As someone who writes upwards of 2,000 words a week about all things Blytonian, I feel that I actually don’t read an awful lot of her books! At least nowhere near as many as I used to.
So I thought I’d have a look and see how many I’ve actually read since I began keeping record in 2012.
I only began recording books in April 2012 – the first month’s record was on a page in a notebook which I think I still have somewhere. Then I discovered Goodreads and never looked back!
Stef and I didn’t start this blog until November 2012 so from April-October I was just reading whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Then from November came the reviews! I think I was still buying a lot of Blytons around this time, filling in gaps in my collection and also starting to collect series that were completely new to me. Some (old favourites) I read straight away which would account for the random Famous Fives in 2012, others may have sat on my shelves for some time before I got around to trying them out.
Mr Galliano’s Circus
Mister Meddle’s Muddles
Fun For the Secret Seven
*Enid Blyton at Old Thatch (I had visited Old Thatch after the 2012 Enid Blyton day and bought this from Jackie.)
The Little Tree House
The Further Adventures of Josie Click and Bun
Josie, Click and Bun Again
More About Josie, Click and Bun
Welcome Josie, Click and Bun
Merry Mister Meddle
Well, Really Mr Twiddle
Hello, Mr Twiddle
Five Go Off In a Caravan
The Valley of Adventure
The Blue Story Book
The Mystery of Banshee Towers – I had finally managed to buy a handback of this after a long time searching.
The Christmas Book
The Secret Seven
So from that list I can see that I had completed the Josie, Click and Bun series and then read them all, and I must have been buying Mr Twiddle and Mr Meddle books too! Possibly even the Secret Sevens as I don’t think I would have read two random ones otherwise.
As the Old Thatch book is about Blyton rather than by her I’ve listed it but not counted it in the total.
2012 total – 17
overall total – 17
It seems like I continued buying and reading Blyton’s fantasy books in 2013 with my first reads of Mr Pink-Whistle, The Wishing Chair, and re-reads of an old favourite, Amelia Jane.
*Who’s Who in Enid Blyton
Humpty Dumpty and Belinda
The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters
Mr Pink-Whistle’s Party
Bimbo and Topsy
The Adventures of the Wishing Chair
Naughty Amelia Jane
Amelia Jane Again!
2013 total = 10
overall total = 27
This is the year I started my Noddy collection and was reading them as I bought them, so in entirely the wrong order!
*The Famous Five Annual 2014
Hurrah for Little Noddy
Well I certainly didn’t let any of my Blytonian reading go to waste this year!
2014 total =14
overall total = 41
In 2015 I carried on buying and reading Noddy books which account for most of the titles on the list.
Noddy Goes to School
Be Brave Little Noddy
Noddy and the Bunkey
Noddy Goes to the Fair
Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories
2015 total = 15
overall total = 56
Into the third year of Noddy books now, ending with the Christmas one which I read, rather unseasonably, in the summer. Then I started reviewing the Barney Mysteries, which at least I already had!
*Famous Five Annual 2016
The Rockingdown Mystery
The Rilloby Fair Mystery
Five on a Treasure Island – I gave the Jan Francis audiobook a go
2016 total = 12
overall total = 68
I seem to have almost abandoned series completely in 2017 and gone for stand-alone titles.
Those Dreadful Children
The Treasure Hunters
And then Brodie was born and very little reading of any kind was done!
2017 total = 5
overall total = 73
Once the immediate new born period was over I managed to get back to both reading and blogging, though not really at the rate I had managed before.
The Enchanted Wood – the very first time I read this if you can believe it.
The Magic Faraway Tree – another first, though I still haven’t read The Folk of the Faraway Tree or Up the Faraway Tree.
Five on a Treasure Island – the third time I’ve read this since 2012, this time for a review
Five Go Adventuring Again – the first non-Treasure-Island Five I have read since at least 2011.
The Secret Island – the second time I’ve read The Secret Island but this time on audiobook.
Five Go to Smuggler’s Top – my all-time favourite Blyton book, but the first time I’d read it in at least 7 years.
2018 total = 9
overall total =82
I read over 120 books in 2019 so it seems shameful that only five of them were Blytons! Though I did read at least ten books that were continuations or recommendations for Blyton fans.
Five Go Off in a Caravan
Five Go Off to Camp
Five Get Into Trouble
Five Fall Into Adventure
2019 total = 5
over all total = 87
If I thought five was bad for 2019, it was only four in 2020! I think in the throes of the pandemic I really couldn’t face reading about idyllic coastal adventures while I was trapped at home.
Five on a Hike Together
Five Have a Wonderful Time
The Island of Adventure – my second read since 2012, this time on audio
2020 total = 4
overall total = 91
Five Go to Mystery Moor
New Big Noddy Book #6 – I found this on holiday and ended up reading it to Brodie a few times as one of the stories is about a fire-engine. I’ve only counted it once, though!
Five Go to Billycock Hill
2021 total = 6
overall total = 97
2022 isn’t over yet but I will have to get a move on if I don’t want it to be my worst-ever in terms of Blytons read! Maybe I will even break 100!
It’s crazy that by this point there are still Famous Fives I haven’t read in ten years!
Five Get Into a Fix
Five on Finniston Farm
2002 total = 2
overall total = 99
What isn’t on the list
Well, of course anything I haven’t read isn’t on the list. Strangely this includes most of my favourite Blyton series – apart from the books I have done comparisons on I haven’t read Malory Towers, The Adventure Series or The Secret Series. In TEN years! I know time flies but sheesh, I used to read these through every few years.
Maybe once I finish the Famous Five reviews I will start on one of the above series, and probably take a few years to get through them all.
What’s also missing are all the continuation books I’ve read which include six Naughtiest Girls by Anne Digby, two Malory Towers by Pamela Cox, a Secret Seven by Pamela Butchart, several Famous Fives by Bruno Vincent… and various books I’ve read and recommended for my ‘if you like Blyton‘ series.
A further bit of maths
I’m terrible at maths so I’m going to strain myself here (and use a calculator!)
I wondered what sort of percentages Blyton books made each year…
2012 – 17/108 =15.7%
2013 – 10/129 =7.75%
2014 – 14/189 =7.4%
2015 – 15/139 = 10.8%
2016 – 12/162 = 7.4%
2017 – 5/107 = 4.6%
2018 – 9/98 = 9.1%
2019 – 5/121 = 4.1%
2020 – 4/166 = 2.4%
2021 – 6/121 5%
2022 – 2/90 (so far) 2.2%