September 11, 2018

what katy did

How lovely are these??? Last week I showed these beauties off on Instagram, and I had a few more photos to share, and I LOATHE small-typing on Instagram, so I knew I wanted to come back over here and chat a bit more about these books. I'm stupefied that I've never read them before, they look exactly the type of thing that I adore, which is why I bought all three of Susan Coolidge's 'What Katy Did' books about 15 seconds after I laid eyes on them.

HOW PRETTY ARE THESE COVERS??? Resistance was futile, as soon as I saw these. They are just as pretty in person! Apparently if you're a fan of Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, and/or Little Women (hellooooooooo) you will enjoy these stories of an old fashioned plucky girl having adventures and winning people over with her cheery and imaginative demeanor.

In this first book, there's a bit of a hardship that Katy undergoes, and I was very scared that these were going to be Sad Books, but apparently that is not the case. She's ok! I do not want to read any Sad Books right now.

Actually, I don't really like reading Sad Books ever. It's just not my thing. I don't like heavy fiction, or sad fiction, or violent stories. As a chronic anxiety sufferer, I just can't. I only like books that are going to uplift me in some way, and I can only tolerate the most minor of perils in a book. When I was in my late teens I read a lot of Stephen King. I wouldn't touch any of them with a ten foot pole now! I do enjoy old fashioned ghost stories that are more quaintly spooky than scary, but that's about as far as I can go in that department.

I didn't even have a thought or intention of getting these for Julia - these babies were just for me. I wrote on Instagram that I've only just started the first book - but almost instantly in the story, Katy and her siblings go on a picnic and the food is described IN GREAT DETAIL. Molasses tarts anyone? I'm now obsessed with trying to find a recipe.

In the second book, 'What Katy Did at School', she and her sister go off to boarding school! YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT BOARDING SCHOOL BOOKS. If you do not know, please see HERE, and also HERE. I am super pumped for this middle book.

Seriously, look at that cover.

Thirty two rules that Katy must follow at school! Why do I think that not all of those rules will be followed?? Guess what the name of Katy's school chum is. ROSE RED. I love it so much! Why does no one really use the word chum anymore?

And in the last book, 'What Katy Did Next', she is a young lady and is invited on a trip around the world with some family friends. I'm SO EXCITED you guys! I'm going to read these, with tea and gingerbread, and I just can't wait. Are there some books you're excited about?? Sharing is caring! So have you read these? Are you enchanted with these covers? I'm wondering if these are at all reminiscent of the Betsy-Tacy books.


  1. Well now I want to read these books! I'll put them on my wish list. And have you been in touch with Tamiko in England? Her daughter goes to boarding school! xo

    1. I'm not in touch with Tamiko!! I never really knew her very well. Wow about her daughter! Does she love it I wonder? as much as I have An Obsession, part of the reason for that is because boarding school also sounds kind of terrifying! I think I'll be fascinated forever.....

  2. I absolutely want to read these, being a Little House, Little Women and Anne fan. I'm the same way about Sad Books--I have too many depression/anxiety issues to deal with extended Awfulness in my reading (or TV/movie watching). And molasses tarts? Yes, please.

  3. These books are part of my Meaning to read pile, but never acutally read. Maybe because my copies are rather ratty ones from my parents basement. These covers are GORGEOUS.

    And I am so glad I am not the only one sticking to the lighter books. My husband works out of town a lot, and I don't even read Agathe Christies if he isn't there to reassure me there isn't a murder lurking in our basement. As a school librarian, I feel bad that I am not reading ALL THE BOOKS, but when I ask high school students what books they wish there were more of in the library, they all answer "Horror!" with a few shouts of "Sad!" or "Depressing!" Literally. I am not even sure how to find a suitably depressing book. My suggestions were met with "Yes, but then it gets happy, so it isn't really depressing. So much angst.

    Here's to cozy mysteries, boarding house tales, and happy, quiet books!

    1. Oh I love this comment so so much. I too feel great shame at not reading everything I think I should have read by now! Never enough time. I'd have to swear off TV forever which I'm not willing to do HA HA HA. Ugh - the teens can have their sad depressing scary books! Not thanks! Cozy mysteries and happy stories 4-EVERRRRRRRRRRR! xoxoxo