judging books by the cover

12 Jul

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I need to read more. When I say read, I mean real books, not magazines or my bloglovin’ feed or the nytimes.com style section. Its been way too long. I think I’ll make it  a goal to read a few books this summer. These deliciously patterned Penguin classics have been floating around the web and stores for awhile now, but I thought it was time for me to gush over them.

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The stories may be old, but the covers of these clothbound Penguin Classics are anything but that. The covers have been revamped by book cover designer  Coralie Bickford-Smith to be playful, modern, and elegant. Really, they make me want to read them…or, if anything, have them lining my bookshelf to stare at. I just love the repetitive patterns and the way the bright colors pop from the more muted backgrounds of these covers.

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I may have enjoyed reading these books more in high school if we had been given these pretty copies rather than the  old tattered paperback versions. Irresistible!

{Also, on another note, the very first image of this post is from ShopRuche.com and it is currently my desktop background. They may be a clothing store, but they have amazingly pretty photographs in their catalogues and websites.}

Check out more Penguin Classic covers at Penguin Books and Coralie Bickford-Smith’s website.

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