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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Gloria Steinem, Activist, Author, Kick Ass Feminist

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Gloria Steinem (March 25th 1934) is an American icon, feminist, journalist and social political activist who became recognised as the leader of the American feminist movement in the late 1960s…

10 Slytherin Tattoos for the Dedicated Deatheater

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The Sorting Hat has figured you out and decided you belong to the House of Salazar Slytherin, the most cunning and ambitious of the Hogwarts founders. In this devious and…

‘Storybook Dads’ keeps prisoners and children connected

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'Storybook Dads' is an initiative started in Devon, UK to help connect prisoners with their children. In 2002, Sharon Berry worked as a volunteer at HMP Channings Wood where she…

Word of the Day – Chide

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Chide (verb) ch-aid Scold or rebuke Old English cīdan, of unknown origin. (more…)

Winners of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019 Announced

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Last month we brought you the shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019, and what a worthy list it was. The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is an annual award…

Word of the Day – Shambles

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Shambles (noun) ped-a-goj-ik-al A state of total disorder. A butcher's slaughterhouse (archaic except in place names) (more…)

The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1938

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and we’re well into the…

Quiz – A-Z What’s in a Name?

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26 questions all about names from literature.   (more…)

TV Adaptation of The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister Coming to HBO

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Anne Lister's de-coded diaries have been adapted to screen once more but this time by the combined forces of HBO and the BBC. Written by BAFTA award winning Sally Wainwright,…

Word of the Day – Bereft

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Bereft (adj) ber-eft Deprived of or lacking (something) (of a person) sad and lonely, especially through someone's death or departure. Late 16th century: archaic past participle of bereave. (more…)

New York Public Library to Open its First Permanent Exhibition Thanks to Polonsky Foundation

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After a $12 million gift from Dr. Leonard Polonsky CBE and the Polonsky Foundation, the New York Public Library is to open its first permanent exhibition in 2020. The exhibition…

JM Barrie Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Philip Pullman

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This year's annual JM Barrie award, which is used to recognise a “lifetime’s achievement in delighting children,” has been awarded to His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman. The prize is…

Word of the Day – Cogitate

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Cogitate (adj) koj-i-tayt Think deeply about something; meditate or reflect. Late 16th century: from Latin cogitat- ‘considered’, from the verb cogitare, from co- ‘together’ + agitare ‘turn over, consider’. (more…)

Quiz! Women in History

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To help celebrate Women’s History Month, this quiz focuses on novels written about the lives of real women in history.   (more…)

The House That Inspired Wuthering Heights Is on the Market

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Fans of Emily Brontë's novel Wuthering Heights will be interested to learn that the house that helped inspire the story is now on the market. The 17th century property is…

If Lord of the Rings characters were Zodiac Signs…

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The Zodiac consists of 12 signs, each with particular characteristics assigned for people born at specific times of the year. For centuries now, each month-long period has had its own…

Word of the Day – Careen

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Careen (verb) ka-reen (of a ship) tilt; lean over. Move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way. Late 16th century (as a noun denoting the position of a careened ship): from…

Florida Looks to Pass Bill That Would Make Banning Books Easier

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Some lawmakers in Florida are working to pass a bill that would make banning certain books in Florida public schools easier. Florida representative Mark Hill filed HB55 back in February,…

Word of the Day – Jotun

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Jotun (noun) jo-tun (Scandinavian Mythology)A member of the race of giants, enemies of the gods. From Old Norse jǫtunn, related to Old English eoten, of Germanic origin. (more…)

Five Brilliant Books by Irving Wallace

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Irving Wallace (March 19, 1916 – June 29, 1990) was an American bestselling author and screenwriter, best known for his heavily researched novels, many with a sexual theme. Born in…