If you get most of your books from libraries or used bookstores, you’ve probably experienced the joy (misfortune?) of discovering objects that previous readers have left inside the books. I thought I’d do a countdown of the oddest things I’ve found between the pages of used books.
A Brief List Of Oddities Discovered Inside Used Books
8. Candy wrappers. Books and candy just seem to go together, right? I’ve found quite a few candy wrappers inside books. I’m still eagerly awaiting the day I find candy that hasn’t already been eaten. That’ll be the best day ever.
7. Nature. Remember when you were a kid and would put flowers between the pages of books to press them flat? Protip: If you’re using a library book to flatten nature, remember to remove your nature before returning the book.
6. A receipt from 1987. I’m guessing that this book hadn’t been read in a while? It was a receipt from an auto parts store.
5. Desiccated bug corpses. I’ve found a flat-fly and a flat-spider. Yes, I did scream and throw the books across the room. I guess dead bugs are better than live ones, right?
4. A Get Well Soon card. The card said something like, I hope this book makes your hospital stay easier. Um . . . What? Why do I own this book now?! What happened to the previous owner? I really hope the hospital person didn’t die while reading the book.
3. Playing cards. Is anybody missing about 1/3 of a deck of playing cards? I’m guessing that the previous reader was using cards to mark certain pages. While I was reading, cards kept falling out of the book. It was like a wildly unimpressive magic trick.
2. Pirate homework. This one technically wasn’t in the book. It was written in the margins. The kid who owned my copy of Treasure Island before me must have read it for school. She wrote essay questions on the title page, and she annotated the first few chapters. Then she just started drawing pirates in the margins. She must have gotten as bored with the story as I did.
1. Tom Cruise. Well, I didn’t find him, exactly. I found an artsy black-and-white picture of him. He was really young in the photo. It must have been taken before he joined a cult, got weird, and bounced on Oprah’s couch. I don’t know who owned this book before I did, so if any of my blog readers have misplaced Tom Cruise, I have him here. Somewhere. He’s probably lurking inside a book.
Have you found anything odd inside a book?