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4.19.2016

Top Ten Tuesday (44) - Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists there at The Broke and the Bookish. They'd love us to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week they will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of their bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on their post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share.  If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. 
The topic this week is:
Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)

Each of the books below have made giggle, chuckle, laugh or out right guffaw.  So I hope I can spread some of that to all of you!

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy - This book is brimming with humor.  Dumplin, the main character, is super witty and just cracks the jokes.  Sometimes this is to hide insecurities, but who hasn't used humor in this way.  She is also surrounded by a funny supporting cast, so there is no lacking of the funny even during the drama.

Hellhole by Gina Damico - I can't talk about funny books without mentioning Gina Damico.  Every single one of her books is hilarious, but Hellhole had me laughing out loud through most of it.  Poor Max, the main character, goes through so many trials and tribulations all thanks to the "devil" that he uncovers in his hometown.  This is a delightful romp, and I can't recommend it enough!
Mothership by Martin Lecht and Isla Neal - Just think about this, pregnant teenagers in space fighting aliens!  I mean, how can that not be funny?  This was a really hilarious situational story with a main character, Elvie, who is over this s***.  Really funny, and an strong premise.  Loved it!
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling - Now this is a non-fiction book of essays written by a hilarious lady, the one and only Mindy Kaling.  If you've never heard the name, then just think Kelly Kapoor from The Office (if you still don't know, get out of here!).  Mindy recounts stories from both her personal and professional life that will have you crying with tears.  Even if you don't know her as an actress, get to know her as a writer because she is a gem!
The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina - When I first picked this book up, I did not expect to love it as much as I did.  The main character, Jonathan, is trying to finagle his way to Kylie Minogue tickets and the journey he takes is filled with ridiculous situations.  Very giggle-inducing and a quick-read!
Sex Criminals: Volume One by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky - WARNING: THIS IS A HARD R-RATING BOOK!!  Now I don't always read YA books, and when I don't I like my adult books, adult.  This one is certainly that, as it is a comic book set in a universe where the two main characters can stop time when they have sex.  Yup, you read that right: when they have sex.  Because of this, it can get graphic, so not for kids.  I'd say 17 and older for sure.  But boy is it freaking hilarious!  I mean...come on the premise alone is cause for laughter!  Worth checking out if you're old enough and love comics!
Winger by Andrew Smith - Can't have a list of funny books without Andrew Smith being on it!  I adore all his books, but Winger has a special place in my heart.  Funny and heartbreaking, Smith hits all the notes with this one.  Ryan Dean is that little brother that everyone knows and the atmosphere of an elite boarding school makes for some interesting situations.  Like I said, it is both heartbreaking and hilarious, which most great books are, and this one is fantastic.
Scary School by Derek the Ghost - Okay, so this is such a cute middle grade book that I had to include it!  Narrated by Derek the Ghost, Scary School recounts the misadventures of the students of Scary School.  Monsters are mixed with human students, sometimes there may be some "accidents" but it all turns out alright in the end.  Really funny and appropriate for all ages, loved this one a lot!
Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez - Dark humor ahead!  Those are the types of books I like the best because that's how I deal with things.  Frenchie, the main character, is dealing with being the last one to see a classmate of her's alive.  And as she is trying to deal with that, she also has to acknowledge the reality of high school graduation.  While it is not the classic kind of funny, the outlook Frenchie has on life is very poignant and really strikes a cord with the reader.  Dark humor indeed, but still funny!
Zombies Vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier - I'm rounding this out with an oldie but a goodie.  This book is chock-a-block with hilarious stories involving two of my favorite things: unicorns and zombies!  Each contributing author has a unique perspective, but it is really the commentary sections by Black and Larbalstier that makes this gem.  If you haven't had a chance to read this one, go and get it immediately!

There you go, 10 books sure to make you laugh in one way or another.  Humor, for me, is essential to living, and that includes reading!  So if I missed any books that you think I absolutely need to check out, leave a comment below, or do your own post and link me!!


7 comments:

  1. I love this weeks topic, I am such a fan of books that can make me laugh. You've got some great picks this weeks, and I am definitely going to add a few of these to my own TBR. Thanks for the recommendations! :) You can check out my picks here.

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    1. I'm glad I could put some new books on your TBR!

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  2. I need to read Dumplin.

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    1. For sure! I really loved it; also Julie Murphy is hilarious, and I suggest following her on social media!

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  3. Stand-Off made my list this week - have you read Winger's sequel yet? :)

    Check out my TTT.

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    1. I haven't read Stand-Off yet! It is on my TBR (which is like miles long, but it's on there!)

      Also A+ for your Hawkeye Vol. 1 pick. I love any comic Fraction writes, but I especially love his Hawkeye (“Boomerang arrow, Kate -- It comes back to you in the end. Boomerang. Respect it.”)

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