I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.
Today’s Shabby Share is:
Bittersweet: Stories and Poems from Scholastic Writing Awards, 1926-1960
by: Jerome Brondfield
This is a book from my childhood that I know I’ve mentioned before on tags, but haven’t shared for Shabby Sunday. I’ve had this book since I was in 5th grade.
This book was given to me in elementary school by one of my English teachers. We had been writing some poetry for a writing project and for some reason, she thought I wrote poetry well and wanted me to continue writing. She was such a good teacher and inspired me greatly.
She mentioned to me that when I was done reading it, she would like it back. Something happened and she ended up leaving half way through the school year. I never did see her again and didn’t get to return the book.
This edition is the first printing from 1962 as you can see above. It’s packed full of short stories and poems written by students from all over the United States. The writings are all organized in sections beginning with the 20’s and ending with the 50’s.
This copy has definitely seen its better days. It’s loosing pages and the cover has been taped multiple times. I still keep it on my shelf and read from it every now and then. Here’s one of my favorites from the book.
by Dorothy Emerson
Morgantown (West Virginia) High School 1926
I lay--a thing as calm and cool As a limpid, evening pool, Pale, as the late moon's silver wing, Mute as hushed harp's silent string; Yet--you changed all this By just a kiss--one kiss. I lay--a thing of passion wrought, Turmoiled with love, each move and tho't, Exotic as purple velvet's splendor, Warm as full lips, soft and tender; Yet--you made all this By just a kiss--one kiss.
- Paperback – 310 pages
- Language: English
- Publisher: Scholastic (1962)
- ASIN: B001V0IDIY
Other blogs who have participated in Shabby Sunday:
Nicky@ An Introverted Bookworm
Claire@ Brizzle Lass Books
Author Didi Oviatt
Sassy Brit@ Alternative-Read
Brittany @ PerfectlyTolerable
Shari @ Sharisakurai.com
Jennifer @ Jennifertarheelreader.com
Thanks for checking out Shabby Sunday. Do you have any Shabby books to share? Feel free to share your thoughts below or participate in Shabby Sunday if you’d like! ❤