Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh.
1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – What do you get when a plane full of teenage beauty pageant contestants crash lands on a deserted island? Hilarity, my friends. Hilarity.
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – This fantastically absurd book starts with the destruction of Earth to build an intergalactic superhighway…and gets crazier from there.
3. The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik – This retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park is full of little quips, observations, and tongue-in-cheek comments that kept me laughing almost constantly. (see my review here).
“I’m fairly hopeful you’ll survive this injury, Franny.”
“Unless gangrene sets in.”
“Gangrene always sets in,” he says darkly.
“What are you talking about?” asks Julia as they all gather around us again. “No one gets gangrene anymore.”
“They do in old books. If Franny were a Hemingway heroine or something, gangrene would set in and she’d lose her leg. Or her life.”
“But I’d be very attractive on my deathbed,” I add.
4. Abandon by Meg Cabot – All of Meg Cabot’s books are hilarious, but I was especially tickled by her plucky heroine in this Hades-and-Persephone-inspired novel.
5. The Lynburn Legacy trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan – This series is one of the funniest I’ve read in a very long time. Barely a page went by that didn’t have me cracking up. And I’m not just talking a few giggles – I mean full-on snort laughing.
“What are you doing?” Angela complained. “Are you trying to make me jog? You know I think people who jog should be shot at midday.”
“Why at midday?” Kami asked absently.
“There’s no need to ever get up at dawn,” Angela told her. “Not even to shoot joggers.”
6. Carter’s Unfocused, One-Track Mind by Brent Crawford – The antics of 15-year-old Carter and his friends provide a constant stream of amusement, to the point where I laughed so hard I was wiping tears from my eyes and struggling to catch my breath.
7. How I Paid For College: A Novel Of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater by Marc Acito – Ed’s methods for scrounging up college tuition may not be legal, but they’re certainly creative, raunchy, and hilarious.
8. The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare – Will Herondale is one of my most beloved book boyfriends for a variety of reasons, his wit being one of them. He’s always got a clever remark, whether those around him want to hear it or not.
“They’re not hideous,” said Tessa.
Will blinked at her. “What?”
“Gideon and Gabriel,” said Tessa. “They’re really quite good-looking, not hideous at all.”
“I spoke,” said Will, in sepulchral tones, “of the pitch-black inner depths of their souls.”
Tessa snorted. “And what color do you suppose the inner depths of your soul are, Will Herondale?”
“Mauve,” said Will.
9. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – After I finished reading The Infernal Devices books, I moved on to The Mortal Instruments series and discovered they were just as funny, if not more so. Jace Wayland, with his sarcasm and cockiness, gives Will a run for his money.
10. Hot Stuff by Janet Evanovich and Leanne Banks – I don’t read a lot of adult fiction, but this quick, light mystery is a ton of fun and kept me chortling from beginning to end.