Category Archives: Personal Experiences

Inscriptions in books 3: It’s not her book, it’s mine!

My previous posts looked at books with one clear owner, be that evidenced by a nice prize giving label or hand-written names and addresses. I have, however, lots of books whose ownership isn’t quite so clear. Sibling arguments or second-hand … Continue reading

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Inscriptions in books 2: this book belongs to

I’m not one for writing my name inside books. I’ve done it on a few over the years, or for a while I had little stickers, but I rarely felt the need to declare ownership. Perhaps I would have if … Continue reading

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Inscriptions in books 1: Introduction and prize giving labels

Inscriptions in books are a divisive topic, or so I’ve found. Some people absolutely hate them, to the point of refusing to buy an otherwise perfect and affordable copy of a cherished title just because it says ‘Mary Smith’ inside … Continue reading

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Putting the Five Find-Outers books in order, part 3

I’ve covered my top Find-Outer books and my middling Find-Outer books so now it’s time for my least favourites. As I put in the first post least favourite doesn’t mean books I dislike. It just means I like them a bit less … Continue reading

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Putting the Five Find-Outers books in order, part 2

Recently I started putting these books in order of favourites, and I did my top five from the series. Now I’m going to have a look at the five books I am putting in the middle. My middling favourites, if … Continue reading

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Putting the Five Find-Outers books in order

Last year I ordered the books in some of Blyton’s biggest series into favourites. I did The Famous Five, The Adventure Series, The Secret Series, Malory Towers and The Barney Mysteries. I have now realised that I missed the Five Find-Outers. … Continue reading

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Fiona’s 10 facts about the Adventure Series and me

A way, way back when the blog was relatively new Stef and I both wrote 10 facts about the Famous Five and ourselves. I’m now going to do the same for the Adventure Series. 1. The Circus of Adventure is … Continue reading

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Top 11 Famous Five moments

I’ve written plenty about the Famous Five, including putting the whole series into order from my most favourite to least favourite. And now I’ve decided to list my ten favourite moments from the series. Being 21 books long I can’t … Continue reading

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10 facts about Malory Towers and me

1. I didn’t own the full series as a child, but I’m not sure exactly what I did have. Fifth Form I had bought from the library for 20p, and Second Form I bought an Armada paperback somewhere eventually. I … Continue reading

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June Round Up

WHAT I HAVE READ This was a really good month, even if you don’t count the two children’s picture books I still managed 8 books. Next month might not be so great as Outlander is an 800+ page beast of … Continue reading

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My top 11 Adventure Series moments

The Adventure Series is one of Blyton’s best, and is full of exciting moments but also plenty of funny ones too. Here are my top 10, 11. It was going to be 10, as I said on Monday but as … Continue reading

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April Round Up

WHAT FIONA HAS READ I had a good month, reading wise. I managed to read 6, I am on 21 in total and that’s 4 ahead. The Something Girl (Frogmorton Farm #2) – Jodi Taylor Piano Lessons Can Be Murder … Continue reading

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Reading Blyton for comfort

Now if you’re anything like me, you like having the option to read an Enid Blyton book occasionally (or all the time) for nostalgia or because it was the first book of hers you read. I reckon we all have … Continue reading

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March Round Up

WHAT FIONA HAS READ I managed to finish four so I’m on 15 for the year so still 3 ahead. Why Mummy Drinks – Gill Sims The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon The Faith … Continue reading

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Top nostalgic Blyton reads

We all have our favourite reads, the ones we go back to time and time again, like a comfort blanket but made of our favourite Blyton reads. I have decided to share my top three with you. Be warned, you … Continue reading

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February Round Up

WHAT FIONA HAS READ I’m on 11 so far for the year – 2 ahead of schedule for my reading challenge! Be Careful What You Wish For (Goosebumps #12) – R.L. Stine The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams Bianco A … Continue reading

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