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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Amazon Prime Land the Rights to Jack Reacher Television Series

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Last Autumn we brought you the news that a Jack Reacher television series was in the works. We’ve already seen the character brought to the big screen, but rather unsuccessfully…

Read Around the World: Australia to Belize

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We’re into a new blog series now where we’re going to read around the world, featuring a book from every country in the world. We’ll work alphabetically through all the…

Artificial intelligence could translate ancient texts

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Great news, Reading Addicts, your 'to be read' pile is set to become enormous as ancient languages could soon be translated. AI (artificial intelligence) mimics human cognitive functions, one aspect…

Word of the Day – Feckless

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Feckless (adj) fek-les Lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible. Late 16th century from Scots and northern English dialect feck (from effeck, variant of effect)+ -less. (more…)

Around the World in 18 Quizzes: Number 1 – Greece

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Each quiz in this new series focuses on a specific country; the literature of it, works set in it, quotes about it or the authors that live in it. It…

David Bowie’s Life To Be Celebrated In Graphic Novel

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When David Bowie died on the 10th January 2016, I like many many people around the world felt a great sadness. For days and even weeks, I felt a sense…

Dickens Museum buy portrait that was lost for 133 Years

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A palm-sized portrait of Charles Dickens was discovered at a house clearance in South Africa and has since been purchased by the Charles Dickens Museum. The portrait of a youthful-looking…

Word of the Day – Ryu

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Ryu (noun) ree-oo A Japanese school or style of art. From Japanese (more…)

Seven Sarah Waters Quotes on Life and Love

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Bestselling novelist Sarah Ann Waters OBE was born on 21st July 1966 in Pembrokeshire Wales. Waters received a PhD from Queen Mary, University London, her thesis entitled “Wolfskins and togas:…

The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1962

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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 into the 1960s and almost half way through this…

The Art of Racing in the Rain is Coming to the Big Screen

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I absolutely love good dog books, and The Art of Racing in the Rain definitely comes under the category of good dog books. It’s one of those books that stay…

Word of the Day – Merle

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Merle (noun) (Scots) (archaic) mu-rl A blackbird Late Middle English via Old French from Latin merula. (more…)

Quiz – July Babies’ Quotes

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A new monthly quiz for 2019. 20 literary babies born this month and 20 literary quotes – but was the quote written by the July baby, or someone else?  …

5 Brilliant Books By Sir Edmund Hillary

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Sir Edmund Hillary (20th July, 1919 – 11th January, 2008) was a mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist from Auckland, New Zealand. Hillary went on many adventures but is probably best known…

Classic novel illustrations from the British Library now free to use

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Over a million illustrations from classic novels have been released by The British Library for public use. 1,019,992 images have been scanned from classic pre-20th century books and uploaded to…

Word of the Day – Prosopopoeia

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Prosopopoeia (noun) pros-op-up-ee-a A figure of speech in which an abstract thing is personified. Mid 16th century via Latin from Greek prosōpopoiia, from prosōpon ‘person’ + poiein ‘to make’. (more…)

The Best Books of 2019… So Far

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We’re just past the half way point of 2019 and it’s brought some fantastic books along with it, so today we’re going to look at the books released in the…

Underwater library offers waterproof books to read in the pool

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One annoyance many reading addicts face while on vacation is having to put their book away to float in the pool- few want to risk ruining a book with running…

Hogwarts-themed engagement ring is hit with Potter-obsessed fiancée

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Harry Potter fans are known for their dedication and passion- and this couple is no exception! The Potter-obsessed couple too to Reddit to show off their creative engagement- complete with…

Word of the Day – Consternation

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Consternation (noun) kon-stur-nay-shun A feeling of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected. Early 17th century from Latin consternatio(n-), from the verb consternare ‘lay prostrate, terrify’ (more…)