Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Smile

Hello dear readers! It’s Tuesday once again, so it’s time for me to tell you about some books I love! This time it’s about the ones that made me smile, but…all books make me smile? Because they’re beautiful. ❤ Okay, not all books. So instead, I’ll show you ten books that made me fold in half, cry my eyes out, slap my knee, and similar bookworm gymnastics. I don’t tend to primarily read comedy as a genre (Says she, Terry Pratchett’s #1 fan), so these are mostly comical fantasy books, or chick-lit, or just quirky books that made me laugh. These books are also something I will most certainly reread at some point. TTT is a weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl, and every Tuesday there is a different themed post of top 10 things.


1. Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Wyrd sisters

Of course we start with STP. He is, after all, the greatest satirist of our times! His books are not only the most amazing fantastical romp, but also a parody of our crooked society. He also liked to poke fun at Shakespeare a lot. In this one, it’s Macbeth and Hamlet. I personally think that Nanny Ogg and and Granny Weatherwax are Pratchett’s most hilarious characters, and this is the first book we see them together in. It’s also the first Pratchett book I ever read so it holds sentimental value, but there’s no denying it’s funny as hell.

“I reckon responsible behavior is something to get when you grow older. Like varicose veins.”

“Witches aren’t like that. We live in harmony with the great cycles of Nature, and do no harm to anyone, and it’s wicked of them to say we don’t. We ought to fill their bones with hot lead.”

“Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.”

2. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

Witches abroad

In my opinion, this is the funniest Discworld book out of the ones I’ve read so far (The first 21), and the funniest Witches book. It parodies fairy tales and small-town tourists. The witches being the tourists. It features Casanunda, the world’s greatest lover; horny cats; bananana cocktails; voodoo magic; vampires; fairy godmothers and more.

“Progress just means bad things happen faster.”

“Blessings be on this house,” Granny said, perfunctorily. It was always a good opening remark for a witch. It concentrated people’s minds on what other things might be on this house.”

“Nanny Ogg knew how to start spelling ‘banana’, but didn’t know how you stopped.”


3. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett


This one is a Discworld book too, but from the Death series. It pokes fun at Christmas, holidays, and the power of belief. Featuring the God of Hangovers, missing Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy’s gang, and lesser deities like the one that makes warts appear on your face, and the one responsible for that missing sock in the washer.

“Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.”

“Real children do not go hoppity skip unless they are on drugs.”

“She’d become a governess. It was one of the few jobs a known lady could do.
And she’d taken to it well. She’d sworn that if she did indeed ever find
herself dancing on rooftops with chimney sweeps she’d beat herself to death with her own umbrella.”


4. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane

Both you and your grandma know that this is one of my favorite books ever, and the major reason for that is that it’s freaking hilarious! My Lady Jane is Jane Grey, the nine days queen, who got her head chopped off after ruling over England for nine days. This is a whole different version of that story. Are you a lover of puns? You shall find an abundance here, as well as many nods to other famous fantasy works. I will never stop telling you to read this book. Sorry, not sorry.

“Because he was English and that’s what the English do under stress: they drink tea.”

“So. Her husband-to-be was a philanderer. A smooth operator. A debaucher. A rake. A frisker. (Jane was something of a walking thesaurus when she was upset, a side effect of too much reading.)”

“Who are you calling beef-witted?” she laughed at him. “Your mother was a hamster, and your father stank of elderberries!”

5. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My plain jane

This is the non-direct sequel to My Lady Jane, meaning it’s a standalone, but it’s written in the same manner. This book’s heroine is the Plain Jane a.k.a. Jane Eyre, along with her ghostly friend Helen, and her actual author Charlotte Brontë. Ghost busters meet Jane Eyre. This one is pun-abundant as well, and such a fun read.

“We require that one ring,” Mr. Blackwood said. “It’s my ring,” said the king. “It’s my precious.”

