We must be back to normal again! Do you see lots of people outside on the street? Having a BBQ? No? Oh well, that must be only me and my late normal posting that is back LOL
Today for our Top 5 Tuesday hosted by Shanah @bionicbookworm she asked about our top 5 funny reads.
Well, as I think that we really could use a good laugh right now, I did not want to stop at only five.
You’ll get more! So much more!
The first category will be the “romcom”. The books whose main goal are to make you laugh. And fall in love.
The second category will be more subtle: the sassy heroines! These books are not mainly “fun” books per se but they do have amazing banter! Preferably of the sarcastic variety! And as I love sarcasm I couldn’t resist!
Elements of Chemistry (the whole series Hypothesis truly) by Penny Reid
This series was not just enjoyable, it was fr****ng fantastic!
I laughed so hard at their banter. I was also mesmerized by Kaitlyn. She was so unique. A fascinating mix between smart, controlled, rational and innocent, clumsy with that adorable quirk of chanting synonyms each time she was nervous or hiding in any closet available to “recover”.
”Why did you hide? Did they make fun of you?” “No, they ignored me. I think I hid because hiding made it my choice. You can’t be ignored if no one can see you.”
Naked Love by Jewel E Ann
If you are looking for a funny book low on angst that will have you giggling all along don’t look further!
This book was a total surprise. A gift from Jewel E Ann to her followers.
After having read a fantastic story on WWII and a heartbreaking but beautiful YA contemporary I was looking for something light and fun. This book was a godsend!
Avery and Jake banter and bickering was a delicious and fun long foreplay!
“Pain slices along my hand, shooting up my arm, as a cold sweat breaks out along my brow from the nausea settling into the pit of my stomach. I admit it—if only to myself—I, Avery Montgomery, am a wuss. I’ve cancelled clients because of an irritated hangnail. Menstrual cramps leave me bedridden for twenty-four hours. And I’m one of those patients who require nitrous oxide just to get my teeth cleaned. It’s genetic. There has to be a low pain tolerance gene.”
Do you picture Avery, diva to her painted toes and nails?
I was already grinning like a fool! Seriously I must have looked like a deranged woman so many times while reading this on the train!
Moti on the Water by Leylah Attar
Warning: reading this book and laughing hard while walking fast on the threadmill is a VERY BAD IDEA! Or a very good one as your abs will work twice as hard to laugh and help keep your balance in the hope of avoiding a “Moti Moment”.
I have never given more than 5 stars for what could be seen as romcom so far but Moti is in a category of its own!
That scene with Moti choking on her food and then falling backward, below the dais being stuck with her legs at an angle impossible for her to stand up discreetly already had me laughing so hard that I nearly peed my pants. And that was only the beginning.
Perfectly Adequate by Jewel E Ann
I laughed SO HARD at Dorothy’s brutal honesty! She is “Aspie” or Asperger, brilliant but with no mouth filter and incapable of lying which of course gives very interesting and funny situations! Dorothy is impossible not to love.
She is weird but so kind and selfless. Wanting to help others kids or poor people. Taking care of emus and setting them an Instagram account (it reminded me of Atticus, Sawyer Bennett’s dog). Housing her parents. Studying everything to understand it before experimenting like the art of kissing for example.
Being different is no picnic!
“Being an Aspie isn’t always hot chocolate and marshmallows with rainbow sprinkles. No. Oftentimes it’s showing up to a Star Wars themed party dressed as Mr. Spock, greeting everyone with the Vulcan salute.”
But she is brave and soldiers on. She always tries to do her best, analyzing everything in her journals. Dorothy is one of the best humans!
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
My favorite parts in that story were:
-the banter! Ivan and Jasmine were mean to each other, trading insults but it was so funny! Energizing I would say!
-Jasmine’s family! They could earn the medal of “best family in books”. Seriously these siblings were a tight knit bunch but always bickering and poking the other … lovingly!
Jasmine’s mom was fearsome and caring; Jojo with his big head was adorably annoying, Ruby was all warm, maternal and caring ….
Here is how it goes in that family when someone learns something on their sibling and they begin messaging the others:
“Jojo: WHY WOULD YOU NOT TELL ME?
Jojo: HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?
Jojo: DID THE REST OF YOU KEEP THIS FROM ME?
Tali: What happened? What did she not tell you?
Tali: OH MY GOD JAMSINE! Did you get knocked up?
Tali: I swear, if you got knocked up, I’m going to beat the hell out of you! We talked about contraception when you hit puberty.
Sebastian: Jasmine is pregnant?
Rubes: Jasmine is not pregnant.
Rubes: What happened, Jojo?
Jojo: MOM DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS?”
And it goes on! I swear I laughed so hard with that family!
Managed by Kristen Callihan
If you want something easy to read, sweet funny as hell with a joyful and sassy heroine paired with a stuck up protective hottie, just one click now. I can promise you’ll have a very good time!
I enjoyed this one even better than Idol that I did really love.
