What Inspires?-Old Books

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“Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.”  ~William Hazlitt

I got up before the birds today and decided to do some writing before I have to get Gracie her breakfast and walk her down to the bus stop. Sometimes it’s hard to get up before everyone else, but the wee small hours of the morning seem to be when I do my best work. I’m playing a little game with myself. If I finish the chapter I’m working on by noon, I’m going to treat myself to a little trip to the used book store. I love old books more than almost any other treat. Even chocolate 🙂

Part of what I love is the hunt. We wandered into a used bookstore over the weekend while visiting Stockholm. Books were piled high on every available surface and bookshelves lined the walls from floor to ceiling…books as far as the eye could see….bliss….the store smelled of woodsmoke from it’s only heat source, an old wood burning stove in the corner of the shop. We had a nice conversation about eagles with the gentleman who owns the shop.

Here are a few of my treasures…




My Gladys Taber Collection is growing!

I’ve been collecting her books for 15 years!





Let’s see what I find today…


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  2 comments for “What Inspires?-Old Books

  1. Kimber Dunn
    March 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I am completely with you on this!! I have allergies, and don’t buy old books, but I ADORE walking into bookstores and running my hands over the spines of old hardcover books, admiring the design of the embossed lettering, and the smell. There’s nothing like it!!

  2. March 23, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    don’t let your allergies keep you from buying old books…here’s a little tip: buy them in the summer and put them out on your deck or patio when it’s sunny and hot. use plastic gloves and paper weights to change the pages every so often…just be sure to put them in your garage or shed if there’s rain…a couple days in the sun will kill most allergens 🙂

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