What a fun week that was. Thank you, wonderful blog readers, for all of your comments and for sharing your Nancy Drew stories. I loved every single one of them.
It was really hard to pick a winner, but I have. Before I share the winning story with you though, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorites, from those stories that were shared.
Nancy Drew stories
I loved this story from Robin (@VampWriterGRRL) about returning to her childhood library. Robin has a wonderful blog post about this same library, which I absolutely loved. If you love libraries and were a reader as a child, I’m sure you will enjoy it too.
The Nancy Drew book pictured in your post, and many others from the same era, are still on the shelves in my very small town’s very small library. I read them all as a child and young teen. When I moved back to my hometown, I went back to the library expecting everything to be different and those books to be long gone. They were still in the exact same spot. I could have found them blindfolded. They still had the date due cards in the backs with my name written on every single card… Going back to that bookcase, taking one of those Nancy Drew books off the shelf and opening it is like going back thirty years. How many things like that stay exactly the same and accessible after three decades?
I also loved this story from Juliana (@julianalbrandt) about how Nancy Drew books ignited her passion for reading:
I first fell in love with the idea of reading because of Nancy Drew. Before I could read chapter books, I would page through one of her books pretending to I knew what was written on the pages. I can still remember how terribly I wanted to know what the words meant. The fun part was though, that I ‘read’ the same book a hundred times and could make up a new story each time.
Renee shared a really fun story. I already know from comments she has left on previous posts that Renee is a wonderful storyteller with a brilliant imagination. Renee, if you ever start a blog, please let us know. We want to read it!
Nancy Drew was a gateway to a whole new world for Renee and her best friend:
My favorite thing we did was make secret codes, we had hundreds of them. We thought they were un-crackable. We hid all sorts of “important” documents and treasures all over our properties. We had to work at night to avoid the prying eyes of the boys in our lives. There were detailed maps outlining every step and coordinate needed to locate our booty. The brothers were clueless….we thought. Years later my friend moved and dug up all of our secret stuff. Shoe boxes full of codes, pictures of boys we liked, pages from magazines etc. Written in bold marker on the top of every page were notes from my brother. He had written, ‘nice reading girls’ , ‘Top Secret’ and ‘great codes’ all over our precious documents.
The winning story
And the winner is… Karla (@MidwesternMind). I already knew from Twitter that Karla is very, very funny. Her tweets makes me laugh on a regular basis. But it turns out that Karla is even funnier when she has more than 140 characters to play with. This story seriously made me snort tea all over my keyboard. (Gee, thanks Karla!)
Karla is the winner of an ARC of Confined Space, which I will drop in the mail tomorrow. I’ll be in touch on Twitter to get your address, Karla!
And here, is Karla’s story:
I not only read, but owned, every Nancy Drew book there was. I sort of preferred those bastions of virile do-gooders, the Hardy Boys, but Nancy was no slouch. Though I got into all sorts of trouble when I tried to imitate her sleuthing skills and followed that one uncle (you know, the one everybody watches sideways) to see what he was hiding and then proceeded to stack every one of his whiskey fifths on the Thanksgiving table. Thought everyone would be impressed by my powers of observation and stealth. Yeah, not so much.
Thank you all for sharing your wonderful stories, and for joining in the fun!