My good friends Nan and Les both recently talked about some 'old' books on their blogs. Nan had received a box of books from a sister-in-law and she shared about it here. She had pictures of her 'new to her' treasures and they looked like treasure indeed. Les recently reread her old copy of Anne of Green Gables and shared that experience here. She also talked about what a treasure that book was to her, how she had moved over and over and included the book each time and had owned it for 50 years. Such wonderful stories and pictures.
It made me think about my own shelves and the books that have traveled with me from house to house. I've collected a number of old copies of books that I enjoyed as a young girl and teen, However, what I'll share today are the 9 books that I've owned for over 50 years - each of them gifted to me by someone special - a relative, a neighbor, a friend from school.
First of all, I'll talk a little about my wonderful parents - neither of whom were readers at all. At all. They both were great and very proud of my love of reading, but....they didn't understand why I needed, craved, wished for books that were my very own. I did not grow up in a house that had a lot of books. We visited the library frequently in my early days, but my folks never considered buying me a book. Never. They were thrifty and frugal and said why would you buy something that you could get for free - even if you had to give it back at the end of the check-out period. So, when I was gifted these books, I read them again and again. I wasn't quite like Gollum in Lord of the Rings, but almost...ha! My precious....
An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
I also bought the sequel to Eight Cousins with my own money probably when I was about 11 or so. It's called Rose in Bloom and I still have that one too. I just discovered when I was looking for a link to the Five Little Peppers - there were 12 books in the Peppers series. I had no idea.
The Charmed Circle by Dorothea J. Snow
Donna Parker On Her Own by Marcia Martin
That Certain Girl by Dorothea J. Snow
These were all teenage girl romance-type books. The Donna Parker series had 7 books, I think. I own 3 of them. I also loved the books by Rosamond du Jardin and Janet Lambert. Both of those authors wrote lots of teen girl growing up stories.
Trixie Belden and the Mystery on the Mississippi by Kathryn Kenny
The Hidden Window Mystery by Carolyn Keene
Robin Kane - The Mystery of Glengary Castle - by Eileen Hill
I'm not sure how many Trixie Belden books there were eventually. I read a bunch of them. And Nancy Drew - I read a lot of those too. I only own a couple of additional Nancy Drew books, but at one point I thought about buying the whole set. I loved Robin Kane too, but I don't think those books were quite as well known. There were only 6 and I own all of them. I've picked them up at various places selling older books.
So, there you go. My oldest books. Thanks for joining me on my trip down memory lane. What are your oldest books and what did you like to read as a kid? I'd love to know.