I love it when this happens. When I pick up a used book, I can't help but daydream about its former handlers. Did they enjoy the book? Did it keep them company during a bus ride? Did they stay up late to finish it, wide-eyed and nose deep?
Sometimes I get little gems, like Scooby-Doo clues, about previous readers.
My latest purchase included a copy of Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys. Here are some little mysteries I found within:
|This book hails from Connecticut. Hello, New England!|
|A ye olde stampe papere!|
This book likely came after the library went
digital with checkouts, so they never used it.
|Someone cut a corner!|
Did they want a sliver of the pretty purple paper?
|A library receipt from 2008, revealing the other selections|
this patron chose that day. The date for AB is different. A renewal?
They're like stories within stories.
Have you ever found a gem inside something used?