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The Secret of the Old Clock | Carolyn Keene
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Nancy Drew solves her first mystery when the accidental rescue of a little girl who lives with her two great-aunts leads on an adventurous search for a missing will.
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Day 8 - Old favorite

I used to love Nancy Drew books. My mom and I would look for them at garage sales and she‘d buy them for me at Sam‘s Club. (pic from Google)


ravenlee My daughter is a Nancy fiend! 1mo
Soubhiville I loved them too! 1mo
DGRachel Ugh. I wish I still had mine. They were victim to a downsizing culling and one of the few sets of books that I truly regret letting go. 1mo
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Late night #riotgrams

I thought about stacking up all my yellow books and then remembered my Nancy Drew shelf #itwasallyellow

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I just finished Sing Unburied Sing and it wrecked my heart. I didn't know books could be so sad and beautiful at the same time. 💔💔💔 I can't read another sad book so soon after this one so I'm diving into something on the lighter side.

Confession: I never read Nancy Drew as a kid. I read a different girl detective series (see comments 👇). Time to see what I missed out on! 🔍

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ohhhh I love Sing 💔❤️ 2mo
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1. “Best of My Love” by The Emotions. I don‘t remember this at all.
2. ♍️ Virgo
3. The people who collectively were Carolyn Keene.
4. Everybody play!
Thanks for the tag, @Karkar ! #wondrouswednesday

ProfReader Best of My Love is a jam!!! 3mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗🌸 3mo
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I read this one aloud to the girls, and while the writing is a little clunky in a few spots (lots of repetitive adjectives), they loved the mystery, and I was impressed all over again at Nancy‘s smarts and skills — I mean, she changed a tire, and fixed a boat, and bravely tracked down thieves! All in a lovely summer sweater suit. #howjessreadsin2019

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Whenever I'm at a library sale, I try to pick up a #childhoodfavorite or two for the Toddlersaurus to read one day. #SpringIntoReading

LeslieO Harriet the Spy is my favorite from my childhood! 3mo
jmtrivera @LeslieO It's so good! I hope my daughter enjoys these as much as I do! 3mo
vkois88 Same!!! 3mo
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BookNAround The Secret Wisdom of the Earth was so good! (edited) 5mo
Blueberry @BookNAround yes it was! Tied for my favorite book with The Silver Linings Playbook the year I read it. 5mo
vkois88 Yes! Chamber of Secrets is soooo good 5mo
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“She found nothing useful, however the #cloud of dust which she had stirred up made breathing even more difficulty than before.” #QuotsyFeb19 #NancyDrew

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4 hours into #24in48 and I'm moving on to book 2!

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I didn‘t read these as a kid (Bobbsey Twins and Cam Jansen were my speed), but I have really enjoyed reading these to my daughter. I read this on my own - we reread it together a few months ago - as number 2 for #nancydrewchallenge

Does it work as a modern story? Of course not. But it‘s a good intro to mysteries and doesn‘t get into bad language, misbehavior, or sophomoric humor. A plus in my book.

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It‘s been years since I last read a Nancy Drew book. I had never read the first book in the series, so I was excited to find a copy on Overdrive. Revolving around the search for a revised will that would benefit a deceased man‘s most destitute relatives, this book‘s mystery was engaging. My only critique would be that Nancy as a character seems much too good to be true. This was the ‘50‘s revised edition, & I‘d love to read the ‘30‘s original.

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Revisiting an old favorite is always a good idea. Nine year old me's greatest aspiration was to drive a blue convertible and solve mysteries. I can't say this story held up over the years, but it gave me the nostalgic feels I wanted. Laura Linney does a lovely job with the narration.

