More like a library oh my god how old is this book? But whatever.
I have a bad habit of browsing lists on Goodreads and adding them to my TBR without paying much attention to whether or not I can actually get my hands on the book or not. Generally, I can find them in my library system somewhere, but not always. I got lucky with this one. However, when I opened it up this morning, I got a shock.
My first surprise was seeing an actual loan card – with stamps! – inside. Most of the books I get in physical copy have been published over the last ten years or so and my library has been digital for at least that long. So, this was a nice bit of nostalgia for me this morning.
However, look closer. The first stamp is January 9, 1971. Guys, that’s THREE YEARS before I was even born. Holy guacamole. Even more surprising is how good of condition the book is in.
And now that I’ve outed myself as being old, I’m going to go back to work. Oh, and if you’re curious, the book I borrowed is called Gypsies: Wanderers of the World by Bart McDowell. Oooh… and cool side note: I didn’t realize until I looked this up on Goodreads that it’s a National Geographic book. Score!