Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Joining In

I loved joining clubs when I was young and still have the badges to remind me of the excitement of getting a certificate or newsletter through the post, and the sense of belonging to a big community where everyone loves the same things that you do.

In these internet day I've recently rediscovered that joy of belonging through various websites and forums. I've been rummaging around the world wide web over the last few weeks trying to expand my knowledge about children's books, one of my favourite genres.

I've been amazed by the wealth of knowledge that collectors of children's books have and are willing to share with others in their groups and on their forums. 

Here are a couple that I've found:

The Enid Blyton Society

The New Chalet Club - Chalet School Books.

This society also has a lovely Facebook group.

I love reading the posts in Facebook groups and on forums - I think they can build connections between people with common interests and allow you to dip in and out if you're busy with other things or have longer discussions on a topic if you've got some time to chat.

And there are obviously some wonderful friendships that have built up over the years of sharing the books they love.

I'd love to hear about your experiences of joining in online. Have you got any favourite websites, book groups or forums you like to follow?


  1. Hi Ruth, blogging has really opened up the world for me. I’ve found so many like-minded people who have become firm friends.

    You may already know about these but if not you might find them interesting.

    1. Thanks Barbara. Those links look great.

      I love Malcolm Saville although I didn't discover him 'til I was an adult and looking at the list on that website I think there are still quite a few of his books that I haven't read. I had no idea he had written so many!

  2. Hello Ruth, I just wanted to call in and thank you for the comment left at my blog. I hope you are busy in the shop and enjoying a little free time too. Barbara