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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

You may remember when I moved my desk over so that I could open up the doors. If not you can read it here. I wanted to be able to enjoy looking at the old books inside. 

I love my old books. See those suitcases? They are also filled with old books. I just don't have enough room to display them all. 

I remember the Christmas when I was seven, I got two Nancy Drew books as part of the things I got from Santa. I was so excited and I read those two books in two days. 

I've now started to collect Nancy Drew books.

Several years ago I decided to buy a box of old books at an auction because there was one Nancy Drew book in it. I think I paid $3.00 for the box. Imagine my excitement when I found this book in the box. 

No it isn't a Nancy Drew, but it is a Louisa May Alcott. I love her books and it had quite a surprise inside. 

A note that she had handwritten to her readers. I really cherish this, knowing that she held this book in her hands.

Now about those allergies. I conveniently let it slip my mind about one of the main reasons I closed the doors on my desk. I am allergic to the books. It kind of came back to me when I started feeling pretty bad sitting in my living room. 

Now I have closed the doors again. Aesthetics are great, but the ability to breathe is a bit more important, and I can take one out, dust it off, and enjoy it when I want. 


  1. First, that first photo is just so inviting! I've collected old books for years, especially children's books, but recently have given away hundreds of books due to moving to a smaller living space. And I'm sorry about your allergies. I ordered a book through eBay, but had to discard it due to a musty smell. I like your two horse photos, by the way. The room looks lovely!

  2. Sorry about not being able to keep the doors of the cabinet open. I had all the Nancy Drew collection as a kid too. Loved them. How exciting and special to have the signed copy and special notation in side of Eight Cousins. Have a great week Laura.

  3. Love your desk. So sorry for your allergies. I take Zyrtec every night and it really helps. Hope you have a sneeze-free week, Laura.

  4. Yeah, I know what you mean. This air conditioning mess has my asthma going again. Such a wonderful find with the handwriting from the author!

  5. What a wonderful collection of old books. I love them too. I read all the Nancy Drews as a child too, and have saved a few that my mom saved, and now I have them. My mom's cousins worked at the Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon and so they collected alot of old signed books which I have a few of. They had a complete collection of Louisa May Alcott books which I now have! I haven't looked to see if any are signed and I need to do that. I treasure those and my Nancy Drews. I only have a few, but they bring back such wonderful memories of my love for reading. I also loved the Bobsey Twins! I never thought of that - having allergy problems from the old books. I do notice when I go into many antique stores, I start feeling yucky sometimes, with the must and dust and probably old books! Sometimes I have to leave the store. Have a good week! Marilyn

  6. Hi Laura, such a nice surprise to find that note inside Eight Cousins. I was a tad late for Nancy Drew.

    My first full series of books I read cover to cover was Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I remember them like it was yesterday.

    Better you close the doors then suffer with allergies.



  7. Laura, Your books are true treasures. An amazing find in the 3 dollars box of books. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  8. Beautiful. The signed book found a good home.


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