Sunday, June 30, 2013

TSS: The Purdiest Books Around!

I have been on a BIT of a book buying jag. It doesn't happen often, and MOST of the books have been on sale, but I still need to reign myself in. But I had to show you the real prizes of my recent haul. THESE are the purdiest books around...




I am absolutely, butt-crazy in LOVE with the Penguin Threads editions. While I'm not the hugest Wizard of Oz fan (book), it's one worth having on the collection. My previous edition was a teensy, ugly mass market, and this edition is truly glorious. Embiggen that picture up there. It's SO worth it. 

I also chose to order The Secret Garden, which I read for the first time last year. Again, I have a beat up old edition and wanted to add this one to my "books for posterity" shelf.

Finally, I don't have a physical copy of Emma, and Jane Austen is always worth owning!


This is not a great image, but I ordered a Penguin English Library edition of Northanger Abbey from The Book Depository. I was first introduced to the Penguin English Library by Allie at A Literary Odyssey. She collects these and the clothbound editions, and I won a copy of David Copperfield from her that is absolutely gorgeous. I think I also won A Tale of Two Cities from her as well. They're both lovely, and I pet them often, and since I had plans to read Northanger Abbey in August for the Austen in August event, I thought I'd upgrade my trashy mass market edition to something I would relish more. 



I found this drop-dead gorgeous Puffin 25th Anniversary edition of Matilda, by Roald Dahl, many moons ago, and I've been mooning over it ever since. Since I was ordering from The Book Depository already, I decided to add this to the bunch. Plus, my old copy disappeared forever ago.


I'm planning to buddy read Rebecca in August with Chelsea from Chels and a Book (and a fellow vlogger!). I've had the same nasty, red mass market for YEARS, and I'm pretty sure it's the reason I haven't tried Du Maurier before now. I really wanted the Virago hardcover below (stunning!) but it's out of stock, so I settled for this (still gorgeous and much improved) William Morrow trade paperback that I found at B&N. I may splurge for these Virago hardcovers if I ever find them...



And last but certainly not least, I picked up this Penguin Deluxe Classics edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray when I was in Austin at BookPeople a few weeks ago. They have a drop dead sexy Penguin display, which I drooled and fawned over for nearly an hour. I just couldn't decide what to buy! I was looking for the perfect combination of want to read and gorgeous. I knew this one was it as soon as I saw it. 



Does the edition of a book you own dictate whether or not you pick it up? 





33 comments:

  1. I love all of the books in this post. I have the Emma and Little Women penguin threads and some of the penguin English library and puffin hardback classics.

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    1. Thanks, Sam! I'm kind of smitten with them. I hadn't realized how nice the Puffins are. Will be keeping an eye out for more of those.

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  2. I adore the Penguin threads books!!

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    1. Me too! I can't believe I hadn't taken notice earlier!

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  3. Sweet moses those are GORGEOUS! That Dorian Gray is beyond awesome. Oooh, I've got the drools for all of these!

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    1. LOL, Jennifer! I thought so! I'm super excited about Dorian Gray. It's the most "new to me" since I haven't half-read it like so many of the others. Ha!

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  4. Oh how I love those Penguin threads editions. I don't own any, but every time someone shares a picture of one of them, I swear I want to go out and buy every last one of them. But you know, I think I'm even more in love with that cover of Matilda than I am of the threads---so gorgeous!!!

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    1. Thanks, Debi! I probably shouldn't have splurged as much as I did, but it's been a longgg time. And yes, I couldn't resist the Matilda. Love!

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  5. I love love love when books are pretty!

    I mean, don't judge a book by its cover and all, but if it's a classic or if you know you love it, judge away!

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    1. Right???! There's nothing better than a gorgeous book. :)

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  6. Those are some great books...and "purdy" covers. Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY

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  7. I love that edition of Matilda! The kids at my new school are all reading Roald Dahl this summer in preparation for his birthday (and Matilda's birthday) celebration in September. I am sooo excited!

    You will like the DuMaurier. I'm sure of it. Try My Cousin Rachel if you have time. One of my favorite unreliable narrators!

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    1. Oh what fun, Frances! I wish we'd done something like that when I was in school. Can't wait to receive the beautiful edition of the book. Waiting as patiently as possible. :)

      And I will most definitely give My Cousin Rachel a go. :)

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  8. I've never seen that cover of Dorian Gray before! How fantastic!

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    1. I'm in loooove with it. So pretty!

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  9. Those are some serious pretty book covers! Love the penguin covers in particular. I do love having various collections not just because the books are great but because they are also pretty - persephones, viragos, NYRB.. oh yes! :)

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    1. Aren't they? And I need to add some more collections. I have my eye on some Viragos. :)

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  10. I love Penguin Threads! Jillian Tamaki is such a talented artist! I haven't read Matilda but I think I'll add it to my buying list for my little sister. She loves that book. Happy reading!

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    1. She is soooo very talented. You would seriously adore Matilda. Have you seen the movie? So fun!

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  11. The Wizard of Oz Threads cover is GORGEOUS. I love the Mathilda cover as well, but really that Oz one. I can't focus on any of the others

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    1. I know. I keep pawing it when I'm sitting around at home. I'm sure it wishes I'd leave it alone.

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  12. So beautiful! I love the Penguin books and have been (slowly) collecting them. I just got that copy of Matilda and it's so pretty!

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    1. Yayyy! I can't wait to have it in my clutches. Quicker US Postal Service! Quicker!

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  13. Ahhhh, you're killing me with all these beautiful books. I too love the Penguin Threads editions of everything, but I truly am trying to be restrained about buying new editions of books I already own. IT IS SO HARD BOOKS ARE SO PRETTY.

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  14. Totally completely drooling over these covers. HAPPY SIGH!!!

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    1. Me too. I peek at them every time I pass by them.

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  15. Gorgeous books. I bought the same edition of Rebecca that you did, because it was going to take a good cover to get me to read that thing! On the whole, I'm glad I did :-)

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    1. Thank you! And amen re: Rebecca. I really believe I'll like it, but that mass market was NOT doing anything for me.

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  16. Well this post is beyond book porn. Seriously, stop showing me pretty things that I will then inevitably decide I have to own. Penguin and Virago make the most gorgeous books, I'm dying for the threads edition of The Secret Garden.

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    1. LOLOL! That should've been the title of this post. I definitely need more Viragos.

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  17. Plain and simple Penguin is the best. I love their threads line as well and their Puffin classics are just so delicious. I recently picked up A Little Princess thinking that I'd slowly start collecting them for the girls (girls...so surreal!) but they're a bit stiff and I'm actually not sure how well they'll lend themselves to reading. Undecided...because they're just so gorgeous.

    That Dorian Gray looks a bit like my Wuthering Heights. Guessing it's the same designer?

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