If laughter be the food of love, read on…


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is:

‘Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)’

What a great topic!  Everybody needs a good laugh every now and again and these books certainly gave me a good chuckle and earned me some odd looks from passing strangers on my way into and home from work!

  1. The Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett.  I absolutely loved these books.  They’re an excellent combination of wiley plot, great characters and over the top silly goodness.  Tiffany Aching is a witch in training and her adventures with the Nac Mac Feegles or the Wee Free Men as they are better known are incredibly entertaining (there are five books in total – I’ve not yet read the 5th – I’m saving it!)
  2. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Adam Douglas – I shouldn’t be surprised to see Adam Douglas (and Terry Pratchett) on a number of lists this week and with good reason.
  3. The Princess Bride by William Goldman – this book, and film, just make me happy.  I can’t help it.  It’s just gorgeously outrageous!  Read it – watch it even!
  4. The Gentlemen Bastard series by Scott Lynch – I think this series is just excellent but one of the reasons why I really love it (apart from the obvious great stories – and Jean Tannen – lets not forget about Jean!) is that there is such a lot of humour involved and Scott Lynch has taken snarky creative cursing to a whole other level.
  5. The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore – I’m just going to be honest and say that Mr Moore has got a wicked sense of humour that can be a little bit crude and near the knuckle, but that had me laughing my socks off!  Too funny!  Wear extra socks just to be sure.
  6. The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker – I just can’t recommend this book enough.  I loved it – and Goodreads says it so perfectly that I stole this snippet : ‘the only fantasy on record with a white-uniformed nurse, gourmet cuisine, one hundred and forty-four glass butterflies, and a steamboat. This is a book filled with intrigue, romance, sudden violence, and moments of emotional impact and a cast of charming characters….’ – how can you deny yourself such reading pleasure!  Really!
  7. Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio.  This book is crazy but in a totally great way.  Highly readable and apart from the fact that I was already drawn in by the mention of Transylvania Polygnostic University and Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (the ruthless baddie) the following would have definitely nailed it ‘a gaslamp fantasy filled to bursting with Adventure! Romance! and Mad Science!’
  8. The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne – because of the simply brilliant relationship and mental telepathic communication between Atticus and Oberon.
  9. The Red Queen’s war series by Mark Lawrence which are wonderfully clever stories – these are not comedies I hasten to add, they can be downright down with the nasty but Jalan certainly kept me entertained and the friendship between Jalan and Snorri is very enjoyable indeed!
  10. Harry Potter – I just had to go there!  J K Rowling created a great series here, one that people started reading as children and grew up with!  So clever really when you just think about it.  But, on top of the definite appeal to a younger audience these books also managed to capture the minds of many adults too!  Very engaging and with wonderful laugh out loud moments!



56 Responses to “If laughter be the food of love, read on…”

  1. imyril

    *looks at your list* *looks at The Anvil of the World on the shelf* I… should stop putting this off.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really like Kage Baker and think her books had a great sense of humour – well, this one in particular.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Jamie Wu

    I love Lies of Locke Lamora! But I had some difficulty finishing it due the structure of the stories. I need to clear some time to read the sequels.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I guess the books themselves are not particularly funny – it’s the banter and creative cursing that makes me laugh.
      Lynn 😀

      • Jamie Wu

        Locke and his interaction with the Falconer is top notch.

      • @lynnsbooks

        I know – I love his sarcasm!
        Lynn 😀

  3. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I chose The Iron Druid series, the Gentleman Bastards and Harry Potter too! Seeing them on your list makes me so happy. I truly love those series -although for the Iron Druid one, I’ve only read the first book. I really need to read Mark Lawrence’s works, I have the first book, Prince of Thorns, on my shelf. It’s so short, but I’ve never gotten around to it…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I do love the Lawrence books – the Thorn ones are quite a different feel than his Red Queen’s War books but I love all of them to be honest.
      I really like the Druid Chronicles but I think I only got up to 4 and need to make time to read the rest.
      Harry Potter is definitely the boss this week I think – on nearly all the lists I think!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Oh Harry Potter DEFINITELY made me laugh out loud several times. XD I LOVED THAT. And eeep, Terry Pratchett is amazing. ❤ I haven't read the Tiffany Aching series but the book he co-wrote with Neil Gaiman, Good Omens? IT'S SO HYSTERICALLY FUNNY I CANNOT EVEN. :') Here’s my TTT!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Harry Potter has a lot more humour in it than I ever anticipated. Terry Pratchett really is amazing. I need to read more from his Disc World series.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Alison Doherty

    I love how many people are including Harry Potter on their lists!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, I think HP is the outright winner this week – with probably The Martian and Terry Pratchett not far behind.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Samantha @ Book Minx

    Great list! Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy made it onto my list as well. I’m not going to be surprised to see that one on several other people’s either.

