Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

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A red ball with a smiley face on it. The ball is floating in a large body of water. Honestly, I haven’t read that many humorous books recently regardless of if we’re talking about tales published last year or thirty years ago.

I’ll share a few funny books I have read and hope I can get some great ideas for other reads from everyone else’s posts today.

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

It was a good read because… the author knows how to poke fun at herself while also inviting her audience to do the same when it comes to our own weird but funny stories about our pasts.


Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

It was a good read because… everything and everyone was up for grabs here! There was no topic too sacred or mundane to joke about. This is one of the things I enjoy the most about Pratchett and Gaiman’s stories.


The Princess Bride by William Goldman

It was a good read because… of how skillfully but respectfully it picked apart the fairy tale genre and saved only their best bits to be woven together into something that was keenly self-aware but still somehow romantic and magical.


The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #1-5) by Douglas Adams

It was a good read because… it regularly defied reader’s expectations of how a science fiction adventure series should go. If you haven’t already noticed, I love it when narrators are aware of their genres and purposefully break certain rules in them.


The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

It was a good read because… no one is ever too old or too young for puns!

100 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

  1. Hi there Lydia! I honestly had a whole post planned, but then changed my mind last night and went with the cat theme. But if I did have my list, we would have had a few in common! Good Omens, The Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy and The Princess Bride!

    All worth a chuckle or two.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier!

  2. I am not a big Gaiman fan, but Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch sounds good. I like your list and your reasons for choosing each book.

  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is my all-time favorite book for that very reason. And, if you like audiobooks, the series is narrated by Stephen Fry which gives it another layer of amazing.

  4. I REALLY need to read Hitchhiker’s Guide. I started it once and fell away, but I hear so much. The Princess bride as well… I’d probably love the added depth.

  5. The Phantom Tollbooth sure sounds like an interesting title! I did not read the book for the princess bride… I may have broken my rule and watched the movie first 😂 I need to read the book!! One of these days…

  6. The Phantom Tollbooth was one of my top favorites of childhood! I’ve only read one or two books by Terry Pratchett. I did enjoy The Color of Magic, but I didn’t go on with the series. Probably because it was so long by the time I read the first one! I listened to Good Omens on audio and it was funny!

  7. I loved The Phantom Tollbooth (and read the princess bride only partly after reading the book; liked it but not sure why I had to stop reading it)
    The rest have been on my TBR . The first one on your list, I recently put a hold on it at my library…

  8. I have watched The Princess Bride and I remember how much it made me laugh. I’m curious if the book is just as funny. Great list!! Thank you for stopping by my blog.

  9. I never read Princess Bride, but saw the movie multiple times. It‘s a classic. Not sure if I have read Good Omens. I might have, but a long time ago. Gaiman is not really my cup of tea. Neither is Pratchett. Blasphemous, I know. I am just not into this type of humorous writing. The recent BBC TV adaptation of Good Omens is very good, though!

    • Since you love the film version of The Princess Bride, I think you’d enjoy the book as well.

      No worries about your opinions of Gaiman and Pratchett. Pratchett isn’t my cup of tea either. 🙂

  10. I saw one or two of the adaptations from Terry Pratchett novels, but never read the books. However I did have a friend who used to read and love them. From the adaptations, it seems like they’d be fun reads. 🙂 Thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week.

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