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 – Bunkum

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Bunkum (noun) bun-kum Nonsense, untrue Mid 19th century (originally buncombe): named after Buncombe County in North Carolina, mentioned in an inconsequential speech made by its congressman solely to please his…

Decades Quiz 19 – 1830-1839

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Each quiz in this series goes back a decade in time and is about books published in that decade and also books set in it. This quiz – the last…

Word of the Day – Sapid

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Sapid (adj) sa-pid Having a strong and pleasant taste. Early 17th century: from Latin sapidus, from sapere ‘to taste’.

The YA Book Prize Opens for Submissions

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Do you know anyone who’s written a brilliant young adult novel? If so you may want to give them the heads up as submissions open for the YA Book Prize…

The Trailer is Here for BBC Harry Potter: History of Magic Documentary

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In September we brought you the news that a BBC History of Magic documentary was to air in the Autumn, along with two brand new books from the Potterverse. Both…

Decades Quiz 18 – 1840-1849

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Each quiz in this series goes back a decade in time and is about books published in that decade and also books set in it. This quiz takes us back…

Word of the Day – Grandiloquent

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Grandiloquent (adj) gran-di-lo-kwent Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress. Late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally ‘grand-speaking’, from grandis…

Children’s Fines to Be Forgiven by New York Libraries

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New York City public libraries have decided to forgive young readers who rack up late book fines. Usually, readers who have more than $15 in late fines must pay their…

Decades Quiz 17 – 1850-1859

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Each quiz in this series goes back a decade in time and is about books published in that decade and also books set in it. This quiz takes us back…

Word of the Day – Nodose

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Nodose (adj) no-dose Characterised by being knotty, having hard or tight lumps. Early 18th century: from Latin nodosus, from nodus ‘knot’.

American Author George Saunders Wins Man Booker Prize

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The 2017 Man Booker Prize has been awarded to American author George Saunders for his first full-length novel Lincoln in the Bardo. The book is inspired by the night that…

Decades Quiz 16 – 1860-1869

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Each quiz in this series goes back a decade in time and is about books published in that decade and also books set in it. This quiz takes us back…

Word of the Day – Rodomontade

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Rodomontade (noun) rod-oh-mon-taid Boastful or inflated talk or behaviour. Early 17th century: from French, from obsolete Italian rodomontada, from Italian rodomonte, from the name of a boastful character in the…

10 Thoughtful Quotes By E.M. Forster

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Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879, and died in June 1970. As a novelist, essayist, and short story writer he published under the shortened name of E.M….

Terry Pratchett: His World – A Review of the Exhibition

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On until January 2018, the Salisbury Museum with donations and support from The Estate of Terry Pratchett, and Paul Kidby – Sir Terry Pratchett’s artist of choice – present an…

The Room of Requirement Coming to Cardiff’s Historic Arcades

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Calling all Cardiffian Potterheads – Magic is coming to town! In the coming months, should you find yourself traipsing through the Castle Arcade, concentrating on something you require in particular,…

The Private Lives of Authors: Sylvia Plath

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Many people know about Sylvia Plath’s writing, her relationship with Ted Hughes, and her battle with mental illness. A little known fact about Plath, however, was her passion for beekeeping….

Decades Quiz 15 – 1870-1879

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Each quiz in this series goes back a decade in time and is about books published in that decade and also books set in it. This quiz takes us back…

Word of the Day – Flapdoodle

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Flapdoodle (noun) (US) (informal) flap-doo-dl Nonsense/ A foolish person. Mid 19th century: an arbitrary formation.

To Kill a Mockingbird Removed from Mississippi School Reading List

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To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic novel about racism in the American South has been removed from a school’s reading list because language in the book “makes people uncomfortable.”…