Kath’s Blog

For Reading Addicts has more to offer than just your run of the mill book reviews, I love to give our readers a bit more to get their proverbial teeth into! While I used to run FRA alone, we now have lots of enthusiastic literature lovers to help. As well as in the blog and pages sections, you’ll find us around our social media pages too so please try and remember we are people too, not just words on a screen.

It is on this page that you will find a whole plethora of interesting articles from the polls that require your input to a Word of the Day. In amongst the pages here you will find ‘me’ and hopefully, with your continued support – ‘you’ too.

My only sadness about the pages of Kath’s blog is that each new post does not have the same unmistakeable aroma of a new book, that you cannot feel the pages but rest assured, as much heart and soul has gone into these pages as a newly published novel.

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Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ is Barnes and Nobles’ Fastest-Selling Book of 2018

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Released a week ago today, Michelle Obama's latest book Becoming has become Barnes and Nobles' fastest-selling book in terms of first week sales. The book has enjoyed the most successful…

Quiz – Months – November

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18 questions about books with a November theme.   (more…)

Word of the Day – Premonish

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Premonish (verb) (rare) pree-mon-ish Inform (someone) of a possible future danger or problem; forewarn. Mid 16th century: from Latin praemonere ‘forewarn’ with the ending altered after the pattern of admonish.…

18th Century Teen’s Schoolbook Doodles Discovered

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Doodles, scribbles, and mini works of fine art got many of us through our teen years at school- I personally preferred drawing spiderwebs in the corners of every page- and…

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author Discusses Future Books, Fame, and Getting Kids Away From Screens

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Jeff Kinney is one of the world's most successful children's authors of all time and his Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have sold over 200 million copies. The author…

Bloomsbury to Publish Anne Frank Collection Next Year

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Next year, on what would've marked Anne Frank's 90th birthday, Bloomsbury Continuum will be publishing Anne Frank: The Collected Works. The collection has been described by the publisher as "an…

Word of the Day – Pedagogical

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Pedagogical (adj) ped-a-goj-ik-al Relating to teaching. From Latin (more…)

The Literary and Film World Pay Tribute to William Goldman

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This week the tragic news of William Goldman’s death reached us, author of the Princess Bride among many other screenplays, adaptations, and novels. We paid tribute to Goldman in this…

Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2018

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The Books are My Bag Readers Awards are back for a third year, offering their own unique award system. The Awards really are one of a kind, the only book…

Word of the Day – Excogitate

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Excogitate (verb) ex-coj-it-ayt Think out, plan, or devise. Early 16th century: from Latin excogitat- ‘found by process of thought’, from the verb excogitare, from ex- ‘out’ + cogitare ‘think’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Fuliginous

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Fuliginous (adj) fool-ij-in-us (literary) Sooty; Dusky Late 16th century (originally describing a vapour as ‘thick and noxious’): from late Latin fuliginosus, from fuligo, fuligin- ‘soot’. (more…)

Oprah’s Book Club Recommends Michelle Obama Memoir

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Oprah has made Becoming by Michelle Obama the latest edition to her book club. Released November 2018, Michelle Obama's memoir follows her life “from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago…

New Teaser Out for New Niantic Wizards Unite Game

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It’s almost a year to the day since we brought you the news that Niantic are working on a Pokemon Go style game for Harry Potter fans. The game, Wizards…

Remembering William Goldman, creator of the Princess Bride

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William Goldman is probably best known as a screenwriter, he brought to the big screen many movies including The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Misery and All…

Du Maurier’s Rebecca is coming to Netflix

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Daphne Du Maurier's classic novel Rebecca is coming to Netflix soon thanks to Working Title films. Armie Hammer and Lily James have been named as the stars of the show with both…

Montreal Libraries Introduce Bicycle Desks

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For some, the idea of sitting still for long periods of time with a good book is hard to beat, but for others, particularly children, it can be extremely difficult…

National Book Award Winners 2018

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Calling all book clubs, and those who like to chase award winning books. The National Book Award Winners 2018 were announced this week at a ceremony in New Year City…

Word of the Day – Connive

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Connive (verb) kon-aiv Secretly allow (something immoral, illegal, or harmful) to occur. Conspire to do something immoral, illegal, or harmful. Early 17th century: from French conniver or Latin connivere ‘shut…

5 Children’s Books with a Transgender Theme

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From 12th to 19th November it’s Transgender Awareness Week and with some governments pushing back against the trans movement and trying to lock down gender in laws, it’s never been…

Irvine Welsh Wades in on Brexit and US Politics in His Own Unique Voice

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Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting and many other gritty Scottish tomes is a regular on Twitter and can often be found wading in on the issues of the day. The…