Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Classics #CoverLust

That's right, cover lust. It's a thing. I'm sure you've noticed this malady taking over my blog lately. I cannot seem to turn down a beautiful cover. And I have to say, this totally started because of BookTube. Firstly, many of my fave BookTubers are from the UK and they have the swankiest Penguin English Library editions of stuff. Thanks to The Book Depository, you can own  them, too! And my heavens, I've started the ordering.

In light of my recently joining The Classics Club, I thought I'd upgrade some of my old classics to nicer editions. Truthfully, I always feel like classics are worth keeping, so why not? Many of the ones I have in my collection were purchased when I was younger and poor(er), so they are yellowed and in generally bad shape. I like to cherish my classics a bit more than that, so voila! These are the newest additions to my Book Depository shopping cart.


Are you a sucker for pretty editions of books? What are some of your faves? 

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  1. Cover lust is definitely a thing, and I always have a bad case of it. I buy books based on their covers way too often.

    I agree with you on classics. I always purchase beautiful versions of those, especially my favorites because I know I am going to keep them forever.

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    1. Me toooo. I feel less guilty about it when they're classics, though. Watch me collect all 100 of these. OMG.

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  2. I'm such a sucker for the Penguin clothbound editions. I've been very slowly collecting them since 2010. Like you, most of my classics were old highlighted paperbacks from library book sales. I love having gorgeous editions of some of my favorites.

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    1. I would loooove the clothbounds, but they're pricier than these PEL editions. Same covers, though, so score!

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    1. I want to surround myself with them and sleep in the middle.

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  4. If it has anything to do with a book, if it has anything to do with reading...I'm in.

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  5. Oh I love this series of books! If I'm not wrong they are mostly (all?) by Coralie Bickford-Smith ( her website has more of her gorgeous cover art!)

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    1. They are! I didn't know who designed them until you posted this, and now I am in love with her website. I ran across one of the "Books for Boys" editions (Lost World) the other day, and now I wish I'd snapped it up.

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    2. I blame her website for getting me hooked. I have all the Sherlock Holmes titles as well (http://cb-smith.com/#/sherlock-holmes/), and I have "The Lost World" as well! As soon as I finish the PELs, that's my next set to collect (I know I'm insane).

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    3. OMG! Those Sherlock editions are awesome sauce. I just bought the collected stories (at least some of them), but I can definitely see collecting the novels in this format. So awesome!

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  6. I mentioned this the other day a bit but I go back and forth on these. I SO want all of the yummy puffin classics for the girls but I'm not sure they'll hold up with the reading (they're so stiff!!). I do love the gorgeous covers of these Penguin editions--just wish I had somewhere to put them (I have a few old collections I've inherited that are taking up the shelf space instead).

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    1. I answered via e-mail, but for the sake of covering all my bases. They are a little stiff. I started reading Matilda last night. The PELs are lovely and supple.

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    2. I will agree that the Puffins are stiff. The clothbounds are also a little stiff, but loosen as you read them.

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  7. I know we chatted on facebook, but make sure you look at the cover for The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. It is by far my favorite of the collection!

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    1. It's soooo pretty! I'm a sucker for the Villette cover, too.

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    2. Yes! I love that one as well! Some are a bit boring...some of the Dickens covers seem a little blah (like she ran out of ideas), but I like them anyway. :) And I think (I can't remember without looking) that some that were also published in the clothbound have a little different cover. I think "Hard Times" is one...and "Gulliver's Travels." So...that's how I justify having both.

      Sorry for rambling. I'm sure it's obvious I'm obsessed with them.

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    3. Ha! Yes, I hear ya on the Dickens covers. The Tale of Two Cities one makes sense within the context of the story, but it's still not the most attractive. No apologies for rambling. I'm just now falling in hardcore love with these, so I'm constantly excited and gazing at them on BookDepository.

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  8. Oh yes, I am definitely a sucker for beautiful covers! And there are so many times I'm attracted to a book on NetGalley due to its cover, and then I find it's a UK version. :D

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    1. The UK has the BEST COVERS!

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  9. Since you started book tubing, I've been considering doing it too.....I love your videos and I'm already following quite a few people. If I get over my shyness I might start my own channel.

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    1. Ooohh! I hope you can overcome the shyness. I'd love to follow your channel!!! :)

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  10. BookTube is a total enabler! I ordered three more as well (shhh - don't tell my husband). I got Villette, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Jane Eyre. I will own them all! Also, have new book buying budget that is self imposed because I've gone bonkers.

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    1. It is SUCH an enabler. The biggest, baddest (awesome-st) enabler! They're so pretty. I love the ones you ordered. And yes, me too. Budget on the horizon.

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  11. Gorgeous! I love love love the covers!

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  12. These editions are so gorgeous! Allie's collection makes me drool with envy... and now yours is too! Someday, when I'm in my forever house (I refuse to accept that I will stay in this house) I will have my own library room, and will begin collecting then. Of course a jumpstart isn't a *bad* thing....

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    1. I knowwww. I love looking at Allie's shelves stuffed full of them. I also plan to have a library room. We'll see how long that takes to shake out. ;)

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  13. Andi, we may have to enroll you in Pretty Book Cover Anonymous. You're becoming very obsessed with beautiful book covers. :P

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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    1. You are so right. It's gonna take (maybe more than) 12 steps!

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  14. Ohhhhhh the covers. Oh I want beautiful covers. Or actually, what I truly truly want is editions with beautiful covers and beautiful color PLATES inside. I love color plates. All the classics I keep copies of, it's because I found copies that had beautiful color plates.

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    1. Oooh, color plates! I do love color plates and I don't seem them nearly often enough.

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  15. Oh sweet monkey tails, I love these SO much. I will NOT even go look at all of the pretty covers because I'd put my family in the poor house ;)

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    1. SWEET MONKEY TAILS! Best saying ever.

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  16. They are beautiful, I absolutely undestand that you "need" them. My problem is that I'm still poor, hehehe, but well, I hope I have time in the future for looking for beautiful editions.

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  17. Those are beautiful covers! Believe it or not, I actually do like the B&N classics - just the paperbacks (trade size). I think what I like most is to see groups of books like Persephone books, NYRB books, B&N Classics, etc. on my shelves.

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    1. I like the B&N classics just fine, but I tend to like the covers less than these Penguins. And yes, I totally agree. Groups of books are eye candy!

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  18. I love these covers so much! I really want the P&P one at some point. If I were to ever fall into money, Penguin would probably get a lot of it just with their classic covers.

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    1. I have a feeling I'm going to end up collecting most of Austen in this format. I have the Threads edition of Emma, so I'm iffy about that one but in truth I'll probably buy repeats just to have the PEL editions. Gah!

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