Amazon Charts to Challenge NY Times Bestseller List

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For the last ninety years the phrase ‘New York Times Bestseller’ has been the benchmark for quality literature. The New York Times Bestseller list has for a long time been the ultimate seal of approval to sell books, but there’s a pretender to the throne from Amazon! Read More

Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist Revealed for 2017

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The shortlist for the Old Peculier Theakston Crime Novel of the year was announced yesterday, reducing the original longlist down to six fantastic crime novels, all worthy winners of the award.

The shortlist contains some well known names in the crime genre, such as Val McDermid and Chris Brookmyre, who have both been nominated in previous years, and some newer authors you may not have heard of. Read More

Weird Books for Strange Folks

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It is said you can tell a lot about a person by the choice of books they read, and seeing as though you are here to peruse this freakish list, I can only imagine what sort of strange and wonderful person you are.

I am imagining some sort of bookish Gomez or Morticia Addams….

If you love a good spooky story, or are fascinated by the strange real-life events that have occurred throughout history, this is the list for you. From freak-shows or taxidermy, to hauntings or crematorium goings on, we have something for every weirdo here.

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The Reading List of Daria Morgendorffer

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In the mid-1990s, thanks to Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butthead series, Daria Morgendorffer gained her own spin-off show. Beginning in 1997, Daria’s acerbic wit and relatable misanthropy graced our screens, giving smart and oft-misunderstood teenage girls a role model at last.

The series was created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn for MTV, and satirised US high school life and suburban America, as well as biting commentary about popular culture, societal expectations and pressures, and social class. It spoke to many of us who were teens during those years, especially those who could understand Daria’s need for something more than this strange and superficial world we were born into.

Daria often buried her self in a book (we here at Reading Addicts can all relate to that!) and the books she read were mostly high-brow, darkly themed, or classic literature. She was actually a pretty wonderful role model to have!
Thanks to multiple nerdy blogsters in the World Wide Web we now have a comprehensive list of all the books Daria read or referenced in her 5 years on television. Find them below, along with links beside them to purchase a copy for yourself if you are missing it from you collection.

Can you match Daria book-for-book?

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The Legacy of Comic Book Legend Leo Baxendale

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For many children a comic book is one of the first pieces of literature they buy for themselves, and one of the starting blocks to encouraging a love of reading for pleasure. For British children, Leo Baxendale was the man who made much of this possible with his creations of The Beano, Minnie the Minx, Willy the Kid, and The Bash Street Kids (formerly “When The Bell Rings).

Sadly Leo passed away in April 2017, aged 86, but has left behind him a legacy of legendary characters still in comic book circulation today. I, personally, owe him a debt of gratitude for my first heroine of literature I looked up to: Minnie the Minx, a violent, rebel girl who hated snobby parents and boring kids.

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Book Adaptations Released in May 2017

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Film adaptations are filling the cinemas this year, from classics to modern fiction, there will be something for everyone. A host of stars are putting their names to these popular works of fiction to help bring them to the big screen, and we hope they do them justice!

There are four film adaptations coming up in May 2017, from a classic Daphne Du Maurier, to Nicola Yoon’s 2015 book Everything Everything. Check out the selection below.

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Thirteen-Year-Old Pakistani Girl Is on a Quest to Read One Book from Every Country

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13-year-old Aisha Esbhani, from Karachi, Pakistan, decided a year ago that her bookshelf was made up almost entirely of authors from either Britain or North America. Feeling like she was missing out, Aisha set herself the challenge of reading at least one book from every country (as well as some extra territories). In order to get suggestions, Aisha has set up her own Facebook page where people from around the globe can come and recommend different books.

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9 Things You May Not Know About The Outsiders

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The Outsiders was written by S.E Hinton when she was only 15 years old, and was published on April 24th in 1967 when Hinton was 18. It is a coming-of-age novel still loved and read today, and even studied in many US American classrooms because of its challenging themes. The themes of violence, gangs, dysfunctional families, and underage smoking and drinking also proved a little too controversial for some authorities who called for the book to be banned.

Another reason for its popularity was thanks to the 1983 film of the same name, based on the book, and directed by film legend Francis Ford Coppola. The movie starred Emilio Estevez, C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, and Patrick Swayze, among other (gorgeous) famous faces.

The film was well-received by fans and critics alike, however many were a little annoyed by missing details and slight changes to the book. In 2005 Francis Ford Coppola re-released a longer, uncut version of the film which included deleted scenes that made the film more true to the book, something that should please many fans of the original story.

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