Books & Humor: Why I Don’t Laugh Out Loud Often

I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while now because I’ve noticed that as I’m reading I don’t laugh out loud very often. Sure, I can find books to be funny or characters will say something that will make me react in my head or give a little giggle, but I don’t full blown laugh out loud very often when I read.

And I don’t get it because I have a great sense of humor (or so I like to think and I’ve been told).

Only recently have I actually become aware of books that have made me laugh out loud or react in a more exaggerated way than I normally have, such as:

When I read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I absolutely loved it for many reasons, and one of the main reasons being the humor. It was the first book that I actually physically laughed out loud to in a very long time, that’s why it sticks to clearly in my memory as being funny.

Night of Cake & Puppets was funny because I already had a preconceived notion as to who the characters of Zuzana and Mik were, and the fact that there is so much SASS in this book made my heart warm and me laughing during my lunch break at work (luckily no one was with me for me to be embarrassed by).

And I’m currently reading When We Collided, but so far I’ve laughed at the most ridiculous lines because I feel like I’ve been there and said those kinds of things, just not in that way. Or maybe I just really relate to Jonah. And Vivi is just too peppy for words, oh man.

So why is it that I don’t laugh out loud when I read funny books? Or rather, why is it that I’ve only noticed recently that it’s happened and not before?

I think that when it comes to reading it’s a very personal thing. Not everyone who reads the same book is going to experience it in the same way, and so some people might be extremely easy laughers no matter the situation. If they’re reading, watching TV, talking to people: they just laugh easily. Then there are some people who don’t laugh at all while reading, except maybe in their heads.

I fall somewhere in the middle. I love to laugh. I love to smile. But when I read I get so wrapped up in the world and the characters that I don’t always notice when or if I do laugh even if I think something’s funny.

I don’t think this is an inherently bad thing at all, by the way. But I’m curious as to why I’m like that when I know how I am outside of reading.

I’ve just been noticing more and more that I’ve been commentating to myself my emotions out loud (yup, I’m weird), and that I’ve been chuckling or giggling or making weird faces, or even full blown laughing out loud lately. Maybe I’m just picking up the right books? Or maybe this topic has just been so on my mind lately that I’ve finally picked up on it?

Either way, I love that books can make me laugh. It’s exhilarating and refreshing and I think it’s so awesome that books have the power to do that because you don’t hear the inflection or tone in the book, but you still get it and understand what emotion it’s trying to convey.

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Do you laugh out loud easily when it comes to books, or do you keep your emotions inside more? Are you a giggler? A chuckler? A starer? I need to know I’m not the only one!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That’ll Make You Laugh

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about books that’ll make you laugh. Now, I’m going to be honest: I don’t laugh when I read books. I mean, don’t get me wrong! I think plenty of books are funny and I’m often laughing in my head, but I don’t always laugh out loud. Some books I have recently, and I think it’s the best feeling, but otherwise I just kind of sit there and smile and think something’s funny.

So this list was really hard for me to make because I only remember a few in which I physically laughed out loud to. But here is my list of books that will get a chuckle out of you, no matter how it comes about:

1 . Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – This book will forever be listed among the “cute” and “funny” categories for me and I think that it really deserves this spot. It’s not only full of cute moments, but lots of moments where I found myself laughing out loud (and I’m pretty sure this is the first book that I did so with). So much sass. So many puns. So many oreos.

2. Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor – If you love Zuzana and Mik from Daughter of Smoke & Bone then you’re going to love this novella because OMG SO MUCH LAUGHTER WAS HAD. Zuzana is my spirit animal. She is so funny and witty and clever and you just need to read this novella. Go. Now. DO IT.

3. Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – I just remember Gideon trying so hard to be suave and charming, and he’d say something that would dig him into a deeper hole and in his head he’d chastise himself. Too. Funny.

4. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – Honestly, Simon is my ultimate book BFF because he just comes out with these awesome lines that make the situation either really awkward or very sarcastic. I love him. Plus Jace and Isabelle and other characters all have their turn at humor and sass and I love them to piecessssss.

5. The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester – If you haven’t watched these two YouTubers, I suggest you do so. Dan’s sarcastic humor always makes me laugh and feel so relatable, and then Phil is just a weird goofball. Reading their book, and subsequently listening to the audiobooks, really made my day.

6. The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – As I continue into this series more and more I find that there are parts where I’m smiling and laughing on the inside or just getting more of the jokes or whatever because Kate is a really sarcastic person, especially on the inside. I love how she always makes side comments to herself and sometimes it seems like the people around her can read her mind. It’s not a funny series overall, but there are bits of humor throughout to lighten the tension of what’s actually going on.

And that’s all I could think of because I’m literally getting a headache trying to remember the books I’ve laughed at while reading. I just… I can’t remember. In the moment, sure, but now? Oh man.

Oh, and because I can, I’m going to HIGHLY recommend this anime that is a romantic comedy and PURE GOLD.

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Ore Monogatari (My Love Story!) is about:

The story follows Takeo Gōda, a tall and muscular student who doesn’t have much luck with women, as every girl he likes ends up falling for his best friend, Makoto Sunakawa, who is charming and good-looking. This all changes when he saves Rinko Yamato, a petite shy girl who, above all other expectations, falls in love with Takeo, beginning a unique love story.

You have no clue how much I love this anime. I just finished watching all of the episodes last night and I’m SO SAD because I NEED more.

So I want to ask all of you for recommendations of funny books! Because obviously I need to know some more.

What kinds of books make you laugh? Are you like me and don’t really laugh out loud when it comes to reading? Let me know!