Welcome to my feature, Pastime Pleasures, posted every other Friday. Today is the turn of Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton.
Here I will look at books that have given me great pleasure in the past. These are books I can read over and over again. The only rule is that the book must have been published five or more years ago.
This is the first book I ever read that was not a school book, it was for pure enjoyment. And it is because of this book that I have loved reading and become a bit of a bookworm. Therefore no matter what it holds a special place in my heart. As an eight year old I was extremely jealous of Julian, Dick, George and Anne going off on adventures, rowing and hanging out on their own private island. They also had Timmy a lovable and loyal mongrel who definitely understood what the humans were saying. The famous five have no adults to boss them about and have lots of ginger beer which, when I was eight, sounded marvelous fun – oh who am I kidding it still sounds fun now.
They also have a little adventure – they end up staying on the island for a few days and then along the way there is a storm, and they take shelter in the ruined castle and somehow find treasure. I remember it being very exciting at the time and I longed for a really adventure rather than the ones I had to imagine.