Happy Top 5 Tuesday!
This is another topic I think I’ve done before, but since it gives me the opportunity to push HtbaNP again, I’m taking part. Whenever I get to rave about TJ I’m a happy girl.
Oh, and there’s others on the list too.
Top 5 Tuesday was started by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm!
How to be a Normal Person
by TJ Klune
Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.
Gus is not normal. And he’s fine with that. All he wants is to be left alone.
Until Casey, an asexual stoner hipster and the newest employee at Lottie’s Lattes, enters his life. For some reason, Casey thinks Gus is the greatest thing ever. And maybe Gus is starting to think the same thing about Casey, even if Casey is obsessive about Instagramming his food.
But Gus isn’t normal and Casey deserves someone who can be. Suddenly wanting to be that someone, Gus steps out of his comfort zone and plans to become the most normal person ever.
After all, what could possibly go wrong?
TJ is a comedy genius! And, for me, this was his best (funniest) read ever. I can’t rave about it enough, but I’ll save you the power point presentation since I’ve written it all before.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
by Jesse Andrews
Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.
Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.
Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.
And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.
After HtbaNP, my favorite funny book is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. There’s only two books I’ve ever read that made me laugh so hard I snotted, and looked like I was asphyxiating, and they are books 1 and two on this list. Reading Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, I was at work, in a room all by myself, and laughing so hard I was sobbing… not a lie.
by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen
Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody – absolutely nobody! – can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.
Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor, and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.
But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?
If MaEatDG is my second favorite comedy, then Good Dog has my second favorite comedian. Blake Riley is second, only to Gus, in the competition of hilarity!! Gus has this whole dry, serious, humor where Blake has the off the wall, good ole book, humor. He’s one of my all time favorite characters, and one of the funniest.
Storm and Silence
by Robert Thier
Freedom—that is what Lilly Linton wants most in life. Not marriage, not a brood of squalling brats, and certainly not love, thank you very much!
But freedom is a rare commodity in 19th-century London, where girls are expected to spend their lives sitting at home, fully occupied with looking pretty. Lilly is at her wits’ end—until a chance encounter with a dark, dangerous and powerful stranger changes her life forever…
Enter the world of Mr Rikkard Ambrose, where the only rule is: Knowledge is power is time is money!
Ready? If Good Boy has the second best comedian, then Storm and Silence is the second best Romantic Comedy. The hilarious contention between Ambrose and Lily had me rolling! Lily is thee most headstrong historical heroine I’ve ever read, and it should bother me. It doesn’t! She’s an amazing character, and every inch fit to go up against someone as dynamic as Rikkard Ambrose.
Leo Loves Aries
by Anyta Sunday
A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.
Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…
Well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the Bright Future.
When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo’s ex economics tutor and newest roommate Mr. Jamie Cooper seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient.
All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be The One for her, and the friend for him.
But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store…
Oh, if only I had some way of tying this book to the others. Unfortunately I don’t. Instead, I chose this one specifically for Theo Wallace. His level of cluelessness astounded me, in the best possible way. I found myself laughing in shock repeatedly, and it made Theo so damn adorable. I think his cluelessness made us love him, right as Jamie fell for him too.