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I also adore old worn books I have a few of my own and they are the most treasured out of a very large and varied collection. I loved your post and I am getting a real yen to have a peek at those fairy books!


I'm addicted to all the books. Reference books, religion, astrology, history books I love old hard bounds, but the Gutenberg Project and a 32GB sim card allow me to horde e-copies like a dragon. Adore the cover of the blue fairy book.


I am a complete and utter old book addict! The older, the better. I recently acquired a 100 year old copy of The British Museum- It's History and Treasures. It is inscribed with the previous owner's name and the date the book was acquired in the most beautiful florid script. The book is in near perfect condition.

I have an 1890 edition of Glimpses of Old English Homes by Elizabeth Balch and an 1860 edition of Jewitt's Stately Homes of England.

I love the language of these books and all of the interesting little bits of information you won't read anywhere else.

Betty Hamilton

My book passion is Historical Romance and I have 5 book cases full and over flowing of them. I also have 13 large storage bins full and sitting in my closets. I am an avid reader who hates to part with the books that I have enjoyed. There is always a chance that I will want to read that particular book again.... and I do!


Love of books runs in my family. My mom passed away about a year ago.. I donated over 200 books to the local Red Cross [they do a huge book/media sale annually.] Those were the ones I didn't keep...

Ella Quinn

I love research and books. Because of where I live, I've gone to pdf versions when I can, and I don't have a library around that is helpful with my Regency research.

Cathy P

I love romance books. and have several bookcases and boxes full. Some of them from the 70's-80's. I also love old and new fairytales in romance books.

Cathy P

PS: I also have some very old books from my grandparents days that I love to read.


I love old books too. I still have my favorites from childhood - all the Baum and Thompson Oz books, Robert Heinlein, Mara Daughter of the Nile, Andre Norton, Georgette Heyer and lots more. One particular one was a gift from my brother and even though it's falling apart, they'll pry that one out of my cold dead fingers. I think the oldest book I have is a 1903 reprint of The Wizard of Oz, with the color plates (no, I didn't buy it new :)

I look in them once in a while, but I keep them mostly as nostalgia for the kid I used to be, the way the world was, and the family I had then.

I didn't get into regencies until the mid 80s, and I formed the habit of putting them in plastic keeper boxes so the air wouldn't turn them brown. All those lovely bright covers still look new. I am going back through the boxes now to reread favorites and see if I still have the same reaction to them. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't, but I always have respect & appreciation for the craft that went into the writing of them.

Mary Jo Putney

Susan, dangling these lovely books and library images in front of a bunch of readers is like teasing a dog with a steak! I want them ALL! I'd not even heard of your armchair Indiana Jones, and now I want to meet him. Among others!

Jo Banks

Books ah bliss!!I am sitting in a room surrounded by books,a complete set of Georgette Heyer,a shelf of history text books various,heaps of historical romances that one day I intend to read again if I ever catch up with the ever increasing heap of new ones I have yet to devour.And then there are the old ones collected over years of junk sales charity shop visits and second hand book shop visits Leather bound copies of Scotts Ivanhoe and The Talisman ,Cowpers poems volumes one and two and weirdest of all a 1717 (I think if I have read the roman numerals right)copy of Paridise Lost I acquired whilst studying it for A Level many moons ago!I think you could safely say I am addicted to the things!

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