Ahh, it feels good to be blogging! I have had an extremely busy month and finding the time (and in some cases, the desire) to blog was nearly impossible. But I’m back today for a fun Top Ten Tuesday all about books that have made me laugh.
Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Laugh
The Martian by Andy Weir – Do I talk about this book too much on my blog? Probably, but it’s all well-deserved praise! Astronaut Mark Watney, this book’s narrator, is extremely sarcastic and witty. Several times during my reading of this book I had to put it down to laugh or immediately find my husband to read excerpts to.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – Another book that I love to gush about! Rainbow Rowell’s humor is perfect for dorks like me. Half of this book is composed of witty email exchanges between BFFs Jennifer and Beth. Their sarcastic rants will make you want to joke around with your own best friend.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling – I recently reread this book for the umpteenth time and even though I know the story by heart, I still laugh at the smart alecky dialogue between the characters. My favorite example from Azkaban is when the Marauder’s Map insults Professor Snape!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – The last thing I expected when I started to read this book was to find myself dying of laughter. But Will and Lou are absolutely hilarious. It probably has something to do with the fact that they’re British and love to tease and insult each other.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – “It’s been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.” Oh, Mr. Collins, you are so stupid.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – John Worthing and Algernon Montcrieff are so ridiculous sometimes, it’s almost impossible not to laugh. Especially when they argue about muffins.
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery – I have always loved how dramatic Anne Shirley is, with her graveyards of buried hopes and dreams and her dyed green hair. Some people find her theatrics annoying, but not me :)
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle – I can’t imagine a version of Robin Hood that isn’t funny. He always has the perfect comeback, and even when someone bests him he still finds a way to laugh about the situation. I laughed a few times while reading this book, but the 1938 movie version makes me laugh the most. It’s my favorite adaptation of the Robin Hood legend.
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare – My favorite Shakespearean comedy! Beatrice and Benedick make me laugh so much, especially the scene where they’re tricked into thinking the other one is in love with them. Since it’s Poetry Month AND currently Shakespeare week, I think it’s the perfect time to watch the movie adaptations of this play, and laugh and laugh about this scene:
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand – I’m sure this play is extremely cleverer in it’s original French, but unfortunately I’m not quite skilled enough to be able to understand all the puns. It’s still pretty funny to read in English, however, and I also enjoyed the Gerard Depardieu film version. Just imagine Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night but Viola is replaced by a French man with an enormous nose (that’s a really bad summary but you get the idea).
Thanks for reading! Have you laughed while reading any of these books?
21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Laugh”
oh I love your picks!! I did find myself chuckling in several of these, though I wouldn’t have thought of them for this theme. Thank you for the delightful reminder :) My TTT
Attachments is on my list as well! That book made me laugh so much. Me Before You did too, though I forgot to put it on my list! I have heard good things about the Martian and seen it on a few lists this week, which means that maybe I have to check it out now! Much Ado is definitely a funny Shakespeare, I’m happy to see it here. Great list!
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I laughed so hard during Beth and Jennifer’s email exchanged in Attachments! I loved their humor. I hope you give The Martian a chance sometime! It’s hilarious.
How could anyone find Anne annoying (other than Rachel!)?! She’s adorable. This is a great list. Much Ado About Nothing is my favorite play, and I really liked the early 1990s Kenneth Branagh/Emma Thompson film adaption.
I’ve met some people who don’t like Anne. I try so hard not to hold it against them, but I will always find Anne entertaining! Unfortunately I haven’t seen that version of Much Ado YET. But I will! I love both of those actors :)
Excellent list! I almost included Attachments too. I’ve never read Much Ado and I really think I need to!
It’s my favorite Shakespeare comedy! I hope you’re able to read it sometime :)
I have to agree with you, there are some great funny moments in Me Before You!
I love Harry in the books! He’s so much sassier than he is in the movies.
Imogen’s Typewriter. <3
Isn’t he though? I love movie Harry but he’s not as much of a smart alec as he is in the books.
I was really surprised to see how funny Me Before You was. Great picks!
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It made me cry both tears of laughter and heartbreak. Such a whirlwind of a book.
Love! I’ve gotten laughs out of several of these – including The Martian and Attachments as well as, of course, P&P and Anne. Most recently I giggled my way through Diary of a Provincial Lady, by EM Delafield- so charming and witty!
I haven’t heard of that one. I’ll have to add it to my TBR :)
I love that Harry Potter is in here – so well deserved!
If I didn’t laugh then I definitely smiled a lot reading some of the books you named. Is that black and white gif from the Joss Whedon Shakespeare adaptation? Is it a good?
Yes, it is! I really enjoyed it, especially the acting :)
The Martian and The Importance of Being Earnest made my list too. And that Nathan Fillion GIF made me laugh–totally forgot about how good that adaptation was. Here’s my list if you want to check it out: http://newberyandbeyond.com/10-books-will-make-laugh/
It’s a great adaptation! Glad you enjoy it, too :)
I love that you included P&P–people don’t often mention that Jane Austen is funny! I especially love when Lizzie asks if Mr. Collins prepares his compliments ahead of time and he doesn’t realize she’s making fun of him.
I laugh out loud every time I read Pride and Prejudice! Usually Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bennet make me laugh the most, but Mr. Collins’s ridiculousness is always entertaining :)