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 – Exon

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Exon (noun) ek-son (in Britain) one of four yeomen of the guard who act as commanding officers in the absence of higher authority. 1645–55; earlier exant, for French exempt (spelling…

Word of the Day – Calumniate

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Calumniate (verb) kal-um-nee-ayt to make false and malicious statements about; slander. 1545–55; Latin calumniātus (past participle of calumniārī to accuse falsely, trick), equivalent to calumni(a) calumny + -ātus-ate1 (more…)

Quiz – Literary London

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18 wonderful novels set in a wonderful city – where London often becomes as central to the plot as the human characters themselves.   We've also just turned our best…

Birmingham Poet, Benjamin Zephaniah dies, aged 65

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The Bard of Birmingham, described as a “titan of British literature” Benjamin Zephaniah has tragically died, aged just 65 years old. The news was announced on the poet’s Instagram this…

Word of the Day – Enervate

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Enervate (verb) en-er-vayt to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken. Enervate was first recorded in 1595–1605. Enervate is from the Latin word ēnervātus, meaning “weakened.” (more…)

Word of the Day – Raillery

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Raillery (noun) ray-luh-ree good-humored ridicule; banter. 1645–55; French raillerie, equivalent to Middle French raill(er) (more…)

Word of the Day – Persiflage

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Persiflage (noun) pur-si-flahj light, bantering talk or writing. First recorded in 1750–60; from French, derivative of persifler “to banter,” equivalent to per- prefix meaning “through, thoroughly, very” + siffler “to…

Word of the Day – Smithereens

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Smithereens (noun) smith-uh-reens Small pieces. Bits. Smithereens was first recorded in 1820–30 and may come from the dialectal variant smithers, “tiny pieces.” (more…)

Word of the Day – Pulpy

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Pulpy (adj) pul-pee pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling pulp; fleshy or soft. First recorded in 1585–95; pulp + -y (more…)

Word of the Day – Prognathous

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Prognathous (adj) prog-na-thus having protrusive jaws First recorded in 1830–40; pro + -gnathous (more…)

For Reading Addicts Reading Challenge 2023 – Read a Rainbow – December

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Well here we are nearly at the end of 2023, another year over. Thank you to everyone who has made this year's challenge our biggest and best yet. We've had…

Quiz – All About Animals

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Books abound about our furry friends. Simply match the book description with the two or four legged answer.   We've also just turned our best quizzes into a book that…

Word of the Day – Arachnid

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Arachnic (noun) ar-ak-nid any wingless, carnivorous arthropod of the class Arachnida, including spiders, scorpions, mites, ticks, and daddy-longlegs, having a body divided into two parts, the cephalothorax and the abdomen,…

Word of the Day – Convivium

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Convivium (noun) kon-viv-ee-um A banquet, feast, or gathering. Convivium was first recorded in 1720–30 and has roots in the Latin word for feast, convīviālis, which comes from the Latin verb…

Word of the Day – Auberge

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Auberge (noun) oh-berzh An inn or hostel. Auberge entered English from French around 1770–80. The French word auberge comes from Old Provençal alberga, which meant “encampment, hut.” These forms diverged…

Word of the Day – Finagle

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Finagle (verb) fin-ay-gl to get or achieve something by guile, trickery, or manipulation. Finagle is an Americanism that was first recorded in 1925–30 and comes from a variant of fainaigue,…

Word of the Day – Cavort

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Cavort (verb) ka-vawt to behave in a high-spirited, festive manner. Cavort is an Americanism dating back to 1785–95, and comes from the earlier word cavault,which is perhaps a combination of…

Quiz – Initials

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Authors known by their initials. We know these writers by their initials and surname – but those initials do stand for something! How many do you know? We've also just…

Word of the Day – Clement

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Clement (adj) klem-ent mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate / (of the weather) mild and pleasant. First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English either from Old French…

Word of the Day – Ologoan

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Ologoan (verb) olu-gohn Irish to complain loudly without reason: she's always ologoaning about something. from Irish Gaelic olagón lament (more…)