Socially Awkward Penguin Books

By March 16, 2017Literature

My fellow Reading Addicts,

Have you ever felt like you just want the ground to open up and swallow you whole?

Have you made a quip that fell flat, or did something a bit odd and you weren’t quite sure why you did it?

Do you have nightmares about social gatherings and the pressures of societal norms?

Then these books are for you!

Disclaimer: unfortunately these are not real books.

I know, I wish they were too.

How many of those could you relate to, my majestically awkward readers?

Can you think of any more we have missed?

Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter!

20 Unintentional Innuendo Book Titles

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Rudyard Kipling once apparently said: “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind” and I believe this to be true. Writers create worlds with their words, sparking images in people’s minds, and inspiring others to ponder upon things they may not have done before.

Words can be a wonder.

Sometimes, however, our words can make ridiculous jokes, we can interpret things the wrong way, and laugh at images conjured where they were not intended.

This is one of those times. Welcome to the world of unintentional innuendo…

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First Full Trailer of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale Doesn’t Shy from Political Parallels

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When activists arrived at Texas Senate Chambers last week to oppose two anti-choice bills dressed in full red robes as homage to The Handmaid’s Tale it was hard not to draw parallels between the events that start the horrors in the dystopian novel, and the reality of politics right now.

If you were in any doubt then the full trailer of Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale should push that away as producers promise to bring all the gritty events in the book to life. Read More

The Perfection of the Haiku

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A three line poem consisting of 17 syllables written in a 5/7/5 syllable rhythm…what could be simpler right? Well, if it was indeed so, we would all be texting Haikus to each other as easily as we send smileys these days.

When you read a poem, you can experience it through all your senses and that is something Haiku specifically tries to do. Haiku poems are usually about nature and include vivid images portrayed through the mention of colours, seasons or animals. These season words called kigo indicate a particular time of the year. Winter may be indicated by the use of words like ‘snow’ or ‘bare tree’; Summer by references to ‘sky’ or ‘heat’. Read More

Top 50 Worst Film Adaptations According to You

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Film adaptations of our favourite books can be worrisome: will they cast the right people, will the story mirror what we have read, will they change the ending? We asked you this question- “Which book’s film adaptation would you like to see dumped in the bargain bin?” and oh boy, did you have some answers! We ended up with over 1500 votes for over 50 different adaptations which were found to rattle our Reading Addicts.

Unfortunately we couldn’t include the answer “All of them!” that some of you offered, but instead we have collected and collated all your other answers and here are the results.

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Book Shops Versus Clothes Shops

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If you’re one of those people who is filled with dread at the thought of clothes shopping, but could spend many a relaxing hour wandering around a bookshop then you might think you’re a bit odd. But you’re not alone, I love it too, and I’m sure there are many of us who feel soothed at the very act of walking through the door of a bookshop.

I hate shopping, it’s my least favourite thing in all the world, but give me a bookshop, especially a second hand one, and I could wander for hours! Read More

Howl by Allen Ginsburg (and how it was seized on grounds of obscenity)

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On 25th March, 1957 US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsburg’s poem Howl on grounds of obscenity, securing the poem’s place in cult classic history. The ensuing events saw City Lights Bookstore owner, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsburg arrested as both played the ‘I’m Spartacus’ role of both claiming to be the author. The pair were charged with disseminating obscene literature and both were arrested with a court case to follow. Read More

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