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Top Ten Tuesday: Forgotten Classics

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's theme is Ten Hidden Gem Books in X Genre. I've decided go for classics, so I'm listing ten older books that have been mostly forgotten or that I think should be better known:

A Cathedral Courtship by Kate Douglas Wiggin
A sweet romantic tale combined with a tour of English cathedrals

The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte Mary Yonge
A tragic Victorian bestseller

White Boots by Noel Streatfeild
A story about family, friendship, and ice skating

The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
Six children determine to restore their family's fortunes - but things don't really go according to plan

Seven Sisters at Queen Anne's by Evelyn Smith
Seven sisters go off to school for the first time,

Half Magic by Edward Eager
A magic coin that only grants half of what you wish for - what could possibly go wrong?

Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery
I've reviewed this recently here.

Young Bess by Margaret Irwin
An entertaining novel about the young Elizabeth I

The Silent Shore by Ruth Elwin Harris
The first in a series about four sisters set during and after World War I

The Girls of St. Wode's by L.T. Meade
A story about six girls at college in the late 1800s


  1. I don't read many classics (shame on me!), so I haven't even heard of most of these. I'm glad they're being read by someone :)

    Happy TTT!

  2. I always meant to read White Boots but never got around to it!
    My TTT:

    1. It's good - you should read it sometime!

  3. Half Magic!!! I read it for the first time as an adult, and now I've read it aloud to my kids, and two of them have read it themselves, and dude, that is an awesome book. I'm particularly amused by the half-talking cat, Carrie. My kids and I may or may not go around saying, "Iddle-widdle Bax Bix!" to each other now and then...

    1. I read it earlier this year; I actually think I might have first come across it on your blog. It was a pretty fun read :)

  4. I haven't heard of any of these, EXCEPT I think I have read The Story of the Treasure Seekers. Or possibly had it read to be when I was a child. Or maybe I'm thinking of The Wouldbegoods, which I think is E Nesbit too? *ahem*

    Anyway, I'm a tad obsessed with cathedrals, so that first one sounds pretty great, and Half Magic is intriguing! The Girls of St Wode's also sounds lovely -- at a time when not many women reached higher education, I can envisage an empowering story of female friendship!

    1. The Wouldbegoods is the sequel to The Story of the Treasure Seekers (although I haven't read it yet), so it might have been the one you read. There are two more books as well but they are very obscure :)


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