or listen to them on audio. That would probably be even better.


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