I don’t know if it’s my morbid sense of humor or I just don’t laugh as much (actually, no, it’s just my morbid sense of humor), but I pretty much weep over books more often than I laugh at the humor in them. I mean, save the wonderful and late Sir Terry Pratchett, who has always sent me chortling with laughter in his books, I haven’t read many books lately that make me laugh out loud. I probably do need to go back to reading Pratchett. Moving Pictures was definitely something that sent me cry-laughing for a long time.
But I don’t want this list to boil back down to a Terry Pratchett appreciation list. (I’m fairly certain I’ve already got a Top Ten Tuesday dedicated to that…) So I’ll just do the top ten recent books that have made me chortle.
Top Ten Books That Made Me Laugh
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – That entire turkey scene had me laughing for minutes on end. I had to repeat the audio book several times on that chapter because I couldn’t hear the rest of the text, it was just too funny!
The Princess and the Fangirl and Geekerella by Ashley Poston – I love rom-coms, and these two books were definitely rom-coms with science fiction conventions thrown in the mix! Anything with Darien Freeman is bound to be funny, because he’s just so awkward and a dork, and I love him. And Elle. I love Elle.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – Well, uh, ACoMaF kind of made me feel all types of way, but Rhysand’s friends are HILARIOUS and I kind of just found them adorably funny. Rhysand and Feyre also made me laugh quite a bit a few times, especially when Rhys was teaching Feyre how to read.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Definitely funny, in a dramatic sort of way. Honestly, I’m not sure how much I laughed at this, but it was still pretty hilarious. Until it wasn’t…
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – Actually, I might have found the second book funnier, because Kitty Pong was ridiculous and she kind of grew on me. Also, I might just also be thinking about the movie, which had me in tears of laughter because of Peik Lin. But I’ll give this book kudos for getting me started on the trilogy itself.
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier – I related to this graphic novel so much and laughed at everything that was happening on this road trip. Good stuff.
William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher – Everything must be said about this wonderful rendition of a Star Wars novelization/play…in Shakespearean English. I am dead.
The Perfect Shadow by Brent Weeks – This is a novella, and is kind of the prologue to Weeks’ Night Angel Trilogy, but Durzo literally went through a lot of shit in this one small prequel. He had me laughing at the very beginning already. That being said, the actual trilogy, especially Night Angel, had me laughing whenever Durzo showed up.
Winter by Marissa Meyer – I think this was the book where Thorne talked about stuffing rice into Cinder’s head. That said, whenever Thorne and Cinder have a conversation, I’m always cry-laughing at their antics. This was a great end to the series, though definitely not my favorite by a landslide.