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 – Priamel

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Priamel (noun) pri-ml Originally: a type of short poem cultivated in Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries, culminating in a witty or ingenious turn of thought. Later applied to…

Quiz! Timeline (9) 1990 – 2009

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This series of quizzes began in 1830. There is a literary question for every year between 1830 and 2019. Each quiz covers two decades. Happy time travelling!   (more…)

Category Is Books: Scotland’s Only LGBTQ Bookstore

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'Category Is Books' is an LGBTQ bookstore in Glasgow, founded and run by wife-and-wife team Fionn and Charlotte Duffy. The couple hope to "create a space for the LGBTQIA+ community…

Word of the Day – Loggia

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Loggia (noun) low-ja A gallery or room with one or more open sides, especially one that forms part of a house and has one side open to the garden. Mid…

BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World: Love, Sex and Romance

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All readers know that stories have the power to change us and shape who we are, and this month the BBC has collated a list of 100 novels that shaped…

Children’s Books Teach All Ages About Brexit

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Brexit is complicated and confusing for grown ups so imagine what children must think! Two children's books have been released to help explain the ins and outs of the whole…

Word of the Day – Portcullis

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Portcullis (noun) port-kul-is A strong, heavy grating that can be lowered down grooves on each side of a gateway to block it. Middle English from Old French porte coleice ‘sliding…

BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World: Identity

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All readers know that stories have the power to change us and shape who we are, and this month the BBC has collated a list of 100 novels that shaped…

Mrs Coulter’s daemon edited to spare viewers’ blushes

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The BBC series adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy has been declared a success so far and fans have been raving on social media about the accurate representation of the…

Word of the Day – Billycock

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Billycock (noun) (historic) bil-ee-kok A type of bowler hat. Mid 19th century said to be from the name of William Coke, nephew of Thomas William Coke, Earl of Leicester (1752–1842).…

Australian School Sees Big Improvement in Students After Resurrecting Its Dying Library

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At the Caroline Chisholm Catholic College in Melbourne, Australia, the school's library was on its last legs. Usually reserved as a place for unruly students to serve their time in…

Quiz! Timeline (8) 1970 – 1989

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This series of quizzes began in 1830. There is a literary question for every year between 1830 and 2019. Each quiz covers two decades. Happy time travelling!   (more…)

Comedy Group Trolls Trump Jr. Book Title with fake book cover

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Donald Trump Jr.’s new book “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us” have been given a comedy make over. Comedy group TGL (The Good Liars)…

Word of the Day – Mollipilose

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Mollipilose (adj) (zoology) (archaic) mol-ee-pil-ose Having soft hairs; downy Mid 18th century from Latin pilosus, from pilus ‘hair’. (more…)

Michigan Woman Facing Jail Time for Overdue Library Books

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You might think that the price of overdue library books would come in the form of a fine but, one woman in Michigan, US, is facing jail time for having…

9 New Books to Read in November

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Another month has slipped by, and today (a little later than usual) we’re looking at the best new books out this November! If you’re looking for books for yourself, or…

Harry Potter Fan Transforms His Bedroom into a Hogwarts Common Room

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Harry Potter fan and barista, Brian Thompson from Thousand Oaks, California, used his DIY skills to magically transform his bedroom into a Hogwarts-inspired space. Brian’s work was created using Styrofoam…

Word of the Day – Opisthotonos

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Opisthotonos (noun) (medicine) op-is-thot-on-us Spasm of the muscles causing backward arching of the head, neck, and spine, as in severe tetanus, some kinds of meningitis, and strychnine poisoning. Mid 17th…

Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Will Focus More on Horror Than Fantasy

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Fans of Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher fantasy novels will no doubt be aware that Netflix has a TV adaptation in the works that's set to hit our screens later this…

Cornish author published books to teach kids about their genitals

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A Cornish father has created two picture books to help children' understand their genitals and open up conversations with under-10s  about their privates. Alex Waldron, from Mevagissey in Cornwall, published…