Rachbb3 Nice! I've been thinking about rereading these lately, Sweet Valley High too. Lol. 9mo
sammisho @Rachbb3 I think it would be hilarious to reread SVH...there is no way those have held up! 😂😂😂 9mo
Rachbb3 I think much eye rolling will be going on. 🙄😂 9mo
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Kaylamburson Have you guys been listening to the SSR Podcast? Tuesday‘s episode was about SVH and Nancy Drew was a few weeks ago! Dives into favorites from childhood and sees how they hold up now. @Rachbb3 @sammisho 9mo
Rachbb3 @Kaylamburson I'm going to have to check it out! 9mo
Kaylamburson Yeah, it‘s super fun!! @Rachbb3 9mo
sammisho @Kaylamburson No I haven't heard of that! Sounds like fun! 9mo
Kaylamburson @ahoffkosik runs it and posts about her episodes on her page each week!! @sammisho 9mo
ahoffkosik Thanks for the shoutout @Kaylamburson! Let me know what you think, @sammisho! 9mo
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1 Nancy Drew all the way!
2 I can‘t decide.. so both it is.. preferably homemade
none of that store bought stuff please
3 Cross stitching & Scrapbooking while listening to
an #audiobook of course! 😊
4 St Thomas, US Virgin Islands or Scotland
5 @Woodchuc67 @SquidgetsRoom

Thanks for the tag @CocoReads 😊. Looks like our reading choices were similar at a very early age! 🤓


CocoReads Seems like we definitely had the same tastes! Still do, I think. 9mo
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#manicmonday @JoScho

📚 Can I use Nancy Drew?
📚 Celeste Ng
📺🎬 Uh....

sudi Love Nancy Drew 💖 9mo
LaLecture Celeste Ng is amazing! The only author of whom I every read a second book and thought it was just as great as the first one I‘ve read. 9mo
JoScho 💜💛💜 9mo
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder @sudi she's the best! 9mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @LaLecture I still haven't read her! 😕 9mo
tammysue I love Nancy Drew. Great pick! 9mo
Guildedearlobe Do you need a mystery solved? Then you can use Nancy Drew. 9mo
LaLecture @RestlessFickleBookHoarder Oh, I thought the purpose of this picture was to post your favourites starting with N 😅. Anyway, I can highly recommend her novels! 9mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @LaLecture it is, but sometimes I fudge it a little. Otherwise I'd be weeks behind trying to come up with favorites. 🙄 9mo
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My mom sent me my surviving Nancy drew books a couple of years back and I'm so happy to have them. I read them all multiple times. These days I find them unbearable to read but they're still picks due to the happiness they gave me in childhood. I was also a Trixie Belden girl as you can see, but Nancy was my first love. #firstseriesyoueverread #allthebookssept18 @TheReaderBee @Loriimagination

KathyWheeler I haven‘t read Nancy Drew as an adult — mostly because I‘m afraid I‘d find them unbearable and I don‘t want to. 10mo
Purrfectpages I used to have this set as a hand me down too! 10mo
bernadette I remember borrowing that same set from the library. I haven't tried to revisit them with my daughters yet - they like more fantasy adventure - but a little sad to hear they don't hold up since I loved them so much. 10mo
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I don‘t have a #bookishtee, but if I did it would be this one! #readingresolutions

UglyOldBat Ooh cool! 10mo
DarcysMom Love it! 😍😍😍 10mo
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Yes, it‘s sideways. I‘m hopeless with photos. Anyway, I was challenged by @obviateit to post 10 days of books that changed my life. This is #Day1 - Nancy Drew is what first really sucked me into a story and blew my love of reading into obsession. In summer months, I‘d read them over and over. My mom couldn‘t buy them fast enough to keep up with my need to read them all! Nancy Drew books will always have a special place in my heart. ❤️

Jaimelire I was obsessed with Nancy Drew ❤️ 12mo
Laura317 @Jaimelire I may still be. 🤣 12mo
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This is currently packed up somewhere but I have several of my mom‘s old books that she gave to me including this one. I also have a bunch from my childhood including Goosebumps and Box Car Kids. #childhoodbook #24in48

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Frock. Luncheon. Roadster.
Some of my favorite words from the older 1930s Nancy Drew texts.
Did you know that the texts have been revised? They cut out 5 chapters of the early books sometime in the 70s to save on printing costs.
I enjoyed rereading this story, this time from the 1950s tweed edition - it has the full text and some great illustrations (R) compared to the revised edition (BL).
#readathon #nancydrew #oldbooks #vintage #24in48 @24in48

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I found a secret inside The Secret of the Old Clock I got today. Isn't it precious? 😍📚 #oldbooks

