Jolly Spiffing

Monday, May 16, 2011

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it incredibly relaxing to curl up with a children's book? I love it, the lack of tension, my familiarity with the story, it is my favourite thing to do on a rainy day. Normally at this time of year I would be really frustrated by a couple of days of rain in a row, but I've been feeling a bit off this week so it's been a nice treat to hide out inside and curl up. 

Usually when I have the craving for a book I go with Harry Potter, or maybe one of the Narnia books, but this time I thought I would go further back into my childhood. 

Enid Blyton was my favourite author when I first learnt to read, I was desperate to go on an adventure, find smugglers or rescue someone who had been kidnapped. I even briefly wanted to go to boarding school, like Darrell in the Malory Towers stories. Even when I stopped reading them I refused to get rid of them, the photo you can see above is part of a doubled up shelf of Enid Blyton books I own, which made it really easy when I decided to pick one up over the weekend. 

I decided to go with the Adventure series in the end, although I have to say I am tempted by the Famous Five. Does anyone remember the tv series they did of it in the mid 90s? I think my parents might still have it on video somewhere... Definitely something to hunt out if we are going to have a rainy summer.

Do you guys have any favourite children's books, or authors? And how to you feel about getting rid of books? If I enjoy something I hate to get rid of it, I just know I will want to buy it again anyway. Not to say there have been lot of bits of bad bits of fiction that have gone to my local charity shop. 

Speaking of second hand books. If any of you are in Edinburgh this week the Christian Aid Booksale is on at St Andrew and St George's Church on George St and it is absolutely wonderful. I've popped along today but I'm heading back tomorrow to take some pictures and see if I can find anything interesting. There is every type of book imaginable there, along DVDs, videos, CDs, vinyls and even some original artwork. Maybe you'll see me there. 

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  1. Ooo girl..I love your jair..:)


    Don't bother to pass by anytime..:)

  2. you have beautiful hair, and I have so much books so may be I have to bring them to a second hand shop..; xo

  3. I love this post! I read a Hans Christian Anderson anthology some time ago and adore anything by Lucy Maude Montgomery, especially her Anne series. They bring comfort and make me dreamy. I know exactly what you mean!
    xo christine

  4. Thanks for your lovely comment, I'm so sorry fort answering you this late but I had exams this week :s

    Laura ♥

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  6. I love reading children's books too!! Enid Blyton is just amazing!! And your hair is such a pretty colour too =)

  7. I love reading children's books too!! Enid Blyton is just amazing!! And your hair is such a pretty colour too =)

  8. I had those 3-in-1 editions of Secret Seven too... still got them in a box under my bed. Had to make room on my bookshelves for my newer books, but couldn't ever get rid of my Enid Blytons. Famous Five and Malory Towers were my favourites, no doubt about it.


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