Category Archives: Personal Experiences

May 2019 round up

What I have read After taking a bit of a break from the Outlander series in order to read some other things, I’ve gone through two more and I’m now on the eighth book. I’m almost halfway through my hundred … Continue reading

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April 2019 round up

What I have read After a slow few months I’ve not only caught up to my target but I have exceeded it! As a reward I’ve allowed myself to borrow the next Outlander book. I’ve finished: The Nightingale Christmas Show … Continue reading

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March 2019 round up

What I have read I’ve done a bit better this month, having finally picked up a couple of books that have been sitting on my shelves for ages (one I’ve had on loan since before Brodie was born!) I’m now … Continue reading

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February 2019 round up

Well, there has clearly been a mix-up behind the scenes here (and I can’t blame anyone but myself!). I’ve just discovered this post lurking in the drafts folder, when it was meant to be published on March 1. Whoops! Seeing … Continue reading

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January 2019 round up

What I have read I have set a new target of 100 books for 2019. I haven’t started out very well, though. I got quite a few books for my Christmas but I haven’t started any of them yet. I’m … Continue reading

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2018 Birthday and Christmas present round up

As always I got spoiled for my birthday and Christmas. Every year my nearest and dearest manage to come up with something Blyton-y to give me, so here’s what they did this year. 1. Enid Blyton t-shirt How often do … Continue reading

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December 2018 round up

We are in 2019 if you can believe it, so this is the last 2018 round up chronicling what I got up to in December. What I have read My total number of books was 98 for the year, so … Continue reading

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Inscriptions in books 4: Books given with love

These are some of my favourite types of inscriptions – ones where a book is given as a gift. There are lots of lucky children here, given books by their aunties, uncles, parents and possibly even friends. There are books … Continue reading

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November 2018 round up

What I have read I have achieved my Goodreads target (again!) I’m on 84 books, so now I will see how many I can get. I’m not going to up the goal this time though, as I know I’ll be … Continue reading

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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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October 2018 round up

WHAT I HAVE READ I only have two more books to reach my Goodreads target of 80 books! The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt A Trail Through Time (A Chronicles of St Mary’s #4) – Jodi Taylor Red … 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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September 2018 round up

WHAT I HAVE READ Not a bad month though most of the novels are ones I’ve read before. I haven’t read the latest few of the St Mary’s books so I thought I should re-read from the start to refresh … 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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August 2018 round up

WHAT I HAVE READ Ten books means I’ve gone well over my target for the year, so I’ve increased it from 52 to 80! Poor Stainless (The Borrowers 4.5) – Mary Norton Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) – Diana Gabaldon … 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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July 2018 round up

WHAT FIONA HAS READ I read a lot this month, though there were quite a few short books. I checked out a load of Dr Seuss books from my work and read them for the first time – they didn’t … Continue reading

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