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Musing Mondays (October 7)


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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits. • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us! • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing is going to be My Life In Books and this is part 2

My life in books part two. So I graduated from picture books and fell in love with Mr Pink Whistle. Through him I discovered so many other Enid Blyton books aimed at the younger reader.

Mr Pink Whistle

Mr Pink-Whistle is half brownie and half person, and his friend Sooty, the big black cat, can talk. But Mr Pink-Whistle can also make himself invisible, which means that he can do what he enjoys most – helping people.

When Merry catches measles, she thinks she won’t be able to go to the big party, but kind Mr Pink-Whistle plans a surprise for her instead…

Following a visit to the Natural History Museum in London at age 6 like many other children I became fascinated by the prehistoric.  Grump and the Hairy Mammoth combined my love of reading with this new interest.  There was a series of 3 or 4 books which featured Grump  a caveman and the Hairy Mammoth which I found highly entertaining.


Grump the caveman is always at loggerheads with Herman, the hairy mammoth. He usually wins their encounters – but more by luck than judgement. Derek Sampson has also written “Grump Strikes Back” and “Follow that Pharaoh”.

The first book I remember devouring on a rainy day was Heidi. I sat in a little armchair with the rain pouring down outside one weekend and barely moved until I had turned the last page of my mother’s copy of this delightful book. Although I have a confession to make when I read it to my daughter years later it wasn’t quite as I remembered it, mainly because the religious aspect was much more apparent to my adult self.


what happens when a little orphan girl is forced to live with her cold and frightening grandfather? The heartwarming answer has engaged children for more than a century, both on the page and on the screen. Johanna Spyri’s beloved story offers youngsters an endearing and intelligent heroine, a cast of unique and memorable characters, and a fascinating portrait of a small Alpine village.

This quickly led on to all the other children’s classics and kind relations soon were buying me books as presents instead of toys.  I had them all but The Secret Garden was one of my favourites.  These books were read and re-read at regular intervals right up until I got into my teens.

The Secret Garden

What secrets lie behind the doors at Misselthwaite Manor? Recently arrived at her uncle’s estate, orphaned Mary Lennox is spoiled, sickly, and certain she won’t enjoy living there. Then she discovers the arched doorway into an overgrown garden, shut up since the death of her aunt ten years earlier. Mary soon begins transforming it into a thing of beauty–unaware that she is changing too.But Misselthwaite hides another secret, as mary discovers one night. High in a dark room, away from the rest of the house, lies her young cousin, Colin, who believes he is an incurable invalid, destined to die young. His tantrums are so frightful, no one can reason with him. If only, Mary hopes, she can get Colin to love the secret garden as much as she does, its magic will work wonders on him.


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

12 thoughts on “Musing Mondays (October 7)

    1. Mr Pinkwhistle was just so cool… Regarding re-reading Heidi was the only favourite that really disappointed me but it still didn’t quite eclipse the satisfaction I felt that rainy day on finishing it. I think I was quite a romantic as a youngster 😉


  1. It’s funny how reading a book as an adult can be such a different experience from reading it as a child–as it was with you and Heidi. I loved the book “Harriet the Spy” as a kid and read it many times. When I re-read it as an adult I realized how much of the humor I missed when I was younger-plus quite a bit of the dialogue between adults in the book had gone over my head.
    I’m looking forward to your next “chapter”! 🙂


  2. I dearly loved Pippi Longstocking as a child. I recently decided to re read it and it was a big mistake. Should have left it as it was remembered. I also loved all of Beverly Cleary’s, especially Ramona and Henry and Beezus. I don’t think I’ll re read though.


  3. Oh, I like recalling the books of my childhood, too. I reread some of them in adulthood, and like you, found the religious/moralistic elements to be more prevalent than I had remembered.

    Love the cover of your Heidi….by the same author, I had a book I read as a child called Cornelli. I haven’t seen it anywhere, but it was my mother’s book…and I still have it. Printed in 1921.


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