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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John Boyne mistakenly includes video game references in historical novel

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John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) has included some strange references in his latest novel A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom.  Twitter regular and fellow writer, Dana Schwartz, showed…

Quiz – Genres Timeline Historical Fiction

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A new series. Each quiz focuses on a specific genre with the questions in date order – a kind of potted history genre by genre.   (more…)

Word of the Day – Chypre

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Chypre (noun) sheep-re A heady perfume made from Sandalwood. Late 19th century from French, literally ‘Cyprus’, perhaps where it was first made. (more…)

The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 2005

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We're moving along now and we're starting to get close to what will be the…

Irenosen Okojie wins AKO Caine Prize with ‘radical’ and ‘risky’ story.

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Irenosen Okojie has been announced as the winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story about a Grace Jones impersonator with a dark secret.…

Word of the Day – Guddle

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Guddle (verb) (Scots) gud-l To fish with the hands by groping under stones or at the bank of a stream. Mid 17th century of unknown origin. (more…)

8 Dramatic Novels Hitting the Shelves this August (2020)

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There's no denying this year has been all kinds of weird, and quite frankly it's taken some good books to get me through. But as crazy as it's been, the…

Booker Prize Longlist 2020 Revealed

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The Booker Prize has been around since 1969 and its annual longlist is taken from hundreds of English-language novels published in the UK and Ireland. 2020 chair of judges, Margaret…

Word of the Day – Bonobo

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Bonobo (adj) bon-o-bo A chimpanzee with a black face and black hair, found in the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire). It is believed to be the closest…

Oscar Winner Matthew Mcconaughey to Publish His First Book

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Matthew McConaughey has starred in plenty of critically acclaimed films and TV series, from True Detective, Interstellar, and The Wolf of Wall Street. In 2014 we won an Oscar for…

Quiz – Genres Timeline Fantasy

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A new series. Each quiz focuses on a specific genre with the questions in date order – a kind of potted history genre by genre.   (more…)

Word of the Day – Moonlighting

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Moonlighting (verb) moon-lie-ting Have a second job, typically secretly and at night, in addition to one's regular employment. From working at night, by moonlight (more…)

Elton John Sued for £3 Million Over ‘Me’ Autobiography

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2019 was a great year for music icon Eton John. Not only did we see the release of the critically acclaimed biopic Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton as the famed musician,…

Word of the Day – Hallion

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Hallion (noun) (Scots/Irish) hal-ee-un A worthless or contemptible person. Late 18th century origin uncertain. (more…)

Quiz – Genres Timeline Epistolary Literature

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A new series. Each quiz focuses on a specific genre with the questions in date order – a kind of potted history genre by genre. (more…)
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Guillermo De Toro wants to create a multi-episode Frankenstein saga

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Adaptations of classic books have been recently on the rise. Elizabeth Banks directs The Invisible Woman, Ryan Gosling is set to star in The Wolfman, and Karyn Kusama is bringing…

Word of the Day – Cotillion

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Cotillion (noun) kot-il-ee-on An elaborate 18th-century French dance based on the contredanse. Early 18th century from French cotillon, literally ‘petticoat dance’, diminutive of cotte, from Old French cote. (more…)

Last Year, George R.R. Martin Joked We Could Imprison Him If ‘The Winds of Winter’ Wasn’t Finished by Now…

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Following the hit adaptation Game of Thrones by HBO, George R.R. Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire has become a household name in the fiction genre. The…

Word of the Day – Cumber

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Cumber (verb) kum-ber (dated) Hamper or hinder. Middle English (in the sense ‘overthrow, destroy’): probably from encumber. (more…)

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20 – August 2020

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It's a new month,and that means it's time to see what you've all been reading as we collate the For Reading Addicts Top 20, chosen by you. That means we've…