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NANCY DREW IS IN THE HOUSE! Someone in a Facebook group I was in was looking to get rid of their set (~1-55) so I snatched it up. I adore this super sleuth. I also love the video games. Can't wait to add these to my own collection (I have some very old early editions - they talk about "The Great War" ? - and some of the books numbered 100 and up, shout-out to Scholastic Book Order). My husband even said we could get a new bookcase for them! ??

robinb I am totally a little jealous here....❤️ her! 12mo
Reviewsbylola What a great find!! 12mo
bookandcat @robinb @reviewsbylola thanks I'm so excited! 12mo
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MicheleinPhilly I had this complete set as a kid. My dad gave them away when my parents got divorced. 😒 I‘m still salty about it. 12mo
LalaM ❤️❤️❤️@bookandcat (edited) 12mo
bookandcat @LalaM ❤️ 12mo
MicheleinPhilly It‘s OK. He‘s a dick anyway. 12mo
LalaM I‘m so sorry that happened @MicheleinPhilly 12mo
ravenlee 😲😄👍 12mo
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In the latest episode of my podcast (out today!), fellow Brooklyn-based writer Kase Wickman and I dive into the first book in the Nancy Drew series, The Secret of the Old Clock. This was Kase‘s first experience reading Nancy Drew, and her reaction (to some!) might surprise you. Check out the link in my bio or search The SSR Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play to listen!

StephanieSays The Nancy Drew series is so important to me! Definitely going to check out the podcast. Have you ever played any of the Nancy Drew PC games? 12mo
ahoffkosik @StephanieSays i don‘t think so! But that sounds like something that would be up my alley! 12mo
StephanieSays @ahoffkosik just binged every episode of SSR, and it‘s so great! All of your guests are so interesting, and I love the concept of the show. In addition to that, I‘m also from suburban PA and spent every summer at the Jersey Shore and loved Sloppy Firsts in part because of that. 11mo
StephanieSays @ahoffkosik Also, I just moved to NYC, and I‘m curious how you found your book club. I‘ve been trying to find one as a way to read more and make friends in this new city, but I haven‘t had any success finding one with people my age. 11mo
ahoffkosik @StephanieSays sounds like we have so much in common! Thank you for listening to the show. It makes me so happy to hear you‘re loving it and finding it bingeworthy :) and welcome to NYC! We built the book club up from scratch out of a really small group of friends, and over time brought in another person every few months. If you find even one person at work or something you can connect with, i think that‘s a good place to start! 11mo
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I can‘t help it, I immediately thought of ND 😆 #clocks #readingresolutions @Jess7

BookaholicNatty Yesssss I would of too!!!! 12mo
Crazeedi 💖💜❤😍 Nancy and Ned! 12mo
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This was my first time reading a Nancy Drew book. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I'm usually not one for mysteries, but this was fun. It was a bit too optimistic for my liking, but whatever it worked. 3.5 out of 5.

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I still love Nancy Drew. She‘s brave, generous, resourceful, & all around amazing! I‘m sure she‘s the reason mysteries are my favorite genre. #childhoodfavorite #booked2018
The endpapers and the book cover on the right are from my mom‘s copy that she had as a kid.

QuietlyLaura I love Nancy Drew, too! I listen to the books on audio as comfort reads. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great pick! 1y
SledgeReader @Pamwurtzler This is the stuff of childhood memories! Nancy rocks! 1y
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Avanders I can't believe I've never read a Nancy Drew! 😳😳 I have some on the shelves though, to rectify the shame.... 1y
Pamwurtzler @Avanders pick one up! They‘re so fun to read! 1y
Cinfhen Nice to know Nancy still has it!!!! 😉 1y
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I'm a few days late, but things happen. Regardless - I love Nancy.

