Jokes to Make a Reading Addict Smile

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All Reading Addicts need a bit of a laugh now and again so we have scoured the internet for some of the best literary puns, bookish jokes, and wordy funnies around. A little bit of fun wordplay can brighten up even the dullest days for many readers and writers, especially when it is particularly clever… Or particularly daft.

We hope to make you giggle, groan, and guffaw!

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Gaiman Announces A Possible New Book

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Neil Gaiman is one of our favourite authors here at Reading Addicts HQ, we are still trying to scrape Shan off the ceiling after her Twitter Q&A with him in 2016!

We are very excited to hear he has another novel in the pipeline. February 2017 saw Neil Gaiman confirm his current project at London’s Southbank Centre; his announcement of being “three chapters in…” was met with rapturous applause from the audience there. Read More

Children’s Book Award Shortlist 2017 Announced

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The Shortlist for the 2017 Children’s Book Awards was announced this morning and is the only National Award for children’s book voted for entirely by children. It’s a great place to get recommendations, and winning is a fantastic accolade.

Categories for the award are split into Books for Younger Children, Books for Younger Readers, Books for Older Readers, plus an overall Book of the Year Winner. Children can vote now and have until 17th May to do so, and the shortlisted books are here!


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5 Truly Awful Book Covers.

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Never judge a book by its cover

How many times do we hear this piece of advice, or even offer it up when recommending a piece of literature that we have adored but that may be let down or perhaps be unfairly represented by the cover within which the tale is encased? Film tie in covers are abhorrent things that should be banned immediately in my opinion, their gaudy photographic covers depicting the worst representations of the literary characters that live on the pages of the book inside may not change the story inside but it definitely affects the way that I picture the characters’ physical traits. Read More

Richard Burton Reads Under Milk Wood.

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Many would agree that Richard Burton had a voice like warm honey… It lent itself so well to the poetry of Welsh wordsmith, Dylan Thomas that his readings have inspired artists and animators to put images to the words. Katie Markwick produced this animation during her studies at university, and we here at For Reading Addicts love it! It is an edited version of a part of the play, but gives a wonderful feel for the tone of Thomas’s work.

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Word of the Day – Yomp

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Yomp (noun)


A march with heavy equipment over difficult terrain: To walk quickly and energetically, usually while carrying a heavy load.

1980s: of unknown origin. The word came into prominence when used by the Royal Marines during the Falklands War of 1982.

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Read Your Way Around the Muslim Ban Countries

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PotUS 45’s current travel restrictions, dubbed the ‘Muslim travel ban’ have been little out of the news all week as restrictions are put on all travellers, as opposed to those involved in criminality. If you’re outraged by this movement that has left both foreign travellers and Green Card holders stranded, then you may be looking to show some support, and as always we’re doing that in a bookish way, recommending authors from the Muslim ban countries. Read More

If Ice Cream Flavours Were Inspired by Literature…

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This week we have been inspired by some of Ben and Jerry’s pun-filled ice cream flavours such as ‘Oat of this World’, ‘Cherry Garcia’, and ‘Karamel Sutra’, to create a list just for you Reading Addicts.

We do love a pun, and the best puns are literary puns!
From Banana Karenina to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Marzipan, we have a flavour to suit any bookish taste!

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