Top Ten Tuesday #47: Funny Ones

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Books That Made Me Laugh

These are a few books that managed to elicit a laugh from me… not that that’s a hard thing to do, lol.

Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San, Vol. 1 by Honda (illus.)

The first in a manga series about a bookseller who works at a comic book shop. Since I also work at a bookstore, I could strongly relate to all the situations mentioned in the comic. All the booksellers are drawn wearing a mask, and the protagonist, Honda, wears a skull-face mask. It’s a funny read. I highly recommend it.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

This is a short book of personal essays that center around Christmas. They are all quite anti-Christmas, I guess, but I HIGHLY recommend it and suggest you read it around the Christmas holidays. It’s very entertaining. One is about Sedaris working as an elf one Christmas and, oh my gosh! What entertainment! Actually, I recommend you listen to the audiobook because Sedaris (and sometimes his sister) narrates it.

Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Another one about bookselling that was highly entertaining for me. It’s a memoir about Bythell’s experience running a used bookshop in Scotland. It starts out slow and takes a while to get into, but it was worth sticking with it. Now I want to visit Scotland to go to Bythell’s shop.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Lawson had me rolling with laughter from the beginning. Furiously Happy is her memoir about her struggle with mental illness, and, although I’d heard a lot about it before beginning, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Lawson is just hilarious and I appreciated the book’s message about remaining true to who you are.

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

This children’s picture book was one of my top reads of 2020. It’s exactly as the title says: It’s a picture book that doesn’t have any pictures, and it’s such a joy to read. I was tickled and entertained and now feel like reading it again.

Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

I’ve only read three of the Witches books so far from the Discworld series, and although I’ve enjoyed each one, Witches Abroad was my favorite. It was so hilarious! Oh my gosh! It’s a fantasy novel about the Ramtop witches — Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick — travelling abroad to prevent a young woman from marrying a prince. I love how the story played with fairytale tropes and the adventures the three witches had along the way was highly entertaining.

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

This is the Daily Show host’s autobiography that mostly focuses on his childhood in South Africa. It’s a compelling, informative, and entertaining read. Despite the heavy topics discussed (such as apartheid and spousal abuse), there’s lots of humor throughout. I highly recommend it.

Evil Eye by Shekar Madhuri, narr. by Harsh Nayyar, Annapurna Sriram, Bernard White, Nick Choksi, Rita Wolf

This is one of those Audible Originals audiobooks. Oh my gosh! It was such fun to listen to! It’s so funny! It’s about a young Indian woman whose mom keeps pestering her to find a man but when she does, the mom doesn’t seem to like him. It was an unexpected read as well. It started out really funny and, although the humor is maintained throughout, it later became a thriller, which I didn’t see coming at all, but I liked it.



23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #47: Funny Ones

  1. I suspect Pratchett made a few lists for this one. Great choice.
    And that cover for Furiously Happy – well, every time I see it, it makes me furiously happy.
    Lynn 😀


  2. “It’s a picture book that doesn’t have any pictures” Eh? How?? Now I’ll have to read it to find out, haha. But seriously, fun list, and thanks a lot for the Manga rec. I’m always up for fresh Manga suggestions, thanks~
    Lex (


  3. I’ve not read any of these, but I also like to visit Discworld for a good laugh. That cover for Furiously Happy had me thinking it was related to Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that made me laugh. 🙂


    1. Oh I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy too. Lol! Would probably be worth it for you to read Furiously Happy to find out what’s up with the raccoon on the cover.


  4. I agree with you about Born A Crime. Its such a special books. Serious issues but the usual Trevor Noah humor. I really need a copy of Furiously Happy. It looks like a good read. Great list!


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