SilversReviews LOVE Nancy Drew. 1y
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Millie Benson became #famous under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene as the author of the Nancy Drew books. I found this short biography of her at our Ohioana book convention and I‘m anxious to read it and find out why she couldn‘t write her books as Millie Benson. #aprella

batsy Ooh, that looks interesting! 1y
Austen_Nerd I loved Nancy Drew!! That would be interesting!! 1y
Cinfhen Very interesting!! And great photo 💙 1y
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Reviewsbylola That biography looks good! 1y
emilyhaldi I didn't know she wrote under a pseudonym!! Interesting 🧐 1y
Samplergal I will have to find that one. I devoured those books as a kid. The librarian would call my mother to tell her when they received a new one. My grandmother would buy me one when we went shopping so at one point I had 20 or more. 1y
Mdargusch Very cool @Samplergal I hope you still have them! 1y
Mdargusch Me either @emilyhaldi so I just had to buy this book! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
LeahBergen This sounds so good 👍🏻 1y
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This gem just came up in my memories posts list (from two years ago!) On Facebook - originally shared on the Nancy Drew Games page 😂😂 still one of my faves. What, you haven't read it? 😂😂 #nancydrew #alternatebooktitles

Reviewsbylola 🤣🤣🤣 1y
Austen_Nerd 😁😅😂🤣💖 1y
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somebooksaround 🙌🙌 Definite classic! 1y
SilversReviews Ohhhh...loved these books. 1y
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I loved this. I wanted something cheesy and light hearted and that's exactly what #nancydrew is. I loved that it was a mystery mystery not a #whodoneut. It's very 1950's but it was fun and kept me entertained in the car! #winterreads #teenmysteryqueen

ReadingSusan Yeessss. I didn‘t know they were on audiobook! 1y
introvertedbooks @ReadingSusan me either until I looked at my library. Laura Linnely reads them. They are fantastic! 1y
Samplergal I read a Nancy Drew book every week as a kid. My librarian would save me one I hadn't read. 1y
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introvertedbooks @Samplergal that's awesome. I never read them as a kid but my mom says she has the entire collection somewhere lol. I've never found it. 1y
Samplergal @introvertedbooks oh that is great. My 20+ collection got thrown out in a burst pipe in my dads basement. But such good memories. If my mind remembers correctly, this was either THE first or one of the first of the series. 1y
introvertedbooks @Samplergal I'm not sure but I think it's the first. 1y
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Congratulations on your 10k! Just looking at Nancy Drew books brings me joy. I remember staying home from school sick (Not very) lying in bed plowing through three of these. Good memories.

JewelsEnd I only had a few of these when I was a kid(early 80s), but this book was one of them. I remember the cover. It felt so dated to me at the time, now they seem ancient. Haha 1y
Bklover @JewelsEnd well, I‘m 58 and when I was a kid they seemed dated to me even then so I‘ll bet they did for you! I loved them though! 1y
Vbrrgirl I just picked this up the other day - still has the same cover! 1y
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Bklover @Vbrrgirl I should get a couple and reread them! 1y
Vbrrgirl Going to read the first one again - don‘t think I ever finished them all. 1y
tracey38 I loved this series. Growing up, I would spend a gpod portion of my summers with my grandparents and they had the whole series in their basement along with the Hardy Boys. 1y
Christine11 Nancy Drew is the best ! Thank you and thanks for entering! 😊 1y
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I'm on a mystery kick for #audiobooks it seems so continuing with this one. Never read any Nancy Drew when I was a kid but really enjoying it! #winterreads #mystery #whodoneit #nancydrew #teenmysteryqueen #supersleuth

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1. Always and forever a Nancy Drew girl. Seriously considering a Nancy silhouette tattoo...

2. Born a Crime, Kindred, Little Fires Everywhere (you can't make me choose just one!)

3. Can't think of one. Generally if I truly hate a character, it's because they're written to be hated (ie: Umbridge) and then I love how deliciously awful they are.

4. 50 Shades? I've had many people tell me I "just HAVE" to read them. No interest.

