Getting to know me in five bullet points:

  • I’m a thirty-something bibliophile.  I get really excited about 1920s and 1930s (mostly romance) fiction in dust jacket.
  • This blog started as a reading project in late 2010.  After wishing there was more information available on the obscure books I love, I decided to start sharing my collection with the world, one book at a time.
  • I’m a Children’s and Teen Collection Development Librarian.  Before that, I worked at a historic private library in the South.
  • My older sister passed away in April 2012 at the age of twenty-six.  I miss her terribly, and continue to think about her everyday.
  • I have an adorable cat named Thomas.  He is a great reading buddy and usually sits on my wrists as I type up new blog posts.



13 Responses to About

  1. Eric says:

    That about covers it. I came across your site when attempting to learn more about prolific ’20s-’30s book cover artist SKRENDA. I came across a battered copy of Leaves of Grass last week with “Skrenda” credited with the cover art (of which I’d share with you if this post allowed a Jpeg upload). The requisite Google search yielded few results others than your site.
    Thanks, Eric
    Seattle, WA

  2. Awesome! It makes me very happy to know that Google has been picking up my posts. Currently, I have about twenty Skrenda covers in my collection, but I only tend to post them once I’ve read them or if they’re a duplicate cover set. So please, continue to check back occasionally for more Skrenda covers.

    I’m not sure how to allow photo comments on Word Press, sorry about that! Skrenda’s range was really something. So far, I’ve run into LOTS of romances, even more copyright fiction, a few mysteries, and a really interesting Wonders of the World book.

  3. ljbreedlove says:

    Hello, I read about you winning a prize for your collection. Thought I’d drop by. 🙂

    My mother was a high school English teacher and she raised me on books by Emilie Loring and Grace Livingston Hill. I reread a few recently – Loriing has held up surprisingly well. Hill not so much.
    Have you read either? I wouldn’t mind collecting a few Loring books, myself.

    Congratulations on your prize.


    • Thank you, and thanks for stopping by to read my blog! My collection has both Emilie Loring and Grace Livingston Hill books, although I haven’t gotten around to reading one of them yet. The trick with both of those authors is finding a first edition in dust jacket. A few of my GLH books are reprints from my earliest days of collecting, as some of them really do have great cover art. Which Loring books did you like best?

  4. Hi Jessica,

    I’m a writer covering your Honey & Wax win for Bustle. Would love to get a few comments from you regarding your collection. Feel free to email me if you’d be willing to chat.

    Congratulations and best regards,
    Kristian Wilson

  5. RichieG says:

    Hello there!

    I am so glad I just stumbled upon this blog while searching for “Three Lost Girls,” which is advertised in the back of the book I am reading, “The Charming Cheat” (1933). I am so happy that there is someone else in the word that too collects 20s/30s books! I found my first one last year (with a Skrenda dust jacket, no less) and I am hooked, and just started an instagram (@flapperfiction) and slowly posting my collection. I am not sure how to contact you directly, but would love to show you some of my collection and start a conversation if you email me at goffrichie@gmail.com. I’ve yet to meet someone with this common interest so it’s very exciting :).

    All the best,

    • Welcome, I’m glad you found my blog! Three Girls Lost is a great book, possibly one of my favorites. Hope you’re enjoying The Charming Cheat. I have that one, but haven’t read it yet.

      1920s and 1930s book collectors totally exist! Some collect mystery, fantasy, more literary fiction, etc., but I mostly stick with romance novels.

      • RichieG says:

        What are your favorites that you own? I will do my best to wait to find a copy of Saleslady. And I see Glittering Sham is for sale, just a bit more than I want to pay for right now.

        Do you have any books by Lois Bull? I really like her books and their covers!

      • In theory, my favorites should eventually find their way to this blog. In reality, I started this blog more than seven(!) years ago, and still haven’t posted on all of my favorites. It’s a good problem to have really.

        And nope, I haven’t been so lucky as to snag any Lois Bull titles yet. They look awesome though!

  6. Dr Joe McAleer says:

    Hi Jessica:
    I was intrigued to read about you and your collection in the recent “Fine Books & Collections” magazine. Do you also collect Mills & Boon titles? The hardcovers from the 1930s-1950s had wonderfully expressive jackets. I wrote the history of the firm, “Passion’s Fortune: The Story of Mills & Boon” (1999). Would like to connect with you via e-mail to discuss.
    Dr. Joe McAleer

    • Thank you for stopping by my blog! My collection currently doesn’t include Mill & Boon publications, and is mostly American editions. However, our interests do overlap. Your book sounds fascinating and I’d love to read it!

  7. Hi, Jessica.
    Congratulations on winning the Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize last year. Heather O’Donnell was just on our program recently talking about this year’s competition. I wanted to discuss matters that would best be in a private email but I could not find one for you. Please contact me when you can at rarebookcafe@gmail.com.

    All the best,

    T. Allan Smith
    Creator and Executive Producer
    Rare Book Cafe

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