So Much More Than Just The Secret Garden
September 6, 2016
Ready, Set, GO! Can you read them all?
There are very few books that conjure up big, wide, grinning smiles from 7 year olds and 70 year olds like The Secret Garden. The idea of a locked away garden being found and brought back to life is a story about loss and fear turned on its head by hope and magic.
And many would be surprised to know that The Secret Garden, was not very popular when it was first published towards the end of her career in 1911. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t even mentioned in her obituary in 1924 in The Times. But today, The Secret Garden tops the list of favorite classic children’s books by readers around the world.
Frances was actually most well-known during her lifetime for her two other best-selling books Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess, but wrote more than 60 books, 1000 short stories and 15 plays, and mostly for an adult audience.
It’s my goal to read each and every one, so don’t read alone…READ ALONG!
Below is an incomplete list (still missing about 7 or so) of the books written by Frances Hodgson Burnett with links to Amazon where they can be purchased when available. So jump in and get one started today!
- That Lass o’ Lowrie’s (1877)
- Surly Tim and Other Stories (1877)
- Theo (1877)
- Dolly (1877) retitled as Vagabondia (1883)
- Pretty Polly Pemberton (1877)
- Kathleen (1878)
- Miss Crespigny (1878)
- A Quiet Life and The Tide on the Moaning Bar (1878)
- Our Neighbour Opposite (1878)
- Jarl’s Daughter and other stories (1878)
- Natalie and other Stories (1879)
- A Woman’s Will or Miss Defarge (1888)
- Children I Have Known or Giovanni and the Others (1892)
- Lindsay’s Luck (1878)
- Haworth’s (1879)
- Louisiana (1880)
- A Fair Barbarian (1881)
- Esmerelda (1881)
- Through One Administration (1883)
- Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886)
- A Little Princess, Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin’s (1888)
- Editha’s Burglar: A Story for Children (1888)
- The Fortunes of Philippa Fairfax (1888)
- The Pretty Sister of José (1889)
- The Drury Lane Boys’ Club (1892)
- The One I Knew the Best of All: A Memory of the Mind of a Child (1893)
- Little Saint Elizabeth, and Other Stories (1893)
- Two Little Pilgrims’ Progress. A Story of the City Beautiful (1895)
- A Lady of Quality (1896)
- In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim (1899)
- The Making of a Marchioness (1901)
- The Land of the Blue Flower (1904)
- The Troubles of Queen Silver-Bell (1906)
- Racketty-Packetty House (1906)
- The Shuttle (1907)
- The Good Wolf (1908)
- The Secret Garden (1911)
- My Robin (1912)
- T. Tembarom (1913)
- The Lost Prince (1915)
- The Little Hunchback Zia (1916)
- The White People (1917)
- The Head of the House of Coombe (1922)
- Robin (1922) – sequel to The Head of the House of Coombe
- The Captian’s Youngest or Piccino and Other Child (1894)
- His Grace of Osmonde (1897)
- The Methods of Lady Walderhurst (1901)
- In the Closed Room (1905)
- The Dawn of Tomorrow (1906)
- The Cozy Lion (1907)
- Spring Cleaning (1907)
- Barty Crouse and His Man Saturday (1909)
- In the Garden (1925)
Below are the ones I have read so far:
By the Book:
The Secret Garden, A Little Princess,
and I think I read The Cozy Lion, Racketty Packetty House,
and The Trouble with Queen Silver Bell when I was young…but planning to re-read those.
Little Lord Fauntleroy, Land of the Blue Flower,
The Lost Prince, The Making of a Marchioness, and The Methods of Lady Walderhurst
Currently Reading: The One I Knew Best of All
If the list looks daunting…comment below and I would be happy to recommend a few books to start you off right!
FHB and Especially Me
Let’s Chat About It:
How many have you read? Which was your favorite? Which will you read next?