Wednesday 26 December 2012

Bookish Buys: Penguin Pretties by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Happy Boxing Day! I hope everyone had a great Christmas. But how awesome is Boxing Day? The stress of Christmas is over and you can chillax with the fam and your new toys. Or plan what to spend your money on, if Santa blessed you with cashola. Like the pretties in this post. And hey, even if you're not up for spending in the post-Christmas haze, you can still enjoy the book porn.

See, Penguin sure knows how to do the classics - which basically means they know how to make you want to pay for them as opposed to getting them all online for free. They just have to wrap them in gorgeous covers and put them together as part of a collection, and suddenly I want to give Penguin all of my money. A lot of their best covers are designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith, including:

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Aren't they all just beautiful? So far (ahem) I've got The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle from the Clothbound Classics collection, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte from the English Library collection. Needless to say, there's many, many more I'd like to get my hands on!

Are you a fan of collecting series? Do you judge choose books by their covers? Because I totally do, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Much.


  1. pretty...and yes...I'm a sucker for pretty covers and series. Sigh.

  2. Ohhh those clothbound classics! I'm collecting those because they're so beautiful, but it's a slow process as I'm only getting those I've already read and enjoyed. They look so lovely all together on my shelf though.

    I have a few of the Penguin EL ones, but not on purpose - I wanted the book and it just happened to be that edition. They're nice, but I'm not overly bothered.

    The Fitzgerald ones are beautiful - shame I don't like the author that much!

  3. You always find the coolest stuff. These are so beautiful. I especially love the cloth-bound series and the great food series!

  4. I saw the Great Food series a few months ago and fell in love. They are SO pretty!

  5. I'm a fan of collecting series. Currently I working on the Agatha Christies released by Black Dog & Leventhal-I have 16 of 24 and will be trying to get more in 2013. I love the gray picture with the black words and the colorful background.

    1. I love those Agatha Christie covers, they're gorgeous