Loves Notes, Corn Husks and More Hidden Book Treasures

There are plenty of hidden treasures found within the pages of the book. Usually, they come from the book itself, from the authors magnificent storytelling. Sometimes, however, they come from previous readers. I once read my brother’s copy of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline that had taken notes on. I revelled in his comments (they were hilarious) just as much as I enjoyed the book itself. Readers leave behind some interesting things, whether they pencil something in or forget a random object. Then we get the chance to find their random, forgotten items.

We asked our readers what they’ve found in a book before, and here’s what they came up with:

Shauna S. “I work in a used bookstore. Here’s a list of things I’ve found in books: 
-hypodermic needles
-$1000 cash
-a newspaper from the day Lincoln was assassinated
-ultrasound photos
-an entire packet of love letters, starting off sweet and ending up “I watch you while you sleep” creepy
-arrest warrants
-old checks
-foreign money
-pornographic photos”

Trudy M. “An old pharmacy receipt from the beginnings of the 20th century. Old train tickets too.”

Jessica S. “I found a pressed flower in a law encyclopedia from the late 1800s. It was pressed in the page addressing widows’ dowry.” 

Anonymous: “I found a corn husk inside my childhood dictionary. Probably had a good reason to put it in there but I can’t remember.” 

Stephanie L.F. “Hair. I bought a used copy of Battle Royale, and found short, black hairs in every 25 pages or so.” 

Heather S. “I’ve found lots of notes, letters, a few pressed flowers and long forgotten bookmarks. I love it, especially the notes! I read them after I finish the book and get to see another’s thoughts on it.” 

Chris v.H. “I found a $1000 confederate note inside a very old encyclopedic dictionary left by my great grandfather.”

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Debra M. “Love notes to and from young children.”

We encourage you to donate used books and to leave something behind in them- one person’s [forgotten] trash is another one’s treasure, right?

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