I don't know about you, but sometimes I just am in the mood to laugh, whether it's because I'm feeling down and need a pick me up or because I'm feeling good and want to keep the happiness going. So I've compiled a list of the ten funniest books/series I've read recently, ranging from books that were just plain laugh-out-hilarious to books that were a little on the dark or intense side but still had some great humor in them.
And, since humor is subjective, I've included a quote from each book because what better way to tell whether or not you'll like the humor than with a quote?! Plus maybe I can bring some laughter to your day without you even having to read the books ;-)
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week was a partial freebie, so my topic is:
Top Ten Books to Read If You’re in the Mood to Laugh
10. The Shifter by Janice Hardy – Review
This middle grade high fantasy has a great all-ages humor.
“I don’t know how you do it.”
“Don’t eat for three days,” I mumbled around a mouthful of fish. “You’d be surprised how fast you can shovel it in. You don’t even need to breathe.”
“No, I mean holding pain. But your eating is impressive too.”
9. Summoned by Rainy Kaye
The djinn main character in this paranormal romance hasn’t been given the best lot in life, but that’s ok because he covers it up with his sarcasm and jokes.
“But while you’re in Virginia, can you pick me up a golden ginger?”
I give a low whistle. “Damn, Syd, is it my birthday already?”
“It’s an apple, you perv,” she says. “They’re from the east coast. Always wanted to try one.”
“Is that a euphemism? I’m not following, but it sounds hot.”
She laughs. “No, Dimitri, it’s an actual apple.”
I say, “I gotta admit, I’m not really thinking about apples anymore.”
8. Soul Breaker by Clara Coulson – Review
This urban fantasy has some heaviness and gore to it, but the snarky main character also makes it fun.
[I] hobble around to the place on the floor where I tossed my clothes last night. Except they’re gone. The space on the carpet is clear. My brain, which hasn’t quite booted up for the day yet, spends about thirty seconds trying to process how my clothes could have left the scene without me. Briefly, I picture them walking off by themselves down the street, scaring the crap out of some innocent passersby.
7. The Usual Apocalypse by Christine Price
The thoughts of the protagonist in this M-M paranormal romance/mystery are hilarious, but in this great not-even-trying kind of way.
“I was hoping you could take a few minutes so we could catch up.”
Matt didn’t respond. Predators’ vision was based on movement. If he remained still and silent, Graham would go away.
6. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples – Review
This whole sci-fi/fantasy graphic novel series is crazy and fun and out-there with characters to match.
“Can I have a boost, Granny?”
“Granny is too busy bleeding at the moment.”
5. Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle by Amy Fecteau – Review
The main character in this M-M vampire paranormal romance is hilariously quippy and sarcastic, and the other characters join in and play off it, making it even better. It’s got a nice balance of humor and intensity.
“You’re a stalker,” he said, throwing the pillow at Quin. “That’s creepy. Really goddamned creepy. Stop following me. They give out pamphlets about that kind of behavior. Showing up in a pamphlet is never good, Quin.”
4. Wings of Darkness by Sherri A. Wingler – Review
Pretty much all the characters in this YA reaper paranormal romance are hilarious in their own way, from their thoughts to their dialogue to their actions.
I tried to shove Asher away, but it was like moving stone. He intended to comfort me, and by God he was going to do it. Whether I wanted him to, or not.
3. Semi-Charmed by Isabel Jordan
To be honest, I don’t remember this paranormal romance very well, but I do remember laughing a lot while reading it.
Glancing around, he gauged his surroundings and tried to determine whether or not he needed to be concerned.
Well, he wasn’t at home. The closet in his bedroom was double the size of this room, and he was fairly certain he hadn’t painted any of his walls cherry red recently. He’d gotten drunk before, but he’d never been sloshed enough to decorate.
2. Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky – Review
This fantasy-ish graphic novel had me laughing so hard at the inappropriate ridiculousness, but it also had the most amazing relationship ever.
“I literally must have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars of porn from this place over the years.”
“Boy. That’s gotta be like… seventeen pornos at these prices.”
1. Steal the Light by Lexi Blake – Review
This whole urban fantasy series is absolutely my number ONE when it comes to hilarity. I mean, it’s great all around, but this humor is the best kind because rather than a series of jokes and quippy remarks, it kind of builds up in scenes and throughout the books and comes out organically in the thoughts and actions and interactions between characters. And I swear sometimes I had to stop reading just to regain composure!
“I can call Neil, but I certainly don’t have a weird mind-control thing over him. God, I wish. He’s a shitty minion. I think he memorized my credit card number because I apparently spend a lot of money at someplace called Aéropostale. I don’t know what that is.”