Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is all about funny books. I don’t read a lot of funny books. I’m more of a death, doom, disease, and destruction kind of person. So, here are some funny moments that I’ve found in serious books.
Funny Moments In Serious Books
1. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
If you grew up in the US, you probably had to read this book in school, and you probably spent a whole English class talking about racism in the 1930s American South. But, remember Scout’s ham costume? And when Jem got his pants caught in the fence? Yeah, those were good moments.
2. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
This book about a family living in extreme poverty probably belongs on a list of the most depressing memoirs ever, but the author has hilarious ways of describing his family members and their hypocritical Irish Catholic beliefs.
3. Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Bombings, plagues, and mass destruction aren’t funny, but the characters are. I laughed out loud at some of their conversations.
4. Going Bovine – Libba Bray
The main character is dying from mad cow disease. This is made slightly less depressing by the fact that the side character is a talking garden gnome.
5. Feed – M.T. Anderson
It’s a dystopia . . . where the characters go on dates to a filet mignon farm and wander through a maze made out of raw steak.
6. Any book by Rainbow Rowell
If you’ve never read a Rainbow Rowell book, you need to. Immediately. She writes about serious subjects, but the dialogue in her books is hilarious.
7. American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang
This graphic novel is about immigration and the difficulties of being Asian-American. It has some . . . um . . . interesting depictions of Chinese-American stereotypes.
8. Looking For Alaska – John Green
We all remember the traumatizing death part of this novel, but there was also that thing about the stripper . . .
9. The Martian – Andy Weir
The main character is stranded alone on Mars. For years. At least he has a sense of humor about it.
10. Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
Imagine being blackmailed into revealing your deepest secret. That happens in this book, but there’s also a lot of witty banter and a boy who loves Oreos as much as I do.
What is your favorite funny book?