Tattered but still lovely

We treasure old and sometimes obscure literature. We find that the language is rich, and the points of view are quirky and still entertaining.

I've pencilled a dashed line somewhere in the 1950s to separate 'old' and 'modern.' We'll list some of our favorite authors here as we move forward.

We grab up the old hardbacks at thrift stores and yard sales. The ones most people are willing to dispose of for 25 cents, because their value is hidden.

Non-fiction too. I've collected turn of the century medical tracts and manners manuals for the fun of hearing what was preached back then.

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Pinned — SAYING HELLO AS YOU COME IN THE DOOR221 unread / 2212wonderY, Sunday 4:49pm
the chit-chat corner107 unread / 107toast_and_tea, Today 1:22pm
Ruth's reading notes resumed114 unread / 1142wonderY, April 25
Sarah Orne Jewett3 unread / 3asurbanipal, April 18
Where in the world are you reading? (2)290 unread / 2902wonderY, April 16
sub-titles (!)26 unread / 262wonderY, March 28
What obsolete title would you love to stumble upon? (we'll keep an eye out for you)99 unread / 99fuzzi, February 18
a personal introduction to our characters19 unread / 19haydninvienna, February 14
Natural history27 unread / 27MrsLee, February 5
the illustrators of Beatrix Potter stories16 unread / 162wonderY, January 18
Season's Reading48 unread / 48fuzzi, January 3
Tattered but Lovely reading threads/journals/blogs50 unread / 50fuzzi, January 2
The childrens bookshelves59 unread / 59fuzzi, October 2020
The Bodleian Library Girls High Jinks collection49 unread / 492wonderY, September 2020
Cover images - the birds, the bees, the animals and trees17 unread / 17fuzzi, August 2020
What did your grandma (or grandpa) read?10 unread / 10fuzzi, June 2020
Looking for certain types of books.15 unread / 15-pilgrim-, May 2020
offering extra copies201 unread / 2012wonderY, May 2020
extravagant bindings129 unread / 129aviddiva, May 2020
Cover images - No Boys Allowed20 unread / 20fuzzi, May 2020
TBSL Kindle/Ebooks - BARGAINS!6 unread / 6fuzzi, May 2020
World War 2 stories155 unread / 155Judith205, May 2020
Roverandom2 unread / 2MrsLee, January 2020
from under the tree50 unread / 50fuzzi, January 2020
TBSL mysteries?15 unread / 15fuzzi, November 2019
the illustrators of The Wind in the Willows - part 2105 unread / 105fuzzi, November 2019
Our fascination with trainwrecks30 unread / 30fuzzi, August 2019
motoring romances42 unread / 42MrsLee, August 2019
Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar13 unread / 13fuzzi, August 2019
Still More Acquisitions - 201914 unread / 14fuzzi, August 2019
Cover images - Silly and Odd3 unread / 3MissWatson, May 2019
Cover images - landscapes and places2 unread / 22wonderY, May 2019
Cover images - Where the boys are7 unread / 72wonderY, May 2019
lyrical first pages15 unread / 15fuzzi, February 2019
TBSL Sources3 unread / 32wonderY, February 2019
The Jungle Book(s) Illustrated51 unread / 51fuzzi, November 2018
The first novel you remember reading65 unread / 65jnwelch, October 2018
School Stories15 unread / 15haydninvienna, September 2018
Personal favorite book buying places17 unread / 17gmathis, May 2018
Cover for Christmas Horse30 unread / 30fuzzi, May 2018
TBSL Picture Book Recommendations31 unread / 31fuzzi, March 2018
A Wrinkle in Time18 unread / 18JerryMmm, March 2018
Elizabeth Cadell being re-published in Kindle format33 unread / 33MDGentleReader, March 2018
More Acquisitions219 unread / 219fuzzi, February 2018
Avis romance, about 19244 unread / 4juniperSun, February 2018
Louisa May Alcott10 unread / 10.Monkey., February 2018
