Jun 7, 2019

Book Blogger Hop

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This week's question is: What's the oldest work (by publication date) you've read? (submitted by Nicki @ Nicki J. Markus/Asta Idonea)
MY ANSWER: Well, looking over what I have in my "classics" section, my fairy tales are the oldest! The Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve was published (according to Google) in 1740, another source told me 1753, so we're looking at the mid 1700s! Grimm wasn't until the early 1800s and The Count of Monte Cristo was 1844, so The Beauty and the Beast is the oldest among my collection!

Non-fairy tale wise that's to my best estimate, L.J. Smith's The Awakening, the first installment in The Vampire Diaries!

According to Goodreads it was published in 1991. I even have this very cover! I love the retro look the 90s covers had! I treasure these so much! All the other L.J. Smith books I read seem to have released after this series. So this is my oldest novel that I have!


  1. The original fairy tales were pretty awesome reads! :)

  2. Book Blogger Hop Participant

    Great books, Jessica. Like you I had a look on my Goodreads shelf and it’s my 1988 copy Sourcery (Discworld #5) by Sir Terry Pratchett but I was reading books before I discovered Goodreads 😉 and was forever picking up old books from my local charity shops – it’s where I found my little copy of A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that was published in the early 1900s, the 1970’s paperback copies of Dennis Wheatley’s The Devil Rides Out and my treasured 1930’s copy of Dion Fortune’s The Sea Priestess.

    However, I have also read a loved an number of William Shakespeare's classics - A Midsummer Night's Dream is probably my favourite.

    Flora x
    My BBH Post

  3. Actually a really interesting question. I think the oldest story I have read would be the Bible, but if we are talking by publication date, it would most likely be my Hans Christian Andersen fairytale book from my childhood.

  4. I've read a lot of old books. The Bible? The History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours was published in 590, that one's pretty old too. I have some books my grandma gave me that the copy I own was from the early 1900s/1890s.

    Fairy tales are pretty old too!

  5. The oldest thing on my Goodreads is The Republic. But I've read older works.

  6. Mine is Theogony by Hesiod. We had to study Latin in high school so my oldest reading comes from there. Have a nice week!!


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