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What Book Were You Embarrassed to Read in Public?

You can remove the cover. Hide it in another book. You could never leave your house with it, or never actually buy it from the bookstore (i.e., read there, not steal!). There are plenty of options when you're too embarrassed to be seen in public with a literary pal besides not reading it, though that's one too.

It could be because it's too young, like when you're getting nostalgic with a YA novel, or because it's an embarrassing self-help book, or just something so popular or cliche you don't want to be seen with your face in it. Whether or not it stopped you from reading it, what book did you think twice about before picking up?

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RedVixxen RedVixxen 6 years
The Twilight series stayed hidden in my bag in public, but I rushed through it at home. And, on the occasion I pick up a self-help book, I'm usually embarrassed for people to see it. Once I pick out which Ereader I'd like, I'll be able to pull off reading anything though!
Vampyre Vampyre 6 years
The later books in the Anita Blake series. The later books became quite pornographic (which is why I stopped reading the series), and I always felt like somebody would recognise the book and know that I was basically reading porn. Not to mention the covers themselves began to have a softcore porn look to them, with half-naked women and whips and chains on them.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 6 years
Wander Women: How High-Acheiving Women Find Contentment and Direction. (It's a really good book, however!) Also on my first date with my future husband I forgot to hide Are Men Necessary? by Maureen Dowd. Turns out he had it too=fate:)
gingirl gingirl 6 years
I actually wasn't embarrassed to read the Twilight series in public. Mostly because when the books came out, I was working in a library. So every time a new one came out, we were all reading it! Gotta keep up with what's new. But honestly, every once in a while, I like to pick up one of those romance novels. You guys know the ones! With the highlander on the cover or whatever. The mood strikes me VERY infrequently, and it's usually cause I want a quick, amusing read. (and you know they're amusing; just reading the dialog makes me LOL) But the covers can be so....horrible. So embarrassing. I try to hide those covers as much as possible. A lot of the chick lit ones too.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
Stuck Rubber Baby. Great graphic novel about a young gay man during the civil rights movement, but it's comic-like and has plenty of pages where gay sex is depicted. I can take it just fine, but I was afraid people would think I'm reading one of those gay porn cartoon things. Ya.... I read that one away from people!
Carri Carri 6 years
I took a Western Civ class in college and we had to read a book on Hitler. During a break, I flew up to Idaho to visit family and brought the book so I could read it on the plane. Mistake. Trust me, I didn't want to read it.
hibiscus96818 hibiscus96818 6 years
Twilight was the only series I was embarrassed to read in public. I was living in a house full of women who were addicted so I read the books to understand what they were talking about. Not my style of reading, at all! And now this hype with the movies...GEEZ!
hbrown12 hbrown12 6 years
I was embarrassed to read Eat, Pray, Love in public, especially since the movie just came out.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
Yep, definitely left the Twilight series at home as well. Breaking Dawn, especially. Yeesh...I wish I could erase that story from my memory...
Kristen-Hawley Kristen-Hawley 6 years
Eat, Pray, Love when it came out a few years ago. I was living in New York and 90 percent of women on the subway were reading it at the time... I had to see what all the hype was about. I didn't finish it.
Blue24 Blue24 6 years
I wouldn't say I was embarrassed but I sure wished nobody would look over my shoulder when I was reading Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer" on the bus recently! I swear that every time I happened to read it on my commute it was time for the steamiest fragments of the book!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
"The Ethical Slut" by Dossie Easton and Catherine A. Liszt. It's sort of a self help book, and it's on a topic that strangers don't need to know about. If there's something I'd be embarrassed to read in public, I simply don't read it. I have better things to do with my time.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
I pick up random books at the book store all the time and some of them have weird and risky covers. They are usually just chick lit but one was a picture of cleavage and it was weird when people would catch me reading it (I removed the cover once I realized!). I also would never have brought Twilight on the bus, and I was kinda embarassed the other day to buy the Lauren Conrad books because I had to walk into the young adult section to find them.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
Bonk by Mary Roach. It's a book about science experiments pertaining to sex.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 6 years
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 6 years
Not a book, but I'm always embarrassed to read Martha Stewart Weddings in public. I'm single and not dating anyone, but I love reading it for all the fabulous party ideas.
rach716 rach716 6 years
I would have been embarrassed about Twilight but luckily I have a nook so I was able to hide it :)
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