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 a book or two that we reach to for comfort, like that big hug of a warm blanket and a cup of hot cocoa; its that book we enjoy when we’re feeling down and can make us feel a little better when we’re ill and I wanted to share my comfort reads with you!
1. Five Run Away Together
I love the imagery in this book, the description of the cave and all its amenities is very atmospheric. Also getting to stay on the island is also a lovely idea. I love the waking up at the seaside, and that would be ideal for me!
The idea of the adventure on the island is such an exciting thing, and when I was younger it was a such a thrilling idea. The descriptions of the food as well was quite appealing.
2. In the Fifth at Malory Towers
I used to listen to this on tape when I went to sleep at night and more specifically when I was ill. The use of the pantomime story line used to really fire my young imagination and I think that helped fire my belief that I could do anything I set my mind to. I loved that the audio adaption actually acted out some of the pantomime which just added to the magic of the book as a whole. I really really connected with that book, and even now, when I’ve tired, upset and down, it is one of the books I reach for because it just feels like a big hug. It’s like a welcome home.
3. Five Get Into a Fix
Again, a Blyton I had on a cassette as a young girl, and the story of the strange mountain that shimmered and made noises was an interesting concept to a girl with no knowledge of chemistry and things, so it was a proper thrilling adventure. I loved the idea of camping in a little hut in the winter, where everything was done by the light of a lovely warm fire. The kitchen at the farm always seemed attractive to me, big, full of food and warm. It’s literally an adventure to sit down and curl up with, a proper real read.
So tell me, what are your comforting reads of Blyton? I’m sure you’ve all got different ones, and I’d like to hear what they are!