5. @Melissa_J

Velvetfur I agree about the 50 Shades (of brown, lol). I've heard it's extremely badly written and it's fanfic! No way I'd touch that! 😂 1y
AlaMich That‘s a good tattoo idea! 1y
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JenlovesJT47 Lol I don't blame you for steering clear of 50 Shades. The writing is awful! But I admit I read the whole series out of sheer morbid curiosity. Kind of enjoyed the last book even though I know it was crap! 😅 Sometimes we just need some fluff. But hey, if E.L. James can become a billionaire, anyone can! 😂🤣😅 1y
Melissa_J Can you believe I‘ve never read any of the Nancy Drew books? 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Melissa_J Never? You may just find yourself with one in a pen pal package someday... I don't know that they would hold up for someone who didn't read them as a kid, though. 1y
TheKidUpstairs @JenlovesJT47 I agree, sometimes we just need some fluffy reads! If people love them and enjoy reading them, that's great for them, I just know they're not for me! 1y
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Something I always remember about Nancy is how expressive she was with her blue #eyes. They frequently "twinkled" or "sparkled with anticipation."


CrowCAH Ooh nice detail to remember! 1y
SilversReviews Ooooo...love these books. 1y
LeahBergen I just love these old cover illustrations. ❤️ 1y
mabell @CrowCAH @SilversReviews @LeahBergen I loved these! I had trouble keeping it to 5 in the photo 😂 1y
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@Jess_Read_This I didn‘t realize it was two books in one. If you want it still, I‘ll send to you! Shoot me an email chinamom64@gmail.com if you do.

Jess_Read_This I am sending you an email! ☺️ 1y
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A classic mystery! One of the original female sleuths, driving around in a convertible and solving crimes! 🔍

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The Nancy Drew series was one of the first collections that sparked my hunger and passion for literature. There were a couple of things that slot the series as young adult—even children's—literature. Nancy's particularly loud thoughts perhaps intends for the reader to cheer for her. There were a couple of rookie grammar mistakes here and there, and that super obvious indication of what's to come in the next book made me laugh out loud. 😆

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The first book to introduce Nancy Drew.. it was this series that sealed the deal for me and launched me into my life long passion for reading! It‘s still so very near and dear to my heart ♥️ 🤗

It was first published in 1930 and is still a fan favorite of the young and old alike! ♥️🤗


Jaimelire I loved these so much. ❤️ 2y
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“Like a true daughter of the Middle West, Nancy Drew took pride in the fertility of her State and saw beauty in the crop of waving green corn as well as in the rolling hills and the expanse of prairie land” pg. 26

Gosh, I love reading this OT editions...there are a few gem quotes in the pages. My new book cozy has exceeded expectations too! ❤️🔎📚❤️

#NancyDrew #GirlSleuth #Mystery #WhoDunnit #SpoilerAlert #NancySavesTheDay #LiveTheCozyLife

LorieL I grew up reading Nancy Drew! 💞 2y
mabell I love your book cozy! 😍 2y
Leelee.reads These were such a huge part of my childhood! Find memories 😊 2y
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TorieStorieS I️ love this!! Wherever did you find this amazing cozy?? 2y
Jess_Read_This @LorieL @Leelee.reads I grew up reading the yellow matte versions that were the revised texts. I‘m trying to collect the 1930‘s written original texts (25 chapters) to read and falling in love with ND all over again. Totally different reading experience! 2y
Jess_Read_This @mabell @TorieStorieS Thank you! It‘s from a IG/Etsy shop called Live The Cozy Life (livethecozylife). I sent her the fabric after searching online for it (Moda Nancy Drew print) and she made two for me. 2y
TorieStorieS @Jess_Read_This Thanks!! It truly is a beautiful book cozy!! 2y
EvieBee I adore it so much! So beautiful! 2y
Jess_Read_This @EvieBee Thank you so much! I can‘t see but I still stocked up on this fabric just in case another idea struck me.... and I had to find someone who can sew to make it. 😂 2y
EvieBee @Jess_Read_This It would make a lovely skirt! 2y
Jess_Read_This @EvieBee Omigosh!! Yes it would!!! 2y
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It was okay but I think the later books/mysteries were more exciting and more nicely written than this one. Or maybe I was much younger when I read the other ones thus the other ones appealed to me more.

