Vintage, antique, shabby chic, old books. I’m a self-proclaimed lover of the printed word on paper, bound between boards – old and new, hard and soft – often with fantastic illustrations or photography. I like the tactile sensation of turning a page, the sweet faint musty aroma that cannot be satisfied with an electronic device.
It may be a generational thing, but it saddens me that any book should be thrown to the trash, especially the old ones that hold so much history in their creation, publication and usage. When holding an 18th or 19th century book in my hands, I sometimes like to imagine what the people before me, that held the very same book, thought about the reading. History and nostalgia at its best.
I have three adult children with their iphones, ipads and idontnowhats, and my first grand baby (yay) that I’m bound and determined to give as many books to as possible. I’m not against electronic reading, for any reading is a good thing. I watch newspapers, magazines and brick-and-mortar bookstores fold under the weight of the modern world. The Vintage Book Fairy is my little corner of the book world where I attempt to salvage, repurpose and discuss vintage books, pages and illustrations.