Judging books by covers

Books make me happy.
Pretty things make me smile. 

The book store chain Borders has filed for bankruptcy (sad face) and my fabulous friend Sarah told me to get on over to the location near us before the masses had picked through all the good stuff in their huge “we-need-to-get-rid-of-everything” sale. 

I was looking forward to getting books that I love but don’t own and I’d had my eye on some editions with newly redesigned covers to add to my library collection.  After being in the store for an hour perusing the disorganized store I realized my arms were sore from the growing, toppling stack.  I set down my selections and looked at many of the ones I’d scooped up.  Some didn’t excite me much but were protectively cradled in my arms nonetheless for fear they would be picked up by the other book-worm eating vultures scavenging through the eerily picked-through shelves…like Bridget Jones’ Diary. I didn’t really need to have Bridget Jones’ Diary sitting on my bookshelf at home nor did I actually want to read it (a rare occasion – I’ve never read the book but seen the movie a million times. Fact: books are always better than movies).  As it happens, I was just taken with the stunning cover illustration. 

Instead of frivilously buying all the books with pretty covers to keep on my bookshelf where no one but me will admire them, I had a novel idea (see what I did there?!): I’ll post a few of the ones that I’m pretty obsessed with so you can see for yourself what fabulous taste I have whilst I save myself a heap of money. 

“Couture Classics” edition of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, jacket illustration by Ruben Toledo

Penguin Ink edition of Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding with jacket illustrations by Tara McPherson

"Couture Classics" edition of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

50th Anniversary edition of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

"Classic Couture" edition of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, cover illustration by Ruben Toledo

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol, illustrations by Camille Rose Garcia


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  1. Pingback: Judging Books by Covers, part II « Stick Girl JAM

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