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1 A post by @xymarla on BMD
2 Probably soon after my parents started reading books to me
3 Nancy Drew
4 Clearing the Plains, James Daschuk
5 Star Trek is the closest thing I have to a fandom
6 Halt and Catch Fire season 2
7 uuuuhhhhhh
8 #canada150 #modernlibrarytop100
9 Nope
10 My parents (see 2)

#10questions @LazyOwl

Vansa I love Halt and Catch Fire too! 2y
batsy I loved the first season of Halt and Catch Fire! Need to catch up 😉 2y
twohectobooks @Vansa @batsy it's such a fun show and I have a huge crush on Lee Pace (but not necessarily his character!) 2y
Vansa @twohectobooks ooooh same here. I've had a HUGE crush on Lee Pace right from Pushing Daisies. And this role gives him more to do. Agreed, his character isn't as awesome as he is:-) 2y
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The library is almost done!

valeriegeary 😍😍 2y
CoverToCoverGirl I spy a whole bunch more Nancy Drew books! 😍 2y
Brenley Nice! 👍 2y
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Texreader Very nice. Looks very Scandinavian. 2y
Kshakal My idea of heaven!! 2y
Zelma Very nice! 😍 2y
Lcsmcat Nice! 2y
Bookzombie Nice! 2y
Buddys_Momma Beautiful!!! 2y
Megabooks Lovely! 2y
CouronneDhiver Jealous!!!! 😻😻😻 2y
LeahBergen 😍😍😍😍 2y
Simona Looks very nice❣️ 2y
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1. A mention in a BookRiot email & a nudge from @Karkar
2. When I was a kid
3. Nancy Drew!
4. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
5. Cooking mostly
6. Downton Abbey
7. An Expression of the Community- Cincinnati Public Schools Legacy of Art and Architecture
8. Goodreads, LitsyAtoZ - I have a couple others - LRC & Modern Mrs Darcy but am not keeping very good track of those.
9. No, because I am usually e-reading. I have been tempted though!
10. My mom

Karkar I was a good influence 😃😃😃 2y
Pamwurtzler @Karkar Totally!! 2y
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Look what I found at a used bookstore. I loved this series when I was little. And who can resist classics for under a dollar?

DivineDiana No one on Litsy! 😉 2y
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I went to Ann Arbor this weekend for a wedding and found the most amazing book store. I would have bought every Nancy Drew book but suitcases are a very real thing.

Suelizbeth Weekend road trip! It's just 2 1/2 hours from GR to A2. Saturday it is. 📚❤️ 2y
8leagueboot This sounds like my happy place 🔎 2y
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librarypoweruser @8leagueboot it is so excellent. I may have fainted. 😛 2y
alanacristin Wow 😍 2y
charissharpe Oh my god, I would be so so so excited to visit! 2y
melbeautyandbooks That sounds great! 2y
MimiLovesToRead I would have been in heaven!! 💙💙💙 2y
Litsi Ooh! I'd love that store. 2y
SilversReviews Love the looks of this store. So cute. 2y
Jess_Read_This I love Aunt Agatha's! I live a little over an hour from there. The owners are so kind and host some terrific mystery writer talks. I went their Elly Griffiths event last month. ❤️ 2y
librarypoweruser @Jess_Read_This That's amazing! Yes the woman I met was so sweet and really delighted that we were so in love with the store :) 2y
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Organizing bookshelves today. My collection of Nancy Drew, three shelves of autographed books, several older sets, and my collection of books from the 70s.

CoverToCoverGirl Loved my Nancy Drew growing up.. still have all of mine.❤️ 2y
flip58 @CoverToCoverGirl I loved my Namcy Drew novels, but.my girls did not share my love 2y
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Two more. The book on the right is from 1930. Left is 1950.

Jess_Read_This ❤️What a find!! I'm in a state a of shock someone took these in to be recycled. Wow. You are my hero for saving them! 2y
AmyG Right? I had to take them. When I get home I will post The Bobsy Twins books. What's sad is our recycling center now has a book drop...a big box you put the books in. So I can't get to what people put in there. :( 2y
Rachbb3 Nice!! 2y
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lynneamch Oh my goodness. One of the gift shops in Rugby had about 8 books from this series. Are you still looking for certain titles? 2y
AmyG @lynneamch I am not collecting them. I rescued them. But just love them. Thank you so very much for thinking if me. 2y
lynneamch ☺🖒 2y
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