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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Word of the Day – Apotropaic

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Apotropaic (adj) ap-o-trop-ay-ik Supposedly having the power to avert evil influences or bad luck. Late 19th century from Greek apotropaios ‘averting evil’, from apotrepein ‘turn away or from’ + -ic.…

Quiz: Bard Based Books

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A quiz to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday on April 23rd. 20 modern books that have been based on some of Shakespeare’s plays. Please note: the names of some plays appear more…

David Tennant to narrate Pratchett’s ‘The Carpet People’ for 50th anniversary

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David Tennant, of Doctor Who and Good Omens fame, has narrated an audio book version of Terry Pratchett's The Carpet People for its 50th anniversary. "Terry would have loved knowing that David was going to do…

Word of the Day – Parlance

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Parlance (noun) pah-lans A particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest. Late 16th century (denoting speech or debate):…

Quiz: On a Poet’s Birthday – Speak of the North! By Charlotte Brontë

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My New Year’s Resolution for 2021 is to read more poetry. So, this new series of quizzes, will take a poem by a famous poet on their birthday and ask…

Would you read a book bound with human skin?

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Books bound by human skin is a rather macabre but well-known practice through history known as anthropodermic bibliopegy. Recently, The Anthropodermic Book Project looked at 31 books in public institutions…

Word of the Day – Soubrette

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Soubrette (noun) soo-bret An actress or other female performer playing a lively, flirtatious role in a play or opera. Mid 18th century French, from Provençal soubreto, feminine of soubret ‘coy’,…

Calling all US American writers: China wants you!

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China Literature is looking to add North American writers to its Webnovel roster, with a plan to double the number of its North American writers in 2021. “We aim to grow…

Word of the Day – Phobiac

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Phobiac (noun) fo-bee-ak A person with a phobia. (more…)

Magical Harry Potter-inspired Walking Tour Celebrates Trans Lives

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Queer-owned business, Exploratorium, has launched a new, Covid-safe walking tour which is inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter and declares “magic is for all!” It celebrates the colourful…

Word of the Day – Incipient

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Incipient (adj) in-sip-ee-ent Beginning to happen or develop. Late 16th century (as a noun denoting a beginner): from Latin incipient- ‘undertaking, beginning’, from the verb incipere, from in- ‘into, towards’…

Publisher refuses to distribute book by officer who shot Breonna Taylor

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The publisher due to distribute The Fight for Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy has cancelled their involvement due to widespread criticism. Simon & Schuster who were…

Word of the Day – Theophany

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Theophany (noun) thee-of-an-ee A visible manifestation to humankind of God or a god. Old English, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek theophaneia, from theos ‘god’ + phainein ‘to show’. (more…)

American parents demand anti-racist books removed from schools

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American parents are demanding that anti-racism books are removed from schools, according to the American Library Association. The ALA's top 10 most challenged books includes many more anti-racism titles for…

Word of the Day – Undercrackers

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Undercrackers (noun) (Br/informal) un-der-crak-erz Men's underpants. (more…)

The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 2011

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We've had a bit of a pause, so sorry about that, I guess the pandemic…

JK Rowling Announces Upcoming Book, The Christmas Pig

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Fans of JK Rowling will be thrilled to hear the news that the author has written a new book for children, The Christmas Pig, and it will be released by…

Word of the Day – Vedette

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Vedette (noun) ved-et (historic) A mounted sentry positioned beyond an army's outposts to observe the movements of the enemy. A leading star of stage, screen, or television. Late 17th century…

Quiz – Spring

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20 questions on all things literary and spring-y!   (more…)

Artist draws Harry Potter scenes missing from the movies

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An artist from Orlando, Florida has drawn scenes missing from the Harry Potter movie franchise, much to the delight of Potterheads everywhere. Katie Knudson told Bored Panda: "My mother read…