Thursday, 5 May 2011

Fed up of revision?

Looking for something nice to read between study sessions? Then come and have a look at the Teaching Practice collection in Townhill Library. Our Junior Fiction section has a range of books suitable for ages from children to young adults, so you’re sure to find something to your taste. We have books by Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Anne Fine, Joan Aiken, Mark Twain... The list goes on! Discover a new writer, or revisit an old favourite from childhood. You might find just what you need to unwind and de-stress during this period of assignment deadlines and exam revision. However, if you feel you can’t tear yourself away from your textbooks just at the moment, don’t forget that at the end of term, students who are returning next year will be able to borrow books over the summer vacation. That’ll give you enough time to read the whole series of the Chronicles of Narnia!

What are your favourite books from childhood? Let us know! I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith, is a favourite of mine from our collection. It's a wonderful story of a girl growing up in a dilapidated old castle, surrounded by her eccentric family. I first read it as an adult, though, so I'm not sure it counts!


  1. As I child, I loved Enid Blyton's 'Famous Five' adventure series, as there was plenty of fuel there for my young active imagination! (If I dug them out of my parent's attic now though I'd probably find them a little twee, but it's still tempting to have a re-read!!). I also read and re-read Blyton's 'Naughtiest Girl' series, set in a boarding school, before moving on to the Nancy Drew mystery series. Back to work now before I am overcome by nostalgia!

  2. I loved Enid Blyton too!! The Wishing Chair books were my favourite, pure escapism! I also liked the Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy.

  3. I really enjoyed Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. It's a great adventure story with real tension. You really feel the danger Jim Hawkins faces every step of the way. Also, the Point Horror books were always a favourite when
    I was about 10-13.

  4. Enid Blyton was great at giving children what they want, wasn't she? Islands, smugglers, lots of adventure (but nothing too dangerous!) and all home in time for tea and ginger beer! I think the Faraway Tree books were probably my favourite.