Good morning and welcome back to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as always by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is books guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and I’m hoping that your sense of humor is just as weird as mine.
So, without further ado, let’s get into it!
I’ve put this book on so many lists at this point in time that I’m sure you’re all sick of me talking about it, but I will never stop talking about The Bloggess. Sure, her sense of humor isn’t for everyone, but if it’s your type of humor, you will never stop talking about her, either. I don’t remember how I found her blog, and I don’t remember why I picked up her book in the first place, but I’ve bought everything she’s released in the last ten years and I already can’t wait for whatever she releases next! I even have her coloring book!
I first followed this series on Instagram, and she’s released a second graphic novel since (Cyclopedia Exotica), but nothing beats the cheeriness of the post-male apocalypse that is Woman World. The flag of the country is Beyoncé’s thighs! One kid has an obsession with Paul Blart, Mall Cop, without ever realizing that it’s a DVD that they can watch and revel in. It’s dumb at times and emotional at others, but it’s one of the best graphic novels I’ve read in a long time.
Okay, so this one isn’t technically humor as it’s a science-fiction book, but the humor in the book is just great. This is another one that I’ve ragged on in basically every book list that I’ve ever written, but I will not stop until this book gets the attention it deserves. Also, the first chapter deals with someone causing an international incident by farting, which is about as amazing as it gets.
This is a kid’s fiction book (which I didn’t realize when I bought it), but it hit the perfect amount of nostalgia for me. It reminded me so much of the word play in The Phantom Tollbooth and the explanatory-narrative-style of A Series of Unfortunate Events, both of which were fundamental to my childhood.
And of course, I can’t mention Over the Woodward Wall and it’s inspiration without talking about The Phantom Tollbooth. My teacher read it to us in fifth grade (and I vividly remember her telling us to pretend like we were in the Valley of Sound whenever we got too loud), and I begged my mom to buy me a copy the next time we went to a book store. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read it since.
I debated between The Martian or Project Hail Mary, and decided to go with the original. While it is a story of survival in one of the harshest environments known to man, Mark Watney is also one of those people who deals with stress by cracking jokes. His narrative voice is what makes this book so good, and what makes Project Hail Mary good as well. (We don’t talk about the book Weir wrote in-between these two books.)
I’ve tried reading other Backman books (like A Man Called Ove), but none of them hooked me in like this one. You’ve got a child who knows way more than she should, a friendly hell-hound, and a dead grandmother. It definitely doesn’t sound like a heart-warming book, but it does get there in the end.
I feel like I put this on a book list recently, but I’m not going to go back and check because it definitely needs to be on here again. The entire series is wonderful, but I will say it works much better as an audiobook than as a print book. I tried three times to get into it as a print book and I just couldn’t until I borrowed a friend’s audible account and listened to it there.
I think I’m going to have to end this list at only eight books, because I’ve scrolled through my GoodReads shelves twice and my actual bookshelf twice, and I can’t think of any other books to add to this. If you think you know of something that might be up my alley after reading this list, please let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.