Hello my fellow bookworms and classic clubbers, I am happy to bring to you today the 2020 reboot of The Classics Club’s popular monthly meme. There is no pressure to join in, as we all know how busy and stressful life is at the moment for many people, but if you feel like it, the idea is to have fun, talk classics and get a little social. So without further ado, here is the latest topic for us to ponder:
Discuss the classics you read as a child.
Who introduced you to them?
Which ones were you favourites?
Do you still reread them as an adult? Why? Why Not?
If you are a regularly reader of this blog, you will know my huge love of the children’s classics: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson and The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit. However I read all of these for the first time as an adult! Classics I did read as a child and still adore, include: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. However I often re-read these, as comfort favourites, and so I also often discuss them. Instead, for this prompt, I felt pulled to discuss those classics I loved as a child but have sadly forgotten over the years.
So I racked my memory and remembered, when I was about eight-years-old, I was absolutely in love with Susan M Coolidge’s charming classics, What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next: a delightful coming-of-age series. What Katy Did follows the adventures of twelve-year-old Katy Carr and her family, who live in the fictional lakeside Ohio town of Burnet in the 1860s. Then What Katy Did Next continues Katy’s adventures, as a young woman she is invited to spend a whole year in Europe with family friends.
In fact, I was so in love with these books, I re-read them continuously for a year or so, and one of those years, I went dressed as Katy Carr for World Book Day at my primary school. However my mini-obsession went as quickly as it had come. I have sadly never read them since and I don’t even know where my copies of these briefly cherished books went. Just looking up the covers for my original copies (pictured courtesy of Goodreads) has brought back some lovely memories and got me hankering for a re-read!
If you do a post for this month’s meme, then please do feel free to share a link in the comments below, so we can come check it out! For now though, I must say goodbye, adieu, ciao! Hopefully won’t be long till we’re back here discussing another classics topic! 👋🏛📚😃
Now over to you: Have you ever read What Katy Did or What Katy Did Next? Are there any childhood classics that you have forgotten about?