T5W: The Late April Fools Topic

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and now hosted by Sam (thoughtsontomes). This post will be about characters who love jokes, pranks or are just really funny.

In honor of April Fools (a bit late but hey, I don’t control when Wednesdays fall), talk about your favorite jokesters, pranksters, and funny characters.

Clara Shin


The first character I thought of when I saw this topic was the main character of The Way You Make Me Feel, Clara Shin. She’s a Korean-American girl who loves pranks, but after one of them goes too far (she starts a fire without meaning to) she’s forced to spend the summer working in the KoBra, her dad’s food truck. She’s very immature at the beginning of the book, but I never found her too irritating – I understood her, and I loved both her narration (I found her really funny at times) and her character arc.

Nikolai Lantsov


If we’re talking about funny characters, I have to talk about Nikolai Lantsov from The Grisha. Last T5W I said that Baghra has some of the best lines in the trilogy; almost all the other ones are Nikolai’s. But he’s not here just to deliver great one-liners, he’s also one of the very few characters on the “good” side who actually understand politics.
An honorable mention goes to Koya, the main character of The Too-Clever Fox (in The Language of Thorns); Nikolai got one of his many names from that story.



One of my many problems with fae books is that they take the fae too seriously – they’re dangerous, they’re immortal, they’re really good looking, I get it, but it’s boring anyway. An Enchantment of Ravens doesn’t do that. Rook is flawed, he’s not invincible, but he’s hilarious. I love him because of this – I’m tired of perfect brooding love interests, give me the messy ones who get into fights with teapots.

The Entire Shuos Faction


Most in-text jokes in Machineries of Empire are at the expense of the Kel (military faction), who are stereotyped as just not that smart, but I think the existence itself of the Shuos faction (intelligence) is a joke. I mean, it’s said that they’re not running the Hexarchate just because they’re too busy backstabbing each other to do anything actually useful. I love all of them, they’re horrible (and funny).
Also, it’s implied that Shuos Academy is basically prankland, so it’s perfect for this topic.



If we want to talk about who gets the best lines, Calixte is my pick for Strange the Dreamer – and not only the funny ones (she has many of them, and a very peculiar backstory), the “Dream me something beautiful and full of monsters. […] All best stories are” part is also hers. She’s just a minor character, the plot wouldn’t change much without her, but almost all her scenes made me laugh. Also, she’s in an f/f relationship and I love her.

Who are your favorite funny characters/books?

9 thoughts on “T5W: The Late April Fools Topic

  1. “Give me the messy ones who get into fights with teapots” – that’s hilarious! I’m so glad to see you enjoyed The Way You Make Me Feel, that makes me even more excited to read it 🙂 And please stop making me want to re-read the Grisha trilogy, I don’t have time to re-read – I have a looming tbr pile to get through!

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    1. The Way You Make Me Feel is a very cute summer-y read and one of the best contemporary books I’ve found in a while; I hope you like it too!
      About the Grisha, I want to reread it (and Six of Crows), but I know I won’t anytime soon because I, too, have no time and an evil TBR. I hope to get to it before King of Scars happens.


    1. The Nikolai hype is there for a reason! He’s probably the only character from the series who is not polarizing. And Rook! Why have a comic relief when you can have a love interest who is genuinely funny?

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