Category Archives: Personal Experiences

January 2023 round up

It appears that I live my life in a perpetual cycle of being surprised that time has passed, and honestly, I am yet again feeling surprised that I’m already writing my January round up. It feels as if I just … Continue reading

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My 2022 in books and Blyton

This is my third time of assessing what I read the previous year in a blog post. Every year I set some reading goals. The main one is how many books – I generally start with a goal of 100 … Continue reading

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2022 birthday and Christmas present round up

Every year I am lucky to get at least a few Blytonian gifts between my December birthday and Christmas. In fact, each year I am amazed to still get Blytonian gifts as sometimes it feels as if those that know … Continue reading

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December 2022 round up

What I have read The majority of what I read in December were audiobooks. I did entertain thoughts of finishing various books so that I could start 2023 without anything lingering on my unfinished list but it wasn’t to be. … Continue reading

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November 2022 round up

What I have read I didn’t manage to read an awful lot in November as I was ill for over a week and didn’t read anything at all other than listening to one audiobook. But as I hit my goal … Continue reading

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October 2022 round up

What I have read I reached 100 books in September but of course I kept on reading. I haven’t updated my goal yet, but I may still do. Currently I’m at 109/100. What I have read: Charlie and the Great … Continue reading

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September 2022 round up

September is over and with it went the last dregs of summer. We are now into October and autumn, but here’s what I got up to in September. What I have read I reached 100 books this month, which was … Continue reading

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August 2022 round up

August was a better month all round. What I have read I had a much better month in August. I picked up quite a few books which turned out to be un-put-downable and so got read in two days each. … Continue reading

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Blackberries

Like lighthouses I associate blackberries with Blyton, even if they only feature prominently in the odd book. For lighthouses that is, of course, Five Go to Demon’s Rocks, while for blackberries it is The Hidey Hole. Blyton’s blackberries Blyton’s children … Continue reading

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July 2022 round up

There was not an awful lot of blogging done last week – as I mentioned in the last Monday post I ended up being ill again – what a summer! What I have read Another not very good month – … Continue reading

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June 2022 round up

I might not have been on the blog as much as usual last month but I still did enough things to write about. What I have read Not a great month for reading as I barely read a thing for … Continue reading

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May 2022 round up

I’m a little bit later doing this than usual, because I was away on holiday. The holiday was in June, though, so I won’t be rounding that up until next month! What I have read What I have read is: … Continue reading

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April 2022 round up

May the fourth be with you! Yes it’s May now, the last legal restrictions ended in Scotland finally and so life is feeling fairly normal – which is actually quite weird. Jacqueline Wilson’s new Faraway Tree book comes out at … Continue reading

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March 2022 round up

Phew, it’s the first of April already. I hope you enjoyed this morning’s post! We had a brief warm spell in March where we could sit outside in short sleeves, but by the end of the week it was snowing. … Continue reading

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February 2022 round up

February has passed by pretty pretty quickly, even for the shortest month of the year. We are now into March, when the days definitely start to get longer, a little warmer, and hopefully a lot less windy! March is also … Continue reading

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Birthday and Christmas gift round up 2021

Christmas (and my birthday) were quite a while ago now, so you might be wondering why I’m only getting around to posting about it now. Or, given my track record, you might well be assuming I had forgotten to write … Continue reading

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January 2022 round up

Somehow it is not only 2022 but it is the end of the first month of 2022. What I have read I haven’t started off very well towards my goal of 100 books in 2022, in fact all month the … Continue reading

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My 2021 in books and Blyton

Last year I did more in-depth round up of my year in books, so I think I’ll try to stick to the same format this year. As I said last year (yes I’m being lazy and have copy and pasted … Continue reading

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December 2021 round up

I’ve still to do my year in books for 2021, so for now (and slightly late as I entirely forgot about it*) I will look at what I got up to in December. *It would have been slightly late when … Continue reading

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November 2021 round up

It’s now officially the Christmas season, so that mean it’s time to look back at November. What I have read I started out well in November, reading several books in two days each, but then, again, I picked up something … Continue reading

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