🏛 The Classics Club | The Classic Meme 2.0

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.

What Katy Did 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.

What Katy Did NextIn 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?

12 thoughts on “🏛 The Classics Club | The Classic Meme 2.0

  1. Books I loved and read as a child – The Borrowers, The Wizard of Oz. I also read quite a few Enid Blyton but I imagine these would not win me over these days.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Ah yes, I loved Blyton’s Faraway Tree and Famous Five books as a child, too, but I sadly fear they probably wouldn’t stand up well to a re-read as an adult very well at all! 😅

  2. I love how book covers can bring back cherished memories of books! The Narnia books are favorites, of course, and The Hobbit too as well as some others. For some reason I loved the Little House books as a kid too, although I don’t think I read them all.

    1. Lovely to hear that The Hobbit and Narnia books were childhood favourites for you too, Greg. I haven’t read any of The Little House books, but you’ve reminded me how I loved watched The Little House on the Prairie TV show when I was a child. Maybe now I should give the books a go? 🙂

  3. I loved the Katy books too as a child and, like you, re-read them constantly for a year or two. But I tried to re-read the first one a few years ago, and my adult self couldn’t find the magic! 😦 You might still be able to, though – I’m not good at reading children’s books at all any more, sadly.

    1. Great to hear you loved these as a child too, but I am sorry you couldn’t find the magic when you tried re-reading them as an adult, FF 😔 I can only hope I will fare better if I give them a go, as I have enjoyed a lot of children’s literature as an adult. 🤞

  4. I read several of the classics you mentioned, but I don’t know those you’ve featured in this post. I think some of my favorites were the E.B. White stories, particularly Charlotte’s Web. I still sometimes pull that one off the shelf just to look at my favorite illustrations in it!

    1. It is lovely that you are still able to get joy out of the illustrations in your childhood books, Kelly. However this is when I have to confess, I have never read any of E.B. White’s books… I know, scandalous! 😅

  5. Somehow, I never read What Katy Did, though I read and loved all the other books you mentioned, and even re-read some of them a couple of years ago to see whether they stood up to adult scrutiny. For the most part, they did, though I think nostalgia must have played a part. It would be interesting to see whether you still liked Katy if you read her again now.

    1. Alyson, it is good to hear that many of these childhood classics stood up to adult scrutiny for you and sometimes the nostalgia is the best bit! Seeing as I enjoyed most of these (many for the first time) as an adult, I hope I would still enjoy the What Katy Did series now, too. 🙂

    1. Judy, lovely to hear you enjoyed Little Women, The Secret Garden and The Little Princess over and over as a child. I wish I had had the chance to read them as a child, too. However I equally enjoyed them for the first time as an adult. 😊

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