Kristen Callihan has written exceptional banter between the main characters. I laughed or smiled so many times. The scenes in the plane should have been hard to believe (who would cuddle with a haughty and unknown man to ease his fear really?) but they were so entertaining and true to Sophie’s character I just rolled with it.
Sophie Darling stumbles in Scottie’s world like a tornado. She does not take prisoners. She is bubbly, smart full of life and laughter and is so not impressed (only mesmerized) by Scottie’s demeanor. They were so different and yet made so much sense.
Now, just to give you a taste of their banter, here is some extract of their first encounter on the plane, Sophie’s speaking first: ”“Jesus,” I blurt out, lifting my hand as if to shield my eyes. “It’s like looking into the sun.” “What?” he snaps, those laser-bright eyes narrowing. Oh, this will be fun. “Just stop, will you?” I squint at him. “You’re too hot. It’s too much to take.” This is true, though I’d never have the guts to say so in normal circumstances. “Are you quite well?” he intones, as if he thinks the opposite. “No, you’ve nearly rendered me blind.” I flap a hand. “Do you have an off switch? Maybe put it on low?” His nostrils flare, his skin going a shade darker. “Lovely. I’m stuck next to a mad woman.” “Don’t tell me you’re unaware of the dazzling effect you have on the world.”
The sassy heroines and or sarcastic heroes
Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
I so love this series because the characters are fantastic.
They are and feel real, even the bots and droids.
Moving even the bots and droids.
Funny even the bots and the droids!
They make a crew of misfits. Banter is flying and sarcasm the ruling money!
I love Miss Fresh and her perpetual devil may care attitude paired with big loyalty and fun banter.
I adore Eve with her courage determination huge heart and caustic remarks. The more desperate the situation the more come back she dishes.
I love Zeke. Blue eyes drop dead gorgeous and indestructible Zeke. I don’t care he is a droid I want to marry him.
I love Cricket the little mechanica Oops I said he was little! Pant less and “man parts” less I don’t care he was adorable.
Kaiser the loyal dog robot…
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I absolutely adored the balance between gravity and humor in this book!
Some of the first moments that made me smile was when the heroine, Elisabeth Scrivener, orphaned abandoned at the entrance of a Great Library and raised among very alive grimoires was retelling that the first time she had seen a normal book she thought he was dead because he made no noise nor movement! So delicious!!!
Then of course or sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn is a master at irony and sarcasm.
Always unruffled even in dire circumstances he had the best come backs! He reminded me of Jace Wayland or …….
“Why are you looking at me like that?” he inquired. “You used a demonic incantation to pack my stockings!” He raised an eyebrow. “You’re right, that doesn’t sound like something a proper evil sorcerer would do. Next time, I won’t fold them.”
What also added humor and comic moments was the knack of Elisabeth to always jump head first into compromising situations! Like making fall an entire book shelf on the sorcerer she covertly and discreetly tried to spy on just to end falling on him and grabbing his surprisingly soft hair to test a theory and make sure he had or had not pointed ears! It’s for science you see…
Now that you have my favorites, tell me yours! I always need a good laugh.
Thanks for reading!
A huge YES to lifelike, and sorcery of thorns. I haven’t read Managed but really loved the first book Idol.
Perfectly Adequate looks so good!!
It is Meeghan I swear!
For some reason, I rarely find myself drawn to funny books. I like when a little humor is infused in what I’m reading but I don’t go for full-on comedy. I was surprised to see the one from Marianna Zapata listed. I got the feeling that hers were pretty angsty but maybe I have it wrong. 🙂
No you have it right about Mariana usually Tanya but this one (with Lingus too I think) was an exception. The banter was epic!
Really cool to see Lifelike make an appearance here! I remember when you first talked about it so much after reading! 😀
Oh yes I was smitten!
I’ve only read the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid, but damn now I want to read Elements of Chemistry!!
I don’t just find Reid’s books funny, I like her brand of humor. It’s smart and nerdy and right up my alley
I saw a few vlog videos from Jewel E Ann and I laughed so much, she’s super funny!! Fun post Sophie!
I can’t wait to read Sorcery of Thorns after reading that quote!
Oh cool, I didn’t realize Sorcery of Thorns had an element of humor to it. That makes me even more excited to read it. 🙂
Penny Reid 🙂 I love her so much! I had Lifel1k3 on another “funny” list and I didn’t mention it again today. Sorcery of Thorns is sooooo good! I think I might reread it soon because it was just so much fun! Glad you set things right today with a late post lol
I loved Sorcery of Thorns <3 <3 They have my favorite sort of witty and sarcastic banter! Great choice!
OMG this is the best post ever for me! Romance’s that make me both swoon and laugh are always my favorite! All of these are now on my TBR list! Great picks <3
I knew Lemon Fresh would be on your list. I have an ARC of the third book and I’m so excited!!!!
Nathaniel, yes! Great list….and love the special shout out to Lemon!