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January 6, 2013

This afternoon Trout and I picked up a bunch of vegetables and a few other ingredients for dinner from our favourite shop, Taj. On the way we bumped into some friends – this is one of the main reasons that I love Brighton. There is almost always a friendly face waiting for you around the corner.

Once we came home and unpacked the food, I sat down on the sofa to read some more of my book. After thirty minutes or so I saw a thin piece of paper poking out of the book jacket, and investigated. I pulled lightly on the paper and eased it out. Four or five other slips of paper followed it, each with a handwritten sentence scrawled on the front.

I do love random finds like this. I wonder in what mind the person who read this book before me was in. Did they intend to leave the personal notes? Were they crying when they read the book? Were they happy when they wrote the notes? How long had it been since they were happy? Had they forgotten?

Have you ever found anything in a library book?

19 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2013 5:40 pm

    OH WOW! That is amazing! I find those finds utterly mesmerizing! I like to think they were left for the next reader to bring them thoughts, memories, and a smile. Utterly amazing….

    p.s I am so jealous of you living in Brighton… one of my most fave places in the world.

    scribbs xxx

  2. January 6, 2013 5:46 pm

    When I worked in the library, I used to leave notes for people all the time! I liked imagining where there were when the found them, how they respond, and what they would do to continue the process. You need to leave a note for someone now!

  3. Chris permalink
    January 6, 2013 6:19 pm

    I found a note in the back of a copy of Shoeless Joe (field of dreams) about “Secret Goldfish” (in Shoeless Joe the writer is JD Salinger and in his book Catcher in the Rye Secret Goldfish is a story written by his older brother)

  4. January 6, 2013 8:04 pm

    What a lovely discovery. I should start leaving notes- as I can only imagine how nice it is to find one with a sweet message :) Practically all the books I get out of the university library are filled with scrawls, usually pretty dull but occasionally some funny comments come up!

    • January 7, 2013 10:58 am

      I never understood why people write study notes on the actual pages of books, though!

  5. Aja permalink
    January 6, 2013 10:53 pm

    I always like finding little stuff in library books. I think I’m going to start leaving stuff in books now.

    • January 7, 2013 10:59 am

      I’ve only really found shopping lists or scrappy bookmarks. This beats those!

  6. January 7, 2013 12:16 am

    How sweet, a lovely idea, can’t wait to get down to Brighton :-)

  7. January 7, 2013 3:02 pm

    Awh that is sad..I hope they are okay whoever left them <3 I've never found anything more exciting than revision notes in any of my books hahaa! xx

  8. makedospend permalink
    January 7, 2013 8:06 pm

    What a great discovery! I wonder if it was written for the person who penned it, or intended to be found by the next reader.

    This week on our blog we’re writing a letter a day to various people – I think one of mine will have to be to a complete stranger – perhaps by tucking it in to a library book!

    • January 9, 2013 2:30 pm

      That’s such a lovely idea! And a library book fits the brief perfectly x

  9. January 11, 2013 10:43 pm

    kinda sad and kinda cool……as interesting as a story itself….maybe from such notes a whole new story unfolds….


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