Five Favourite Covers (1)

As a lover of pretty books, I do judge books by their covers a lot of the time. When I know that the book’s a classic or that it can come with a beautiful cover, I’ll usually buy a copy rather than getting it from the library or for my Kindle. I know not everyone is like this, but I view books as items for decoration as well as reading. Exciting covers also make me happy, so I’ll encourage the inclusion of them in my life.

In this post are five of my favourites, which I’ll list from the top left to the bottom right in the photo.

  1. Flappers and Philosophers: The Collected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is a Penguin Hardback Classics edition, as part of a series to mark the seventieth anniversary of Fitzgerald’s death. The others are in similar Art Deco designs, and are just as beautiful. 
  2. The Odyssey – Homer. Another of the Penguin Classics. To be honest, I have a massive pile of them. I always ask my boyfriend for “pretty books”, and so I have the Penguin hardbacks of Bleak House, Oliver Twist, and Inferno amongst others.
  3. The Savage Detectives – Roberto Bolaño. This is one of twelve novels, all in black and white, that Picador released upon their fortieth anniversary. “All The Pretty Horses” by Cormac McCarthy is another that I’d like to get.
  4. Requiem for a Dream – Hubert Selby Jr. I tend to buy a lot of these Penguin paperbacks with the particular white font for titles. The rather sensual photo on the front is by Michael Ackerman, and matches the covers of other recently released Selby Jr. novels by Penguin.
  5. Notes From Underground – Fyodor Dostoevksy. Another (!) Penguin edition, although this is one of the “pocket classics”. It does look a little small on my bookshelf, but the cover is interesting and very… Dostoevsky-ish (you know what I mean). The photograph is by Brian David Stevens.
  6. The Enchanted April – Elizabeth Von Arnim. This is part of a Virago modern classics collection, in which each book has a cover created by a textiles designer. The flowery design really matches the nature of this story, which I love. I’d really like to get some of the others, as shown in the photo. The female authors of the collection are generally overlooked and undervalued, and I’m sure that after reading I’ll have some new favourite writers. 
The rest of the Virago collection

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