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Initial post: 9 May 2013 21:18:51 BDT
When I read I tend to go through many emotions; I laugh, I cry, I want to scream, or roll my eyes.
While this is a good thing (I believe), it can be rather embarrassing if you're sitting on the Tube or in other public places and encounter a scene that has tears shooting into your eyes, resulting in repeated blinking; even worse when you burst out with laughter and people give you the funny looks.

Which books have recently embarrassed you? And where?

I blinked heavily on the Tube when reading You Had Me At Hello

Posted on 9 May 2013 21:26:59 BDT
gille liath says:
Not a book but - as it's you - I have to admit the new Robinson's squash ad made me come over all emotional.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2013 21:32:49 BDT
TomC says:
The last I can remember was this one:

The Timewaster Letters

It's a series of letters written to various organizations with the object of winding them up. The letter to a publisher of romantic fiction insisting that there is a vast untapped market for love stories written in binary code, and the noble efforts by the editor to remain courteous and professional in her responses, had me creased up on one occasion.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2013 21:39:56 BDT
That looks good, Tom. The fact that even the "Look Inside" had me laughing is a very good sign!

It's already in my Wishlist! Thanks for the heads-up.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2013 22:01:43 BDT
Gille, you little charmer. And thanks for the giggle. I'm a soppy sod and even cry at washing powder ads. (I swear.)

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2013 22:03:07 BDT
Yep, sounds like a good book to pick you up when you're low. Guess it's going on my wishlist, too. I've had a lot of fun reading query shark's site or similar ones. The comments are just hilarious.

Posted on 10 May 2013 11:24:28 BDT
Good grief, yes. My most embarrassing moments on the tube are when I am laughing away at a funny book. I have to close it because I know I am getting funny looks.

Posted on 10 May 2013 11:39:22 BDT
Kim says:
Terry Pratchett, I've laughed out loud in a public place too often!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2013 20:43:25 BDT
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LEP says:
Lots of books have made me laugh out loud and keep giggling. However, it was a Leslie Thomas book that had me roaring with laughter in the library just as another customer came in. Years ago in my late teens and early twenties I worked in public libraries and the branch I worked in also ran two little sub-libraries. We assistants took it in turns to go out and man these little libraries, usually by ourselves. Once we'd worked through the daily tasks of tidying the shelves and anything else needed, we would pick a book and read some of it in between customers. I picked this Leslie Thomas book and was rolling around laughing as a customer walked in. Unfortunately, I can't remember the title now, but can remember the incident in the book that set me off.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2013 21:13:39 BDT
TomC says:
I read quite a few of Leslie Thomas' books at one time. Thoroughly enjoyable. What was the incident, or would you rather not say?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2013 21:23:29 BDT
But that's hilarious. It's probably like one of those laughing fits where you can't stop. No matter how much you try. You may manage for a few seconds, or even minutes and then burst out again. Gosh, they're so exhausting, but also satisfying at the same time.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2013 22:46:54 BDT
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LEP says:
Well Tom, let me try and put it politely so Amazon don't ban me, LOL. It was something to do with being set in a tropical land and one of the men visits the wife of one of the ex-pats (I think she's married) and things turn amorous. She persuades him to let her try a local stimulant on his private part, which allows for a longer errection. Unfortunately, this thing sets like plaster of paris and of course they are interrupted mid........ The poor soul has to try and dress quickly, but can't because of his sticky out thingy and he's desperately trying to get the stuff off and can't. You have to read it really to appreciate it!

Posted on 11 May 2013 11:46:17 BDT
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Metroland, by Julian Barnes. The book was so awful I squeezed my way across a crowded train in order to find a window, open it, and hurl the book straight out.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2013 14:02:39 BDT
:-)

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Posted on 11 May 2013 15:47:07 BDT
Well, it was just a matter of time until an author had to come and plug her book.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2013 17:20:24 BDT
What a shame that, as a professional writer and editor, the punctuation on her web page is so poor.

Posted on 11 May 2013 18:24:30 BDT
I nearly screamed with laughter and snorted at the same time on the bus on the way to work one morning reading the beginning of Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre. I was sitting next to an old lady so tried very hard not to make any noise but it was painful trying to hold it in! I think I just ended up shaking silently and my eyes leaked. She must've thought I was a bit crazy.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2013 21:19:08 BDT
The title alone is intriguing. May need to take a look. Thank you. :-)

Posted on 11 May 2013 21:20:02 BDT
I can't read Hitchhiker's Guide in public....I laugh and giggle like an idiot.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2013 21:20:09 BDT
So is mine. :-) But then I never said I edit for grammar.

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