I’ve always wanted to do a book haul blog post but two things have made that impossible – I can only use eBooks these days and I get 95% of them from the library.
This past Christmas season, a temporary lull in my freelance writing projects gave me the ability to waste spend time on Pinterest, where I discovered pretty books.
I’ve become a more visual person in the last several years, perhaps because I can no longer taste and smell so my sight is becoming a more dominant sense. Yes, I’m blaming ALS for my new addiction. Might as well. 😉
When I saw the books, I really wanted to have some. I’ve never been a collector but that was about to change. I told my husband, Paul, that I was going to get “3-4 a year” and you can see how that worked out. Actually, Paul said, “Get as many as you want. I like books.” So he’s the enabler of my new behavior.
The criteria for my new books is simple – they have to have pretty covers and spines so they look good on a bookshelf. The fact they’re all classics and I plan to read or re-read at least five of them this year saves this from being completely frivolous. (You can see I’ve been working on my rationalization skills.)
I really like my new, pretty books and I’m pleased to be able to share them with you.
Penguin Clothbound Classics
This is the series that I fell for the hardest. The covers were designed by artist Coralie Bickford-Smith and many of them are quite stunning. The covers are designed to reflect the contents of the book – for example, the cover of Little Women has pairs of scissors laid out in a diamond-shaped grid in honor of the scene in which Jo cuts her hair.
My collection currently includes:
- A Christmas Carol
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
- Great Expectations
- Gulliver’s Travels
- Little Women
- Oliver Twist
- Sense and Sensibility
- Tales from 1.001 Nights
- The Hound of the Baskervilles
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Treasure Island
- Wuthering Heights
There are 63 books in this series so I have some catching up to do! Here’s a link to the Penguin website so you can see all the books in the series. If you want to purchase some, you can find lower prices on some (but not all) on Amazon. Additionally, I was able to pick up a set of 11 nearly new Penguin Clothbound Classics on eBay for a really good price, although I don’t know how common that is.
Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions
These gems add some beautiful, tasteful bling to my bookshelves. The covers are pretty, but I especially like the spines. So far, my collection includes:
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
- The Story of King Arthur and his Knights
These were all $10 ($10!!) and they also have many for $25. I foresee several more of the $10 ones in my future! Here’s a link to Barnes & Noble website so you can see more bling.
Paul gave me this Nancy Drew set for Christmas because he knows how much I adored Nancy Drew as a kid. The set includes five familiar titles:
- The Bungalow Mystery
- Secret Of The Old Clock
- The Hidden Staircase
- The Mystery at Lilac Inn
- The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Brings back good memories and I’ll definitely be re-reading one of them.
Juniper Books has some unique and gorgeous sets. Here’s a link so you can feast your eyes.
Late breaking news
Paul installed some amazing floating shelves for my collection this weekend so I can see the books from my bed. Everyone should have a Paul in their life!
If you want to see more pretty books, here’s a link to the site that seduced me, Bluestocking Bookshelf. Click on the “collections” menu option and prepare to be amazed!
What do you think? Do you like my pretty books?
Photo credits: Alison Pitnick and Sydney Melland