Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud | Top 10 Tuesdays

Welcome back, it’s Tuesday, which mean’s it’s also Top 10 Tuesdays, which is now hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl, make sure to check her blog out!

This week we’re taking a look at books that made me “laugh out loud.” If I were to take this prompt literally, I don’t know if I could scrape up even two books that have done that! Instead, this is more a list of books that made me “laugh in my head” or maybe chortle quietly to myself. Books don’t really evoke bodily responses like that in me. I almost never cry when I read books, so it’s not surprising to me that books don’t usually make me laugh out loud, either.

But I have a decent amount of funny/humorous books and I want to talk about them a bit here, so that’s what I’ve got on my list.

Anyway, let’s get to it!

The Martian by Andy Weir

I almost always find a way to talk about this book, and this post is another perfect opportunity to do so. Remember a while back when The Martian was adapted into a movie and people were so confused why, when it was nominated for awards, it was in the comedy category? Well, as someone who’s read the book, I know exactly why! This book is hilarious! Yes, a man gets stranded on Mars and has to survive a myriad of deathly problems, but Mark Watney’s outlook on life is so hilarious that you will definitely be laughing (either on the inside or out loud!). I cannot recommend this book enough.

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

I absolutely love Sarah’s Scribbles. I saw them everywhere online and eventually found out who drew them. I obviously went and found her books and read them immediately and they are all hilarious! Her comics truly speak to me. I identify with them so much! If you haven’t seen them, I urge you to google her and look at a few. Then read her books. They are al so relatable and funny!

Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

This is one of those books where you have no idea where it’s going to go next. I love the writing style – it’s very clever and it really pulls you in. This book is full of humor, but it’s more subtle and it’s surrounded by serious topics as well, so it’s not a laugh-fest. Still, I really enjoyed reading it, which is not usually the case when I read adult literature. Most of it ends up being sad or weird. This book, while having some unbelievable moments, is comedic, so it doesn’t seem out of place.

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

Garth Nix is a man of many talents and his work spans a variety of genres, mostly fantasy. This book is a fantasy, but it’s really a parody of classic fairy tales. It pokes fun at traditional fairy tale roles and situations, so even if your not a fan of reading fairy tales, you’ll want to read this book simply because it turns the traditional fairy tale on its head. It’s a really fun and funny book. I really enjoyed it and even though it’s middle-grade, I think anyone can enjoy its lighthearted tone and humor.

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

I remember seeing a lot of mixed reviews for this book. I don’t know why, since I found it really delightful! Birdy is one of those kids who are constantly cracking you up because they’re almost always sour about everything and let you know it. I really loved seeing the world through her eyes and humorous ways she would comment on things. The book is short and I really whipped right through it because it’s really entertaining! I recommend it if you like more historical reads – this ain’t your typical historical fiction!

How to Invent Everything by Ryan North

It’s always difficult to find a place to talk about this book because it’s essentially a how-to manual about…well everything! The premise is that it was written for time travelers in the event that the might get stranded in time somewhere that doesn’t have the advances of modern society. The book is full of how to “invent” things so that you can speed up the process of having modern technology, rather than having to deal living in a world without, say, electricity or phones. What makes this book hilarious are the narrative bits surrounding the how-to stuff, the footnotes and even the way North writes the how-to parts. You don’t even have to read it front-to-back, you could just read a portion here or there. I love this book and I recommend it highly!

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

This book would probably be even more hilarious to me if I worked as a college/university professor. It’s a parody of that environment, told in emails and memos. The main character is a long-suffering head of a committee and cannot manage to get anything done because his committee is full of strong personalities. This book reads really quickly and even if you aren’t familiar with university structure or culture, it will still be funny just because the situations are just so crazy! I would recommend it.

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M. T. Anderson

This book is another parody of the fantasy genre. M. T. Anderson tends to write really…interesting takes on things. I really enjoy the play between writing and illustrations included to tell this story, as well. It really captures the essence of this story. I can’t really describe this book, aside to say that it’s essentially about two species who have been at war with each other so long they no longer really remember why, although they have myths to explain why (kind of like The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss, if you’ve read it), but then there is this move to try to end the fighting through a peace treaty. It’s a serious subject but surrounded by hilarious situations.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Wow, it has been so long since I’ve read this book – this was actually the first John Green book I ever read! I don’t really remember much from when I read it, other than that the premise is really funny and I enjoyed the lightheartedness of it. It’s not your typically YA romance, per John Green style, and if you haven’t read it, I’d recommend! It will definitely make you smile, if not laugh.

Horseradish by Lemony Snicket

Lastly, a Snicket book! I considered putting one of his Series of Unfortunate Events books on here, because they are often funny in their absurdity, but I chose this book instead because it’s essentially a parody of the many meaningful quote books you might have seen over the years. It’s full of statements like, “Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.” The book is full of humor, but it also has some really beautiful bits, too. I’d really recommend it!

How about you?

What are some books that crack you up? Make you snort? Make you chuckle? Have you read any of the books on this list? Are any on your TBR for this year? Humor is such an interesting genre of literature and it can go in so many ways. Any favorite comedic authors you can point me towards? Let’s chat in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud | Top 10 Tuesdays

  1. I’ve heard the audiobook of The Martian, and I agree that Mark’s comments were funny — and were good to have in the book, considering the bleak situation. And I read Horseradish, a continuation of Lemony Snicket’s fun absurdity-type of humor.

    For humorous stories, I’m a big fan of George Saunders. He’s mostly known for his short stories, many of which are on the New Yorker’s website if you want to sample him. I can’t think of another writer who so successfully blends wit, silliness, and heart. Reading one of his stories, I’ll go from chuckling to heartache.

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