Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: I Dearly Love a Laugh

This week's Top Ten Tuesday prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl is "books that made me laugh out loud."  I dearly love a laugh, much like Elizabeth Bennet, and so a book that can make me laugh aloud is one I will probably like a lot.  Here are my top ten, with all titles linked to my reviews:

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery -- An orphan girl with a big imagination is adopted by an aging brother and sister and spreads sunshine and bemusement wherever she goes.

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster -- An orphan girl with a big vocabulary is sent to college by an anonymous donor and must write him letters detailing her progress.  The sequel, Dear Enemy, is also very funny.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis -- Lots of fairy tales get mixed all up together in this story about a woodcutter's daughter, a frog, and a heap of fairy tale antics.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim -- Three middle-aged London ladies pool their resources and rent a villa in Italy, where they rediscover what it means to be alive.

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart -- Three eccentric sisters are harassed by a bootlegger until one of them takes the law into her own hands.  Based on the real-life adventures of one of New Jersey's first female police officers, Constance Kopp.  The whole series is a delight.

Greenwillow by B. J. Chute -- People living in rural England in the early 1900s have gentle and funny adventures.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen -- Country girl Catherine Morland goes to the big city of Bath, reads too many novels and starts thinking she's living in one, and eventually opens her eyes to the truth about love.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen -- Girl meets boy.  Girl hates boy for being a snob.  Boy secretly thinks girl has fine eyes.  Boy insults girl.  Girl insults boy.  Girl gradually learns it was she who was being a snob.  Boy continues to think girl has fine eyes.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman -- True love, pirates, princes, princesses, giants, sword fights, and the Pit of Despair.  What's not to love?

A Sidekick's Tale by Elisabeth Grace Foley -- A ranch hand tries to stop a family feud, help a young couple realize they love each other, and figure out who rightfully owns an heirloom.


Have you read any of these?  Did you do a TTT list this week?  Do share!

18 comments:

  1. Anne of Green Gables had so many funny moments!

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-that-made-me-laugh-out-loud/

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    1. Lydia, it sure does! Thanks for sharing your link :-)

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  2. I've not read any of these, but I have seen The Princess Bride film and I really enjoyed it.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/02/23/top-ten-tuesday-304/

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    1. ILoveHeartlandX, the person who wrote the novel also wrote the screenplay for the movie, so they are very, very similar! If you like one, you will probably like the other.

      Thanks for sharing yours :-)

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  3. This is an awesome list! ANNE is on mine as well as you just can't help but laugh at all the scrapes she gets herself into. P&P and PRINCESS BRIDE are hilarious as well. I really enjoyed GIRL WAITS WITH GUN, although I haven't moved on with the series as of yet. I need to!

    Happy TTT!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! So glad you've enjoyed many of these too :-)

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  4. I'm due a reread of pride and Prejudice for sure! Happy reading! My TTT https://readwithstefani.com/books-that-made-me-laugh-out-loud/

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    1. Stefani, I just reread P&P last year, and it was wonderful all over again :-)

      Thanks for sharing your list!

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  5. Love Enchanted. Howl's Moving Castle always gets a laugh out of me too.

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    1. Skye, I have not read Howl's Moving Castle, isn't that awful? I really should.

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  6. Ah, a quieter brand of humor, something we can return to for comfort time and again. I've not read several of these, and I'm adding them to my TBR. But Green Gables, Daddy Old Legs, Princess Bride and Austen are old favorites. Happy TTT

    ~Top 10 Tuesday Post @Lexlingua

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    1. Lex, yes, most of these definitely have a quieter, gentler humor. So nice to know we share some favorites! I hope you like the others when you get to them :-)

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  7. "Boy continues to think girl has fine eyes." << best summary of Pride and Prejudice EVER. :D I need to read that again.

    Anne is the best.

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    1. Megan, lol! Glad that amused you :-) P&P is always a good re-read.

      And Anne really is the best.

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  8. "Boy continues to think girl has fine eyes." To echo the above, this really made me laugh :D

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  9. I've read four of these books: Anne of Green Gables, Daddy Longlegs, The Enchanted April (also loved the film), Pride and Prejudice.
    My favourites are No 1 and No 3.

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    1. Sandra, those are good ones to have read! I haven't seen the movie version of The Enchanted April yet, but I would like to!

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