    Harry Potter is also a great pick. I completely forgot about all the humorous moments in that series! Especially the first few books.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, the HP books seem to be making a lot of lists this week along with The martian – which I completely forgot to add!
      I love HGttG!
      Lynn 😀

  7. Zezee

    I almost included the Princess Bride on my list. Such a fun read.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love that book and it’s actually one of the few books where I actually equally like the film – which is very unusual for me!
      Lynn 😀

      • Zezee

        Same here. Best book to film adaptation for me.

      • @lynnsbooks

        I know – I can’t think of another adaptation that I like better – well, okay, maybe LoTR.
        Lynn 😀

      • Zezee

        Lol yea, LoTR is a good one too.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Absolutely! So much humour.
        Lynn 😀

  8. SciFi and Scary

    I had a kid I named George and a cat I named Fred. Coincidence? I think not! My TTT.

  9. Carmen

    I read Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore and I thought he was hysterical, but you are right, his humor is crude.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah it is crude but like you said, very funny! I shall have to look up Sacre Bleu.
      Lynn 😀

  10. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The Hitchhikers’ Guide is more than a cult book – it’s an icon, and I loved every single delightfully crazy moment of it 🙂

  11. jessicabookworm

    This is a great topic and you’ve got a great list. I also have The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter and Terry Pratchett on my list 😀

  12. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    You know, I would never have thought anything MarK Lawrence writes would be “funny”, but you are correct about Red Queen’s War! I thought the Liar’s Key was even funnier…oh Jalan Jalan Jalan.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, they’re a bit of a comedy act (well, every now and again between the blood and gore!).
      Lynn 😀

  13. Carrie

    great books! My TTT

  14. Gwen

    I completely forgot about The Princess Bride, but that’s a great one to include. Ditto about The Hitchhiker’s Guide and Harry Potter.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I forgot loads of good books this week! My memory is like a sieve – in fact I thought I was going to struggle when in actual fact I probably could have had 20 books!
      Lynn 😀

  15. aseachange

    I absolutely adore the Tiffany Aching books and I’ve been eyeing up The Druid Chronicles for ages. The Princess Bride is one of my favourite films so I’ve always wanted to try the book!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I actually saw the Princess Bride before reading the book and I don’t usually like to do it that way around but prefer to read the book first. On this occasion it really didn’t matter though because I love both!
      Lynn 😀

      • aseachange

        Now that is a ringing endorsement! I may have to treat myself…. 😉

      • @lynnsbooks

        Do so! You’re worth it!!!
        Lynn 😀

  16. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    I must read Scott Lynch’s series. I hear so many good things about it and now I’m really excited to hear it’s funny too. Great list!

  17. Elen @ A World of Reviews

    It’s been so long since I’ve read the Tiffany Aching books! I think I’ll have to reread them to appreciate the fun and silliness again. 🙂 And I keep meaning to read The Princess Bride – I know I’ll love it, yet I still haven’t gotten around to it. Great list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I still have the fifth Tiffany book to read – I’m saving it for a while!
      Lynn 😀

  18. Bri

    Even just thinking about the Princess Bride makes me smile. For as often as i see the movie I’ve only read the book once, so that will have to be one I try again soon for summer. Also YAY Harry Potter. No matter how many times I reread it I always smile and laugh at the same parts, never gets old lol.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know what you mean – some books just never get old.
      Lynn 😀

  19. proxyfish

    Great list Lynn! The Gentleman Bastards certainly made mine! 😀 A few new discoveries there too! I’ll have to check them out…

  20. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I do love the humor in Lies of Locke Lamora! 🙂

  21. Amanda

    Oh The Princess Bride! Excellent addition to your list! I need to pick that book up again. I have the Gentlemen Bastards on my list of books to read this year – I’m glad to know there is humor in them!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh yes, I love Scott Lynch’s humour! And Princess Bride is just such a favourite!
      Lynn 😀

  22. Danya @ Fine Print

    Hitchhiker’s Guide! I remember reading that in high school and being absolutely hysterical with laughter. Agatha H sounds right up my alley, I’ll have to check it out. The Lies of Locke Lamora is great too! Don’t worry Lynn, no one will ever forget your love of Jean Tannen! 😀

  23. Chachic

    Harry Potter is definitely clever! And yes, there were some laugh out loud scenes in that series.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I really miss that series – it was something to look forward to.
      Lynn 😀

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