I’m participating in the Good Books Inc. Scavenger Hunt hosted by the lovely and talented girls over at Padfoot and Prongs. The challenge is to complete 10 different book and reading related challenges within a few months. Today I’m doing challenge #2:
Go to a used book store and find a book with something written in it. Take a picture and send it to us. (Buying the book is optional but you should do it anyway.)
We don’t have a lot of used book stores near us, but the library has a little “Friends of the Library” book shop that sells paperbacks for 50 cents and hardcovers for $1.00. (I totally scored two Tracy Kidder books while there — Among Schoolchildren and Old Friends.) So when my son and I visited the library this past week, I spent quite a few minutes scrounging around in the books looking for something that had been written in one of the books. Well, I hit the mother lode with my find! Not only was it inscribed “To Debbie, Hope you enjoy this. Love, Grammy Giffard,” it was also signed by the author! No way, you say! Yes way! Why would someone leave a book signed by an author in a library used book shop for anyone to walk away with for just 50 cents?
Well, take a look at the book and maybe you’ll understand better. Keep in mind, it wasn’t a first edition but a ninth printing — with more than 60,000 copies in print! (Clearly stated on the book cover.)
I am now the proud owner of “So You’re A Teenage Girl.”
First printed in 1966