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Octavia E. Butler: Quotes on Writing

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Octavia E. Butler was an American science fiction writer born on 22nd June 1947, an only child. The loss of her father when she was 7 meant that Butler was raised by her mother and maternal grandmother in what she would go on to recall as a strict Baptist environment.

From an early age Butler suffered from crippling shyness making her awkward, as a result she passed her time reading at the Pasadena Central Library, and writing realms and realms of pages in her ‘big pink notebook’. It will come as no surprise to her fans to learn that she quickly evolved from reading fairy tales to reading science fiction magazines. Read More

Prison Book Club – The Books of OITNB Season 5

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The Prison Book club has become a bit of a For Reading Addicts tradition and we’ve had one for every season since the first. Books have traditionally always been a major part of the show, but season 5 saw a distinct change of pace!

I’m not going to review the season, but I will say it needed more books! Even the book mentions that did take place felt a little slotted in and unnatural to the show. With the tragedy of the librarian, Poussey’s death at the end of Season 4, maybe this was inevitable, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of this season overall. Read More

Word of the Day – Gossamer

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Gossamer (noun)

goss-u-mah

A fine, filmy substance consisting of cobwebs spun by small spiders, seen especially in autumn. Or, a light, thin, and insubstantial or delicate material or substance.

apparently from goose + summer, perhaps from the time of year around St Martin’s summer, i.e. early November, when geese were eaten

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50 Children’s Books All Adults Should Read

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For our latest on site poll we quizzed you for some recommendations on children’s books that have a good message for adults too. We counted almost a thousand replies and from those we have a list of 50 children’s books all adults should read.

Of course we don’t want to dictate what you should read, but from your votes we have a list of fifty children’s books that you recommended! We’re sure many of you will have your own suggestions too, feel free to add them in the comments. Read More