Info about discovered authors8 unread / 8MrsLee, February 2018
contemporary books which respectfully nod back to our older favorites24 unread / 24gmathis, February 2018
TBSL films10 unread / 10BonnieJune54, January 2018
Classics TBR43 unread / 43gmathis, January 2018
Servants who matter15 unread / 15Guanhumara, December 2017
Thoughts on Reading Journals9 unread / 92wonderY, November 2017
SO off-topic, but I just wanted to share this somewhere21 unread / 21MrsLee, October 2017
Bobbsey Twins3 unread / 3fuzzi, August 2017
the illustrators of the "Just So Stories"20 unread / 20fuzzi, August 2017
Exceptional women of the 19th century4 unread / 4daisy_may, August 2017
Little House on the Prairie series24 unread / 24fuzzi, July 2017
MDGentleReader - off to a late start39 unread / 39fuzzi, July 2017
Ruth's reading notes213 unread / 2132wonderY, June 2017
A. A. Milne's house is for sale2 unread / 2MarthaJeanne, March 2017
Bryson's 19272 unread / 2MrsLee, February 2017
The Weird Book Room31 unread / 31MarthaJeanne, January 2017
MDGentleReader - very grateful for a the start of a new year - 2016105 unread / 105MDGentleReader, December 2016
D E Stevenson reprints & new titles by Greyladies6 unread / 6fuzzi, December 2016
Book covers, A Child's Garden of Verses22 unread / 22fuzzi, December 2016
50's and 60's Illustrations Style15 unread / 15SylviaC, December 2016
Prosperity and Commerce10 unread / 10MDGentleReader, December 2016
TBSL wanted - looking for specific themes.9 unread / 9MDGentleReader, December 2016
Working women in TBSL books24 unread / 24Sakerfalcon, December 2016
"Old" Books11 unread / 11supersnake, November 2016
Hope this is ok here!1 unread / 1toast_and_tea, November 2016
Temple Bailey38 unread / 382wonderY, September 2016
Georgette Heyer ebook sale.1 unread / 1SylviaC, August 2016
Keeping cool summer of 20165 unread / 5MDGentleReader, August 2016
''It was 1948....it was a very good year.....''6 unread / 6thorold, July 2016
Hi, I'm new - and an offer8 unread / 8buriedinbooks, June 2016
A narrow escape7 unread / 7fuzzi, June 2016
Vicki Barr Flight Stewardess Series5 unread / 5harrygbutler, June 2016
June 2016 HAUL (with a little TBSL and some vinyl)2 unread / 2BonnieJune54, June 2016
Old Story, New Illustrations1 unread / 1MrsLee, June 2016
old illustrations19 unread / 19BonnieJune54, June 2016
Where in the world are you reading?463 unread / 463vpfluke, May 2016
looking for new books :)3 unread / 3hearthlit, May 2016
Anyone Near Chicago?2 unread / 2.Monkey., May 2016
the group picture51 unread / 51MrsLee, May 2016
Favorite "New" TBSL Authors44 unread / 44MDGentleReader, May 2016
Any TBSLers Near Cleveland, Ohio?4 unread / 4fuzzi, April 2016
Beverly Cleary is Almost 100!13 unread / 13hearthlit, April 2016
MDGentleReader reads tattered, big, small, paperback, hardback, ebooks 2015 Chapter 1160 unread / 160ronincats, March 2016
endpapers7 unread / 7harrygbutler, March 2016
Maggie Vandewalle5 unread / 5fuzzi, March 2016
NYPL digital collection of posters advertising TBSL books3 unread / 3fuzzi, March 2016
Hannah & Cody's Adventures Part 116 unread / 16fuzzi, March 2016
TBSL3 unread / 3fuzzi, March 2016
A wall of TBSL15 unread / 15harrygbutler, February 2016
Maxfield Parrish29 unread / 29Diane-bpcb, February 2016
TBSL Challenge in February11 unread / 11fuzzi, January 2016
staying warm, winter of 15-1674 unread / 74MDGentleReader, January 2016
LOTS OF PHOTOS! Hannah and Cody's TBSL Book Haul 1-17-1519 unread / 19harrygbutler, January 2016
the illustrators of The Wind in the Willows311 unread / 311guido47, January 2016
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