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 – Incipit

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Incipit (noun) in-sip-it The opening of a manuscript, early printed book, or chanted liturgical text. Latin, literally ‘(here) begins’. (more…)

Neil Gaiman Helps an Independent Bookshop Having a Very Rough Day

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The independent Petersfield Bookshop in Hampshire was having a pretty bad start to the week when, on a very rainy Tuesday, it revealed on Twitter that it had failed to…

Read Around the World: Qatar to Scotland

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We’re around three quarters of the way through our blog series now, storming through the world alphabetically as we read around the world, featuring a book from every country in…

Word of the Day – Apoplexy

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Apoplexy (noun) ap-o-plek-see Extreme anger. (dated) Unconsciousness or incapacity resulting from a cerebral haemorrhage or stroke. Late Middle English from Old French apoplexie, from late Latin apoplexia, from Greek apoplēxia,…

Quiz! Keywords – D – Dream

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A new series for a new year. Working through the alphabet each quiz is based around a keyword (or its derivatives) found in a book title or a literary quote.…

BBC One Announces Magical New Commission – Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History

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At the beginning of this year, it was announced that London’s Natural History Museum will be showcasing a new exhibit entitled Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature which is inspired…

Word of the Day – Marsupium

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Marsupium (noun) mar-soop-ee-um A pouch that protects eggs, offspring, or reproductive structures, especially the pouch of a female marsupial mammal. Mid 17th century via Latin from Greek marsupion, diminutive of…

Christopher Tolkien, Son of J.R.R. Tolkien, Has Passed Away

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Christopher Tolkien, son of famed fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien, has passed away at the age of 95, according to the Tolkien Society. An accomplished writer and editor in his own…

The NYPL List Most Checked-out Books of all Time

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The New York Public Library was founded more than a century ago, and as such has seen millions and millions of books checked out through its systems. Now they have…

Stephen King causes controversy with diversity tweet

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Stephen King has caused a stir on Twitter with a poorly worded tweet about diversity in the arts. Speaking about nominating artists for screenplay awards, King mentioned that the "issue…

Pope Benedict XVI co-authors church crisis book with Cardinal

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah have co-authored a book on the crisis in the Church. The book's subject "is not just about priestly celibacy, important as that…

Word of the Day – Brawn

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Brawn (noun) br-aw-n Physical strength in contrast to intelligence. Meat from a pig's or calf's head that is cooked and pressed in a pot with jelly. Middle English from Old…

10 Novels About Feminist Utopias

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It seems like for the last few years everyone’s either been reading about dystopian societies or feeling as though they are living in one, so as an antithesis to the…

$500k worth of books stolen from Carnegie Library

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$500k worth of rare books were stolen from Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, USA. Two men have been accused of the theft of over $500,000 worth of rare books, maps and…

Word of the Day – Clianthus

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Clianthus (noun) klai-an-thus An Australasian plant of the pea family, which bears drooping clusters of large scarlet flowers. Modern Latin, apparently from Greek kleos, klei- ‘glory’ + anthos ‘flower’. (more…)

Quiz! Keywords – C – Child

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A new series for a new year. Working through the alphabet each quiz is based around a keyword (or its derivatives) found in a book title or a literary quote.…

This Gothic Poe Themed Coffeehouse in Michigan is a Literary Dream

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The Raven Café in Port Huron, Michigan isn’t just any old coffee house. Named after Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous creation, this gothic themed coffee house is a little Poe,…

Word of the Day – Sheading

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Sheading (noun) shee-ding Each of the six administrative divisions of the Isle of Man. Late 16th century variant of shedding (see shed). (more…)

John le Carre Wins $100,000 Award, Donates Money To Charity

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John le Carre may possibly be the best known spy novelist that ever lived, and if you’re a fan you now have even more reason to love him as he…

8 Heartwarming Books to Chase Away the January Blues

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Does anyone else feel as though January has already been 740 days long? Not just me then, and the dark nights, dark mornings and rainy days here in the UK…