Lots of reading goes on in this house! (I've mentioned this before - see '10 of our best' in a previous post.) Everywhere we go we seem to acquire books - car boot sales, charity shops, libraries, borrowed from friends, 'borrowed' from family (often on an extremely long-term basis, oops, sorry.) I say 'we' but I think I actually have a serious problem. I can't escape the compulsive urge to rescue books, normally from charity shops and particularly those generally aimed at children. (Is having at least three copies of The Jolly Postman really necessary? I would say yes (easy to lose the bits) but probably not really.) Ebay is slowly clawing it's way into a regular appearance on our bank statements as I currently hunt high and low for vintage 'Topsy and Tim' books published by Blackie in the 1960s-80s (the modern illustrations aren't so hot in my humble opinion) - I wistfully dream of unearthing a treasure trove of such beauties at a car boot sale where someone wants to sell me the lot for 20p but sadly, I don't think this is ever going to happen. We do have all the 'old' unPC Noddies too now - some accidental duplicates there too - and having been up into my parents' loft and retrieved some of my old story books, I am currently skipping with the small boy to Milly Molly Mandy's house, gasping in horror at My Naughty Little Sister and snuggling up with Haffertee Hamster, amongst other things. It is such fun! You can't beat a good story.
Here are some of our present favourites: