Monday, 19 March 2018


Each week I'll be sharing a reading record (yep, missed a few but back with them now), kind of like a bookish diary, with some notes from my reading of the week before.

Starting the week by finishing the last 80ish pages of The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage, which is the first book in The Find-Outers series by Enid Blyton. 

I know Enid Blyton is a much loved author from the childhood of many, however to the best of my knowledge I never read Blyton in my youth. I'm not quite sure how that happened... But I've been rectifying that now as adult, having read the first book in The Magic Faraway Tree series (previously), and now beginning this new mystery series.

The series I'm reading of Enid Blyton's isn't her most well known - that title would likely go to The Famous Five or The Secret Seven - however it's the one I thought I would personally enjoy the most. Based on the first book alone, I'm keen to read more of this mystery middle grade series, and what's great is that I have the whole fifteen book boxset. 

Ended the day on page 54 of Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain, having read 30ish pages of the book throughout the day in two short separate intervals.

Alexander and I began the day - after breakfast - with 30 minutes of reading time. We do this every so often, at least once a week, where we sit and read our individual books together. Alexander usually picks an activity type book during this time, with him today looking through a couple of books about animals where you also have to spot a number of things on each page. Knowing that this isn't exactly uninterrupted reading time for me, I typically pick a lighter / easy to read book, today opting for the second book in the Enid Blyton series I started on Monday - The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat. I managed to read 40 pages in total, and whilst this may not be my most productive reading time, I love it as a little bookish bonding time with my son.

Another 100 pages were read of the Enid Blyton title later on in the day.

No reading.

Some morning reading resulted in me finishing The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat by Enid Blyton.

I also read a little more of Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain in the evening. I am enjoying this title, but finding myself working through it at a very slow pace - the mystery holds me and I'm intrigued to see where the story goes. It is interesting reading an earlier novel of an author whose work you've read more recent releases of.

Today was quite a busy one, and so no reading was completed.

We awoke to a snow strewn landscape today, and I knew I wanted to spend a good portion of my day snuggled under a blanket with a book in hand - the perfect snow day activity. I started the third book in The Find-Outers series: The Mystery of the Secret Room. Although I had hopes of finishing it in the one day, I totalled 154 pages being read; 60ish off of finishing the book.

Happy reading!


  1. I love your bookish buddy reading with your son! How fun! And snowy day reading is the best. Sounds like a great week. :)

  2. I love a good middle grade mystery series, they remind me of youth but a lot of times they're just fun, clean reads too. That title The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage sounds very evocative. Like all those Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys titles that always sucked me in. :)

    1. 'Fun, clean reads' - one of the reasons I've come to love MG reads.

  3. The reading with your son sounds nice! I haven't read any Enid Blyton. I don't think she was quite as popular here - or at least not when I was a kid. She's been on my radar for a bit and is definitely an author I want to read. The titles sound wonderful. Hope you're having a great reading week!

    1. I'm having so much fun reading Enid Blyton's work, and would definitely recommend for when you want to pick up an MG next - such fun reads!

  4. I love that you make a point to read with your son every week. I miss the days when my son would willingly do that with me.

    1. Ahh... I'm holding on to it now, because I'm sure it won't last forever!

  5. Those Enid Blyton books sound great! I have a few of her others on my shelf I really should get around to one of these days :)

    1. I've found her to have such beautiful & engaging writing; capturing childhood in its purest form.


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