Happy April Fool's Day! I'll come clean, April Fool's Day hasn't been a holiday I am the biggest fan of because people can be crazy and go overboard. However, I love to read books with prankster and comical characters so I thought it would be fun to have a tag talking about those characters and the books that make us laugh until we cry. Please tell me in the comments if you end up doing this tag! Let's celebrate those prankster and hilarious characters and books we love so much.
April Fool's Day Book Tag
(created by Heather's Reading Hideaway)
A character that is a total prankster.
I have two for this answer, and honestly I assume that this answer will be a popular one. Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series are the ultimate pranksters. They're constantly pulling pranks on their brothers, parents, other Hogwarts students and teachers, and even Dudley Dursley. They even set up a shop dedicated to helping people prank others and used the first years at Hogwarts as guinea pigs to test out their products. I love them so much.
A character that pretends to be something (or someone) they're not.
For a book I've already read my answer is Alanna from the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce. Alanna is pretending to be a boy so she can train to be a knight. I have only read the first two of the series, but I really loved them and hope to finish the series soon. However, I know this book isn't out yet, but I am really excited to read Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh which has been described as a young adult fantasy Mulan where the main character has to pretend to be a boy in order to defeat a group called the Black Clan who want her dead. That alone has me so pumped for this book.
A untrustworthy character or narrative.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. Adam Silvera has such talent for giving the reader just a little bit of information at a time as the story progresses that has us trying to piece the puzzles together. He did it in More Happy Than Not and he also did it with History is All You Left Me. However, I think with More Happy Than Not, the main character, Aaron is more of an untrustworthy character than Griffin from History is All You Left Me. I don't want to say much more than that because of spoilers.
A character that could use some more fun or laughter in their lives.
Conor from A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Now, during the story itself Conor is going through some serious stuff when it comes to his mother's cancer. The book is heavy and revolves around her cancer and Conor's acceptance of what it means. It's one of my favorite books, however, I can't help but hope that after the events in the book occur that Conor learns to have fun again. The poor kid was going though so many very heavy and sad problems that you never see him be a fun kid for a moment. He had the weight of his mother's illness on his shoulders the entire book. I hope he was able to grieve and do kid things again.
A character that is good at making people believe ridiculous stories.
Count Olaf from the A Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket. I know it's because so many of the adults were written as complete morons in this series but Olaf was really good at convincing people to believe his insane stories and disguises. I'd admit that it was almost impressive if it wasn't so infuriating to read.
Your favorite parody book.
I don't read many parody books. I know there are a lot of them out there involving Twilight (I believe I've read one, but I don't remember much), Harry Potter, and other popular books. The one I want to use as my answer is You Suck by Christopher Moore. I picked this vampire parody book up randomly because I was in a bookstore when I was around fifteen and my mom told me I had only ten minutes to pick out a book. So I grabbed something on a whim and I absolutely loved it. Turns out that You Suck is actually a sequel (I have never read the first book) which actually makes sense since you're thrown into the story. However I still love it and it's one of my go to funny books to read when I am bummed.
A book that took you by surprise.
Room by Emma Donoghue. I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book. I knew it was becoming a movie and that everyone who read it was raving about it. Which meant I had to read it. I steered clear of any movie trailers or even the summary of the book because I was told that it was best to go in blindly and I am so excited that is what I did. This book is such a roller-coaster of emotions and I think it deserved all the hype.
A book that always makes you laugh.
I tend to read a lot of books that have funny dialogue/characters but wouldn't be classified as comedy. However, one autobiographical book that had me laughing so hard was Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (review here). I am a moderate fan of Anna Kendrick. I like her acting, her humor on Twitter, and we are both from Maine. But I am not a super mega awesome fan, I haven't seen enough of her movies to put myself in that kind of category. But her book was just great. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time while reading a autobiography. Another non-fiction book that had me laughing was How to Fight Presidents by Daniel O'Brien which is a book of information about the majority of the presidents but also how Dan O'Brien would fight them. It's great. A fiction book that has me always laughing (besides the book I previously mentioned, You Suck) I would have to say I'm really loving the dialogue between the characters in the Mortal Instruments series.