May 29, 2023

Novel Lives

Book Publicity, Reviews, Author Interviews, and Discussion Posts by Susan Crosby

Admit It. You Wish It Was Saturday. Top 5 Books That Literally Made Me LOL

TIME TRAVEL! No. Seriously. I had to move it this week because of my review schedule. There are so many great books coming out this month! But I didn't want to miss out on the weekly Top 5 Saturday fun! So I moved it to Sunday... We will see if I have to use quantum physics next week, or not?
This Saturday Top Five series is by Amanda at Devouring Books for readers started back in October and I kind of lost motivation for making it every week. But it’s back! This is a series of books that I want to read that all have a common theme. Previously on the blog I have focused on witches, werewolves, thrillers, faeries, fairy tale retellings and high fantasy. I am going to try and bring this series back for every Saturday. 

The Saturday Top Five Schedule for January

1/4/20 — Funny Books

1/11/20 — Books Over 5 years old

1/18/20 — Unreliable Narrators

1/25/10 — Books by Favorite Authors


  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
  • Tag the original post (This one!)
  • Tag 5 people


 Saturday Top Five Four – Books That Literally Made Me LOL

I can appreciate anything that makes me laugh. If there is one thing my life needs on a regular basis is more funny (as you can tell by the four not five in this list). And like most things, it tends to fall into three extreme categories: 1) Utter Absurd/Deadpan 2) Sarcastic 3) Twisted…. oh and 4) Completely Bonkers.

So I thought I would mesh up books with fun non-bookish examples! Let’s laugh!

Oh. And I promise Verify is not on this list. That wasn’t funny.

Example A: Utter Absurdity /Deadpan

1) Not all of Game of Thrones falls under this, obviously. 

2) Different parts of Game of Thrones could fall under each parts of these categories

3) This specific scene will forever be one of my favorite moments of the entire show. It just will. The whole thing is perfectly timed, acted and well done. And it is also a perfect example of comic absurdity. It is also the best reference point I can find for the overall tone of the book below. 

EXTREME CAUTION: I’m not comparing said book to Game of Thrones in any way shape or form. They are two completely different things. I’m comparing the tone of this scene to the tone of this book. That is all.


Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade

You had to see this coming somewhere in this post. I just never saw this coming and I have now asked two different authors, a publicist and a multitude of bookish friends to help me track down more books in this wheelhouse until the next installment comes out. BECAUSE I NEED MORE. My review is linked. The best examples I absolutely cannot provide because of spoilers but I try my best to find others. They pale in comparison but I do my best. Just remember the horse named dolt that refuses to make a left hand turn. And check out my review… I did my best there too. 

“Where’s <Ruriton>?” said Mory.

“Pretty much due south,” said Peck, pointing down the road. “Should I draw you a map?”

Mory shrugged. “I wouldn’t know how to read it.”

Peck grinned and ruffled Mory’s shaggy mane. “That’s okay. I wouldn’t know how to draw it.”

Exhibit B: Completely Bonkers


In The Hall With The Knife By Diana Peterfreund

My review and Q and A with Diana Peterfreund is linked above. This was one of my most anticipated reads last year. The MG/YA spin-off series of Clue made me completely geek out! And for those walking into the read looking for exactly what it promised? That is exactly what you got! I cannot wait for what Ms. Peterfreund has in store for all of us in the next installment!

“… to make sure there is nobody here.”
“But there is a body here. In the conservatory.”
Scarlett rolled her eyes.


“All clear up there unless,” Finn said. ” Unless you think they were murdered by a mannequin.”
Mustard did not.

Exhibit C: Sarcastic



Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

Saturday Top 5 Books That Made Me Laugh

This is not my image and I don’t know where it came from but if anyone does, please let me know who to credit.

I figure this is going to be one of those times I’m either going to find out it is “just me,” and my brain is just that broke, or that I’m not alone in my insanity. Either way, there were a staggering amount of moments the first time I read SOC/CK that made me cackle and still do, even on the millionth listen.

There are the classics, like my ghost won’t associate with your ghosts… but let’s see…


“We need to bury them,” Nina said.

“The ground’s too hard, and we don’t have the time. The Shu team is still moving toward Djerholm. We don’t know how many other Grisha they may have, and Pekka’s team could already be inside.”

“We can’t just leave them for the wolves,” she said, her throat tight.

“Do you want to build them a pyre?”

“Go to hell, Brekker.”

“Do your job, Zenik,” he shot back. “I didn’t bring you to Fjerda to perform funeral rites.”

She lifted her hands. “How about I crack your skull open like a robin’s egg?”

“You don’t want a look at what’s inside my head, Nina dear.”


Yeah. I know. I’m a sick puppy.

Exhibit D: Dark and Twisty

I miss Weeds. That is all.

But I’m going to go comic book on this one. Except I’m going to clip the TV show because, Klaus just stole the show. He was never my favorite from the comics. Don’t get me wrong, I loved him. But #2/Diego was always my favorite from the Umbrella Academy. Then Netflix happened. And Robert Sheehan happened. And boom. A star was born. Dark and twisted humor has a new face.


OK! What books have made you laugh lately or over the years? Anything on my list that also made you laugh? Maybe you can find something to lighten your reading up a bit, too? Or binge Umbrella Academy… it is a dysfunctional, dark, twisted, like nothing you have ever seen, blast.

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