Thursday, November 13, 2014
From the Bookshelf
When I was in fifth grade back in the early '60's, my best friend Linda gave me a book for my birthday. I was a voracious reader then - just as I am now - and books were just about the best gift I could receive. The book she gave me was Trixie Belden and the Gatehouse Mystery. I absolutely loved it. I was able to amass many others in the long running series over the next few years and I read them often. I don't know if it's being retired or being sick or whatever, but recently I had an urge to read them all again. The first, Trixie Belden and the Secret of the Mansion, was written in 1948 and the books have a charming vintage feel. I've owned the first six (in the old original Whitman cello versions) throughout my life, so I started my Trixie Marathon with those. Then I was able to find the later paperback versions in lots on eBay for not much per book. There are 39 all together and I now have the first 32. I am really having a blast revisiting these. Talk about literary escapism. Hey - it keeps me off the streets and it's lots cheaper than drugs!!