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.
Happy Tuesday! Hope you are having a great week. This should be a fun topic to tackle. Sometimes books are supposed to be Funny, and sometimes the characters act funny to lighten the mood or because they are sarcastic. Here is my list of...
Top Ten Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud
Lee Alvarez falls into the smart and sarcastic category. I love Heather Haven's female protagonists. They tell it like it is, and they can solve crimes, too.
I read this in 2009 and still have it somewhere in my house. The main character is a genius who opens the book by saying, "My name is Owen Birnbaum, and I'm probably fatter than you are." His inventions are cool and he describes them in great detail, which middle grade readers will enjoy. The sad part is that he is profusely teased. The zany part is in how he copes with it and how he tries to track down the thief stealing the cookies from his lunch.
Jen is a bold class mom whose antics leave you in stitches.
Though this book is uproariously funny, it really wasn't my style. I laughed a ton, but it's too "gorily specific" and "raunchy" for me.
This is another one that really tickles the funny bone, but its contents might not be for everyone.
The characters in Duffy Brown's Consignment Shop Mystery series are the reason this one makes my list. The antics of Reagan, Aunt Kiki, and Mercedes leave you rolling with laughter. This is all offset by local heartthrob Walker Boone who provides tons of sexual tension.
There were two series whose new releases my girls used to anticipate: Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries. So much of what happens to Nikki Maxwell is relatable to young people in junior high school. Delivered in diary style tidbits, these are all fun reads.
A group of local housewives going on strike and leaving Christmas planning up to their husbands lends itself to numerous funny moments. This is my favorite book by Sheila Roberts.
Stories with violent ghosts probably don't come to mind when you think of books that make you laugh out loud, but if you knew Melanie Middleton you would understand. Stuff happens to this woman that is just crazy. And, of course, she sees dead people. Then there is how Jack effortlessly gets under her skin and her best friend, Sophie, who seems determined to empty Melanie's pocketbook restoring her historical home. As intense as these stories can be, the characters also give you many reasons to laugh.
I don't read a lot of contemporary romance, but when I do I look for something that includes a fair amount of humor in it. This one fits the bill. I enjoyed it because the characters were real--Erinn isn't stunningly beautiful and Jude is a hunk but totally flawed,. This is probably one of the funniest romances I've ever read.
So, what do you think of my list? Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations for me?