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.
This week’s topic is:
Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud
This topic is a tricky one for me. Typically I do not read intentionally humorous books. It’s nothing against them personally, it’s just that usually the books I’m drawn to are SFF novels, which can be funny, but don’t usually induce full blown laughter. So this week I’m going to write about five books that made me laugh out loud, and five on my TBR list that are supposed to be laugh out loud funny.
Five Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman: This is a two-for-one recommendation for laughter. Not only did this book make me laugh out loud with it’s seriously silly concepts and wonderful characters, but the tv-adaptation was also amazingly well done, featuring a cast who fit the roles perfectly! Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman know how to write a great story, and the humour is balanced out really well so it doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the plot.
The Sh!t No One Tells You About Pregnancy by Dawn Dais: Pregnancy is scary enough without all of the books telling you what you can’t do and how you will inevitably screw up your offspring in some irreversible way. I appreciate that Dawn Dais puts a humorous and profane spin on things. Will you still learn things? Yes! The book was decently informative, with a fun spin that takes the edge off the scary parts of pregnancy. It was a refreshing change of pace from the other pregnancy books I read.
The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball: I’m not sure if this book was meant to be funny, but I found that it still made me laugh. Kristin Kimball goes from being a writer living in the city to living on a farm and feeding a community, and she doesn’t sugarcoat it one bit! Just picturing some of the things she had to go through in the first couple of years had me cracking up. It’s a great nonfiction read, especially if you have an interest in the farm-to-table lifestyle and sustainable living.
Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach: This is one of those kids books that’s more geared for adults, and I recommend it as a gift for any new parents. It is honest, profane, and hilarious, and if you can listen to the version read by Samuel L. Jackson I guarantee you will be laughing out loud!
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen: Jon Klassen’s kids books are a must have for any parent. I bought my daughter the book set for Christmas, and I can’t help but laugh every time I read it. Innocent at first glance, Jon Klassen injects his books with a dark humour that keeps parents entertained even through multiple rereads.
Five Laugh-out-Loud Funny Books on my TBR List
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson: I love reading about other people’s adventures, and bonus points if they are funny rather than heroic tales of survival. The Appalachian Trail is something I have on my bucket list (I’m realistic enough not to attempt Everest), so a funny book about the area and the trail itself sounds like a fun place to start while I save up to go down there myself!
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson: I greatly admire people who can make light of serious things in their lives. Mental illness is no joke, and I’m impressed that Jenny Lawson is able to find humour and joy in her battle with depression.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling: I’m normally a bit hesitant when it comes to books by big name celebrities, but Mindy Kaling makes the cut for me. She is a comedy writer, and was part of the team for the US version of the Office, which I found really entertaining. This is enough to get me to give her book a shot!
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson: I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t realize I had the same author on this list twice until I was typing out the post. Apparently Jenny Lawson writes a lot of funny non-fiction! This one is her earlier book, focusing on her past and growing up. Embarrassing childhood anecdotes are always good for a laugh!
Bossypants by Tina Fey: I’ve read excerpts from Bossypants before, and any interviews I’ve seen with Tina Fey have always cracked me up. Her stories are very entertaining, and I especially love when she describes her rambunctious daughter.
This is my list of five certified funny (by me) books, and five books that I have heard can make you laugh out loud! Have you read any of these books? What books have made you laugh out loud? Let me know in the comments!