Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:
‘Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)’
Creating this week’s top 10 has made me realise what an eclectic selection of books I have read, that have cheered me up, made me chuckle and some have even made me laugh out loud.
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Dull and regulated Arthur Dent is thrust into a colourful, raucous and hilarious adventure through space; after the destruction of Earth to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. I highly recommend this classic, science-fiction, laugh-out-loud delight.
(This was so funny for my dad as a teenager he was banned from reading it in his school common room because he was laughing too loud!)
~ 2 ~
Emma by Jane Austen
I think all of Austen’s novels contain wonderful wit which helps to make her work so timeless and universal. I have picked Emma because I couldn’t help chuckling at her delusional, hapless but well-meant matchmaking throughout the book.
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Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Young Flora Poste comes to live with her distant relatives at the isolated Cold Comfort Farm, and turns their world upside down with her cheery and persistent outlook. Gibbons wrote this as a parody to the romanticised, doom-laden accounts of rural life popular at the time.
~ 4 ~
The Killing Joke by Anthony Horowitz
Guy Fletcher, an actor, overhears a joke…and wonders where do jokes come from? Which leads to a crazy mission, with multiple paths, dead ends and stereotypical joke characters. It is literally a joke from start to finish.
~ 5 ~
The Little Village School by Gervase Phinn
A new, younger head teacher in red high heels breezes into the school to shake things up and hopefully save it from closure. Perhaps not the humour for everyone, however working in a school myself I know exactly what funny things children can say or do!
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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
A collaboration of two well-loved fantasy authors, that sees the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, so comfortable in their current lives on Earth, coming together to try to stop the coming of the End Times. A quirky dark comedy.
~ 7 ~
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
I could have pick any of Pratchett’s fantastical Discworld series that I’ve read and I know many of you will have your own favourites – however mine has to be this madcap and hilarious take on Macbeth; it always has me chuckling.
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Harry Potter by J K Rowling
Slightly cheating but I couldn’t pick one book from this series as the humour continues throughout. When there are wonderful characters like Ron Weasley, Luna Lovegood and Professor Slughorn, even in the dark times, there is bound to still be some laughs.
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The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins is swept away from his comfortable hobbit hole on an adventure to retrieve a home and treasure from a deadly dragon. The humour in this charming fantasy adventure comes from the mischievous and dry witted wizard, Gandalf. I particularly love when he tricks Bilbo into inviting him and the dwarves for tea.
~ 10 ~
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
A raucous Victorian tale of society, love, identity and who is Ernest?! This is funny enough to read however after taking part in a play reading I have no idea how actors in the play keep a straight face!
Have you read any of these? What books make you smile, chuckle, laugh, giggle or even laugh out loud?