Top Ten Tuesday

8 Recent Reads That Made Me Laugh

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Today’s post is all about books that made me laugh, and isn’t that just a perfect topic because we all need books that make us laugh, not just now in these isolating COVID times, but really any time’s a good time for a laugh!

I chose these next 8 books and series because they made me laugh, they made me smile, they made me chuckle, AND they managed to do that several times throughout the books. Their humor was just the type of charming, sassy and sarcastic type of humor I adore:

The Guild Codex: Spellbound series by Annette Marie

The Guild Codex is an urban fantasy series that has made me laugh from the very start and that’s mainly because our main character Tori is such a fun, sassy, talk-before-she-thinks kind of girl with a hilarious internal monologue.

“I gulped down a surge of terror. The demon had come out of the pendant like a Pokémon out of a poké ball. Beelzebub, I choose you!”

The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost

Another hilarious urban fantasy series. This series has made laugh several times in every single book. Cat and Bones are both as hilarious as they are badass.

“Charlie whistled “Amazing Grace” as he drove. It was all I could do not to whip my head around and snap, Are you kidding me? Couldn’t he pick something more appropriate, like “Shout at the Devil” or “Don’t fear the Reaper”? Some people had no sense of the proper music for a kidnapping.”

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Will I ever stop raving about this amazing little book and its charming sense of humor? Probably not.

“He looked up at Linus. “I’m glad you’re here.” Linus was touched. “Thank you, Lucy—” “If the cannibals start chasing after us, they’ll see you first. We’re little, and you’ve got all that meat on your bones, so it’ll give us time to get away. Your forthcoming sacrifice is appreciated.”

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Look, I was sold as soon as I heard this was a story about badass librarians guarding sentient books, but then the story also included a sassy sorcerer with delightfully dry and snarky humor and I was a complete goner.

“Scrivener,” he sighed. “I should have known it was you the moment I heard my great-grandmother’s priceless antique vase hit the floor.” He turned his assessing gaze to the Malefict. “And who’s this? A friend of yours?”
The Codex bared a mouthful of fangs and produced an ear-splitting shriek. Above them, the chandelier trembled.
“Charmed,” Nathaniel said. He turned back to Elisabeth. “If the two of you feel the need to destroy anything else, I’ve been meaning to get rid of Aunt Clothilde’s tapestry for years. You’ll know it when you see it. It’s mauve.”

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Another one of my favorite 2020 reads, I adored the dry humor in this m/m romance.

“Mum patted him reassuringly. “Oh, Oliver … I am sure you are one of the best gays.”
I glanced back to find Oliver looking faintly flustered. “Mum, stop ranking homosexuals. It doesn’t work like that.”

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Though this story about a grandmother and granddaughter swapping lives for a short time definitely also handles some heavier topics such as grief and loss of a loved one, the humor was just so charming, especially in the chapters with grandmother Eileen and her adventures in the city.

I look down into the tea leaves. Letitia’s shoulders start shaking before I see what she sees… The tea leaves look like … genitals. Male genitals. It couldn’t be more distinct if I’d tried to arrange it that way on purpose. “I think it means good things are coming your way… That, or it’s telling me the tea-leaves game is a load of cock and balls.”

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Look, it’s just not a list of funny books if this series is not mentioned.

“I don’t recommend shadow travel if you’re scared of:
a) The dark
b) Cold shivers up your spine
c) Strange noises
d) Going so fast you feel like your face is peeling off
In other words, I thought it was awesome.”

The Aurora Cycle by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

This trilogy about misfits in space had me laughing out loud for sure. The humor is snarky and sarcastic and I LOVE every minute of it.

“It’s the very great fortune of everything else in the Galaxy that Ultrasaurs are now almost extinct, but in the unlikely event of an encounter, traditional wisdom dictates dying quickly as the best course of action.”

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  1. These picks sound great! I recommend anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout! I just love her MCs and their sass! I keep snorting with laughter reading her books!

    1. Oh, I only read one Jennifer L. Armentrout series so far (From Blood and Ash) but I did indeed enjoy the sass of the MC 🙂 So I definitely need to check out her other series!

  2. Klune’s book made me laugh, too! Mostly Lucy’s parts.

    1. Lucy did have the best lines 🙂

  3. The Annette Marie books look so fun to me, but I had no idea Rogerson’s book had humor! Now I want to get to it even more 🙂

    1. Oh, hope you’ll enjoy Sorcery of Thorns! It definitely has some great humor in it 🙂

  4. Anne Bennett says:

    The House on Cerulean Sea is on my list. I am making a list of funny books today. I just realized that I hardly ever read funny books and everything right now seems so serious. Here’s my list.

    1. I totally relate, I had some difficulty coming up with this list!

  5. Great list! The House in the Cerulean Sea made my list this week, too, and I really want to give Sorcery of Thorns a try. I’ve heard so many fun things about it!

    1. Yay for the House in the Cerulean Sea love! 🙂 I love Sorcery of Thorns, so hope you will too when you try it!

  6. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    These picks are incredible. The one thatmade me laugh the mots was Boyfriend Material!

    1. Boyfriend Material was hilarious! 🙂

  7. lydiaschoch says:

    The House on the Cerulean Sea has been on so many lists this week!

    My post:

    1. It definitely deserves all the love, according to me anyway 🙂

  8. This is an AWESOME list! SO many of my favourites on here that definitely had me cracking up. I recently read The Switch and loved it and I’m currently re-reading Aurora Rising and it’s just as good as the first time. The banter is so good 😍

    1. Oh the banter in Aurora Rising was indeed sooo good! I can’t wait for book three.

  9. Some good choices in your list, and I really need to read The House in the Cerulean Sea.

    1. The House in the Cerulean Sea is one of my all-time faves, so I’d definitely recommend 🙂

  10. Ooh, one more reason to read The Aurora Cycle. Love me some snark!

    1. If you love snark, The Aurora Cycle is definitely the book to read 😉

  11. I have a copy of Halfway to the Grave, I think I need to move it up the list here soon.

    FINALLY! I keep seeing Red, White, and Royal Blue getting mentioned but no one’s brought up Boyfriend Material? God, I loved that book so much.

    Great list!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    1. Yay for Halfway to the Grave! And yes, I loved RWRB, but when it comes to humor, Boyfriend Material was just soo hilarious!

  12. Rick Riordan’s books never fail to make me laugh. Ooh I didn’t realise Sorcery of Thorns was funny….must push it up my TBR.
    My TTT:

    1. The humor in Rick Riordan books has always been a favorite of mine 🙂 Sorcery of Thorns is definitely funny, or one of the main characters is at least – I love a funny character!

      1. He does it so naturally, I’m very jealous! That’s so good to hear, I really have to get on that one 🙂

  13. Yaay, House in the Cerulian Sea! Happy reading! My TTT

    1. OMG yes The House in the Cerulean Sea is amazing! 🙂

  14. I laughed so hard all throughout Boyfriend Material. The banter between Alex and Henry (well, Alex and anyone, really) was just priceless.

    1. The banter was hilarious!

  15. Great selection! I loved The Switch, Sorcery of Thorns, and Aurora Rising and the rest are on my TBR. 🙂

    1. Thanks 🙂

  16. Molly's Book Nook says:

    I agree with The Lightning Thief! I’m currently reading it to my son (he’s too young to know whats happening) but it’s super cute. Great list! I love a book that has some humor in it.

    1. Oh that indeed sounds like the perfect read to share with your kids 🙂

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