“He keeps it locked in a room guarded by a three-headed dog, which drops into a pit of strangling vines, followed by a life-or-death life-size game of chess, which opens into a room with a locked door and a hundred keys on wings, and then there’s a mirror…”

“But she was a writer, so while she did get this moment of thinking herself somewhat brilliant, it would soon be offset by a crippling doubt that she had a gift of words at all. Such is the way with all writers. Trust us.”

6. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride

The well-beloved movie of us, 90s kids, is based on a book, and I’ve finally read it. And it’s hilarious. Sorry, not sorry, but the source material is always better. I still adore the movie, how can I not! If, by chance, you aren’t familiar with Princess Bride, it’s the timeless classic of true love, and master swordsmen, and royal kidnapping, and gentle giants, and the zoo of death, and everything a perfect adventure entails. You will not regret reading this book! Not if you love pure, unadulterated adventure. And humor.

“True love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops.”

“Who are you?”
“No one of consequence.”
“I must know.”
“Get used to disappointment.”

“You mock my pain! Life is pain, anyone who says otherwise is obviously selling something!”

7. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones Diary

You may love chick lit or you may not, but Bridget Jones is a gem of British humor. It is all of us struggling with guys, with weight, with quitting cigarettes and with developing inner poise. I regally snorted my way through this book and will do so again many times. Basically, it’s hilarious because it’s familiar and because it’s true life, without embellishment.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.”

“I will not fall for any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, people with girlfriends or wives, misogynists, megalomaniacs, chauvinists, emotional fuckwits or freeloaders, perverts.”

“Tom has a theory that homosexuals and single women in their thirties have natural bonding: both being accustomed to disappointing their parents and being treated as freaks by society.”

8. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason

Quite possibly even more funnier than the first one, because this one is adventurous. Bridget goes to Thailand and ends up in jail, and this adds a whole new level on the regular 30-something-singleton drama, and of course, more Mark Darcy drama ensues.

“But what am I going to do with my life? I know. Will eat some cheese.”

“What is it about mothers and the phone which, immediately you say you have to go, makes them think of nineteen completely irrelevant things they have to tell you that minute?”

“Weightless (in air), alcohol units 8 (but in-flight so canceled out by altitude), cigarettes 0 (desperate: no-smoking seat), calories 1 million (entirely made up of things would never have dreamt of putting in self’s mouth were they not on in-flight tray), farts from traveling companion 38 (so far), variations in fart aroma 0.”

9. Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Stay Sexy

It’s hard to explain in a paragraph why murder is funny (It’s not), so you might want to read my review of this one first. It’s basically a dual memoir by the co-hosts of My Favorite Murder Podcast. Both of them are comediennes, true crime addicts, and have been through the regular and not so regular shit in life. Here they give some anecdotes, tips and useful life advice.

“There’s really nothing like the self-righteousness of the partially informed.”

“I think its good to just say what you’re thinking out loud. Some guy comes up to you on the street and starts asking a bunch of personal questions, you can say ‘Whoa, this is weird behavior, I don’t know you. You seem like a predator.’ If he gets mad and calls you a “bitch”, it doesn’t mean you’re a bitch, it just means you were right.”

“I’m not a shitty person, which really is the point of life in my eyes: “Don’t be a dick and do good things.” That’s my other motto. It has the word dick in it.”

10. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman

I am actually currently reading this book, but I’m really enjoying it! Firstly because of the antics of two young boys who like each other, and secondly because of the sibling rivalry between the main character and his sister – I have both a younger brother and a sister, and all of that is more than familiar. This is a YA historical fiction novel, with an unhealthy dose of puns and burns.

“God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.”

“I swear, you would play the coquette with a well-upholstered sofa.”
“First, I would not. And second, how handsome is this sofa?”

“I am somehow stuck with an obstinate mount that resembles less a horse and more a leggy sausage, and seems fond of ingesting my commands and then ignoring them in their entirety.”


That’s it! Those are some of the books that made me laugh again and again, and it’s quite possible I’ll reread some of these in the future. What makes you laugh? Have you read any of the books from my list and did you think they’re funny? Any other hilarious books I should read? Talk to me in comments and have a fantastic week, friends! ❤

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