I like when books make me feel things, and I know that a lot of readers agree with me. It's why we aggressively recommend the books that have turned us into sobbing messes. However, I think as a whole, we think of feeling things while reading as feeling sad or angry or frustrated. Why don't we put a little more focus on the books that make us happy? I was very glad to see that this week's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly feature at The Broke and the Bookish) was top 10 books that will make you laugh. So take a break from the tearjerkers, sit back, and relax. (You'll laugh till you collapse! This is what happens to me now that Animaniacs is on Netflix.)
1. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (Shades of London #1) - Maureen Johnson is one of the funniest YA authors I know of. I don't think I've ever read a book by her that hasn't made me laugh. This one just happens to be the one I read the most recently. I'll admit that this doesn't really look like a funny book, but don't be fooled. It's wonderful.
2. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh - If any of you haven't checked out the blog Hyperbole and a Half (which unfortunately hasn't been updated in a long time), you're missing out. It's one of the funniest things I've ever read. This book contains some blog posts and some completely new content, and it made me laugh so hard I cried multiple times. And there's another book, Solutions and Other Problems, coming out later this year!
3. The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare - If you're looking for something that's exclusively funny, then this might not be for you. But this has so many hilarious conversations that it would be a shame not to include it. Plus, it has Will Herondale, one of the funniest characters I've ever read about.
4. Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson - This book didn't make me laugh out loud as much as some of the other books on the list, but I'm always at least smiling when I'm reading this. (And there are a few hilarious moments, too! Otherwise, it wouldn't be on the list.) Ms. Marvel has achieved the rare, beautiful balance of being both amusing and genuinely thought-provoking.
5. The Heist Society trilogy by Ally Carter - This is another one where the humor is mostly in the interactions between the characters. When you get a bunch of professional teenage thieves together to plan a heist or two, there's going to be quite a few laughs. And Ally Carter always knows how to mix humor and action.
6. Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson - I had to include Calvin and Hobbes. This is probably my favorite comic strip of all time. And I'm counting it as a book because there are plenty of books, too.
7. The Princess Bride by William Goldman - I'm willing to bet that even if a lot of you haven't read this book, you've seen the movie. If so, you know what you're getting into here, and you know it's going to be a fun time. And if you haven't, what are you doing? Go watch it now. Stop reading and go watch. Trust me.
8. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - Did you really think I was going to get through an entire post about humor without mentioning Terry Pratchett at least once? Good Omens is the funniest book about the apocalypse you'll ever read. To give you a taste, the main characters are (in the book's own words) Aziraphale, an angel and part-time rare book dealer, and Crowley, an angel who did not so much fall as saunter vaguely downwards. What's not to like?
9. Dave Barry is from Mars and Venus by Dave Barry - Okay, so anything by Dave Barry will probably make you laugh. I just happened to pick this one because it's one of the books that introduced me to Dave Barry's humor and because it's a collection of his newspaper columns, which means that it's really easy to pick up for about five minutes whenever you need a laugh. I read the column about the first Thanksgiving every year, and it still makes me laugh.
10. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West - I happen to have almost exactly the same sense of humor as Caymen, the protagonist of this book, so it made me laugh quite a lot. I'm not sure whether that'll be the same for everyone who reads this post, but if you're a fan of sarcasm and dry humor, read this immediately.
What are some of your favorite funny books? Which do you like more: when a book makes you laugh or when it makes you cry? Tell me in the comments!