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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Adaptation of Alice Seabold’s Memoir ‘Lucky’ Cancelled by Netflix

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Netflix has cancelled plans to adapt Alice Sebold’s memoir Lucky. The memoir concerns Seabold's rape when she was 18-years-old, but after the conviction of Anthony Broadwater was overturned recently, the…

Word of the Day – Prosecutrix

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Prosecutrix (noun) pros-e-kew-triks A female plaintiff; a woman who brings a charge against someone in a court of law. Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Lives Most Remarkable Criminals.…

Margaret Atwood Celebrated on Canadian Stamp

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Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale) is being celebrated on a Canadian stamp. Her contributions to Canadian literature are being honoured with a special postage stamp through Canada Post. Canada Post…

Word of the Day – Panegyric

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Panegyric (noun) pan-e-jir-ik A public speech or published text in praise of someone or something. Early 17th century from French panégyrique, via Latin from Greek panēgurikos ‘of public assembly’, from…

Word of the Day – Hackneyed

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Hackneyed (adj) hak-need (of a phrase or idea) having been overused; unoriginal and trite. Mid 18th century from the archaic verb hackney (see hackney), meaning ‘use (a horse) for ordinary…

Word of the Day – Overage

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Overage (noun) ov-er-ij An excess or surplus, especially the amount by which a sum of money is greater than a previous estimate. (more…)

Trump’s Picture Book Released Soon

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Donald Trump has a new book being released this year. The photo book has been heralded by the twice-impeached US President as "the book of all books." This is Trump's…

1934 Puzzle Book ‘Cain’s Jawbone’ Sold Out Thanks to Tik Tok

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A 1934 murder mystery puzzle book has become so popular that it has sold out, thanks to Tik Tok. The book was enjoyed in the 1930s and 40s and is…

Word of the Day – Cathartic

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Cathartic (adj) kath-ar-tik Providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions; causing catharsis. Early 17th century (in medical use): via late Latin from Greek kathartikos, from katharsis ‘cleansing’…

Word of the Day – Lurcher

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Lurcher (noun) lur-cha (British) A cross-bred dog, typically a sighthound (typically greyhound, whippet, or wolfhound) crossed with a pastoral breed or terrier used for hunting and by poachers for catching…

‘House of Gucci’ Adaptation to Star Lady Gaga and Adam Driver

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A movie adaptation of Sara Gay Forden's House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed is due for release soon. Directed by Ridley Scott, the adaptation will…

Word of the Day – Phenology

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Phenology (noun) fen-ol-o-jee The study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life. Late 19th century from phenomenon+ -logy. (more…)

Word of the Day – Vitrine

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Vitrine (noun) vit-reen A glass display case. French, from vitre ‘glass pane’. (more…)

Book Returned to Scottish Library 73 Years Late

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A book has been returned to a Scottish Library more than 73 years late. The staff at Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries received the book in a parcel sent by…

Word of the Day – Shicer

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Shicer (noun) shy-ser (informal) (Aus/NZ) A worthless thing or person, especially a swindler. Mid 19th century from German Scheisser ‘contemptible person’. (more…)

400,000 books destroyed in fire including book signed by Queen Victoria

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A fire has destroyed over 400,000 books including one signed by Queen Victoria. The ruined warehouse had stored "irreplaceable" editions such as a book signed by Queen Victoria and a…

Word of the Day – Schmaltz

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Schmaltz (noun) sh-mal-ts Excessive sentimentality, especially in music or films. 1930s from Yiddish shmaltz, from German Schmalz ‘dripping, lard’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Harangue

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Harangue (noun/verb) ha-rang A lengthy and aggressive speech / To lecture someone at length in an aggressive manner. Late Middle English from Old French arenge, from medieval Latin harenga, perhaps…

Stars of Harry Potter Reunite for 20th Anniversary

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Harry Potter fans are excited to hear the news of a 20th anniversary reunion coming to HBO Max. WarnerMedia has announced that the stars of the Harry Potter movie adaptation…

Word of the Day – Snicker

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Snicker (noun/verb) snik-er A half suppressed laugh or scornful response; a snigger./ to give a half suppressed laugh or scornful response. Late 17th century imitative. (more…)