Have you ever heard the phrase, “oldies but goodies?” I think that this is used more nowadays because of how many people focus on the new and not the old. Sometimes, the old can be exactly the same as the new, or perhaps even better. Books are a perfect example, so, in this post, I am going to be sharing my favourite books that were published in years gone by.
What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
This story is about a family whose eldest child is called Katy. She is very mischievous and is always getting in trouble. One day, she quarrels with her aunt and pushes her little sister down the stairs. Afterwards, sulky and miserable, Katy decides to try out the new swing in the woodshed although Aunt Izzie has forbidden it. Katy swings as high as she can and then, as she tries to graze the roof with her toes, the staple gives way. She falls hard, bruising her spine.
Although this is a battered book, it is still an amazing tale and has a beautiful meaning behind it.
The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm by Norman Hunter
This book contains multiple different stories that are all focused on one character, Professor Branestawm. He is an absent-minded professor is oblivious to the chaos his crazy creations cause when they go wrong.
I got this book as a present after watching the BBC Adaptation. I find that this book is so well written and is great as a light read when you don’t want to think too much. This version of the book also has some incredible illustrations which add to the marvellous storyline.
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
The Railway Children is about three children who live in a respectable suburban villa with a wonderful mother and father and a cook and servants until one-day great disgrace and poverty befall them. They are forced to move and mysteriously their father disappears. In their new house, they get up to lots of adventures and make lots of friends, in particular, a man who they only know because of the train that passes nearby.
I’m not sure how old my copy of the book is but the story will forever live on. I cannot describe how much I love this book for its humour and goodwill.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca’s narrative takes the form of a flashback. The heroine, who remains nameless, lives in Europe with her husband, Maxim de Winter, travelling from hotel to hotel, harbouring memories of a beautiful home called Manderley, which, we learn, has been destroyed by fire. The story begins with her memories of how she and Maxim first met, in Monte Carlo, years before. The story continues on with her previous adventures and what happened.
I do remember struggling with this one when I first read it but once I got into it, it was a superb read.
Alice in Wonderful by Lewis Carroll
Alice is sitting with her sister outdoors when she spies a White Rabbit with a pocket watch. Fascinated by the sight, she follows the rabbit down the hole. She falls for a long time and finds herself in a long hallway full of doors. She discovers an entire world beneath and gets into a huge adventure.
I’m not actually a huge fan of fantasy but this book is the perfect blend and has a beautiful plot.
So, they were my favourite classic novels. I do have more and hopefully, I can eventually share them all with you.