Monday, July 8, 2013
Vintage Books, part two
Last week, I showed you the vintage books hidden away in my son's closet. I really enjoyed hearing about all of the classic stories that made an impression on you guys as children.
Some of you expressed an interest in knowing what books were hidden behind the books in the front rows of my son's bookshelves. So, here they are. I see why these ones were tucked in the back - because I've never read most of them! Many, like these ones above, are adventure stories - dare I call them boys' books?
Like so many of you, I was interested in the strong female characters, like Nancy Drew, Jo in "Little Women" and Anne in "Anne of Green Gables." I admit, however, that I simply overlooked some of these great books my mom gave me, just as my kids overlook them today. For example, I never read "Phronsie Pepper" or any of the books in the "Five Little Peppers" series by Margaret Sidney.
These three, above, I would have read at some point or another. My husband and I once took turns reading "Huckleberry Finn" to our son.
I never read any of these books, which all came from Mom. It's interesting that she had a few books that revolved around nurses. I wonder if she had already decided to become a nurse when she got these, or if they inspired her to go into nursing? Perhaps she can answer that question in the comments below. Look for "anonymous."
"A Little White Flower," the story of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, was given to Mom by her uncle, who was a Catholic priest.
Many of these books have personal inscriptions inside the front cover. I realize that's probably not a good thing for collectors, but I love to read who gave whom a book, and when.
Have you read any of these books? Do you come from a family of readers?
Linking up with these wonderful sites: Sir Thrift A Lot and Hey What's for Dinner Mom? and Knick of Time and The Thrifty Groove and The Cottage Market