Monday, 26 March 2018


Each week I'll be sharing a reading record, kind of like a bookish diary, with some notes of my reading from the week before.

Much like last week, I'm beginning my week by finishing off the remaining pages in The Find-Outers series by Enid Blyton; this one being The Mystery of the Secret Room.

I read the first chapter of Silas Marner by George Eliot. With classics, I tend to need some good solid silence to read, and that definitely seems to be the case with this title. Silas Marner is the March book pick for a new online book club I've joined (#CrossingGenresBookClub).

Ending the night having read the first 30 pages (roughly 3 chapters) of The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters. Really enjoying the steady pace I'm making through this Enid Blyton boxset. 

Began my day by picking up where I left off yesterday, and reading 55 pages of The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters.

In the evening I picked up a seasonal anthology (Spring) that I started a couple of weeks back on a day that felt truly spring like... Sadly that feeling didn't last for long when more snow soon followed it. Due to the weather, I hadn't picked this book up since then but today felt like the right time to return and read a few pages. The extract I started with actually spoke of snow making way for spring, so pretty apt really. Whilst reading another extract, I came across this quote that I quite liked...

'The natural world I observe is merciless, but it's a place where I feel happy to belong' - JO SINCLAIR

No reading completed today... I did place a rather large online book order though.

Started, and finished, Printer's Devil Court by Susan Hill. Although officially spring now, the day felt much the opposite - a bitter chill in the air & ominous skies - and I just knew I wanted to curl up with a good old ghost story in the evening.

When I feel like this, I tend to return to my tried and true favourite of The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, so I thought I'd switch things up this time and reread another supernatural short story of hers. I have a book that contains five of her ghost stories, and so I got my husband to pick which one I should read based off the titles.

Printer's Devil Court isn't one of my favourite Susan Hill ghost stories, not even top three if I'm being honest, but I enjoyed the reread and overall experience I was in the mood for.

I continued with the fourth book in The Find-Outers series, getting through a good chunk of it.

Finished reading the remainder of The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters.

Today I was off to the library on a solo trip. We regularly visit the library, however those of you who have had the pleasure of a library trip with young child in tow will know that it isn't always easy to look at books yourself. I've picked up a book here & there this year, but today I set aside the time to visit the library on my own - to browse at my own will and come home with a stack of books just for me. I spent over an hour at the library, and left with 6 books in my tote bag. The morning was topped off with getting a donut on the way home - yum!

Once home, I started one of the books I borrowed: The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories; a collection of short stories written by Agatha Christie. I read the first two stories within the book, and look forward to continuing with the others.

Before bed I started the fifth book in the Enid Blyton box set, finishing the first two chapters.

Ending the week having completed The Mystery of the Missing Necklace; the fifth book from The Find-Outers series.

Happy reading!


  1. I am trying to get better at taking Sunnie to the library more regularly. We've been going every two weeks, one day after school, and she loves it.
    Hope you have a great week and have lots of reading time!

    1. Isn't the enthusiasm of reading in our kids just one of the loveliest things?! I'm glad you & Sunnie have been enjoying the library trips.

  2. Going to the library solo and getting a donut sounds like a dream! Happy reading!

  3. I love the idea of keeping a reading record every week. I really need to visit my local library more.

    Emma |

    1. Keeping a reading record in this form is something I've only done this year, but I love it! And would recommend.

  4. Spring is a season I usually overlook when it comes to seasonal reading, but I’d like to change that! I have a list from Modern Mrs Darcy with a couple titles already on my shelves I’m going to try to read this spring, but I’d love to know the title of the spring anthology you’re reading too :)

    1. Here's the Goodreads link to the Spring anthology -

      I hope you enjoy your seasonal reads, Christine.

  5. Oh gosh, going to the library alone sounds so wonderful. I usually have my husband and son with me and they're like 'Tick tock, tick tock. Hurry up!'

    1. Oh, I know that feeling - having no time constraints was just lovely.

  6. I love Agatha Christie's short stories! Witness for the Prosecution is one of the best. A solo library trip is definitely heavenly! What fun!

    1. Witness for the Prosecution was perfectly crafted; loved it!


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