Hello everyone! I like books. I really like books. You could say I really really like books. I thought it was about time that I showed you some of the little collections that I house in my bookcase, because they're a bit too bloody nice to keep to myself, and books also make amazing gifts! Seriously, if you're stuck for Christmas gift inspiration, the Penguin Threads collection is an excellent place to start. These beauties were commissioned by Penguin's art director, and were brought to life by Jillian Tamaki and Rachell Sumpter. They were initially sketched, before being hand stitched using needle and thread to create the designs. Each cover is sculpt embossed to create a textured book design. I own four out of the six that Penguin released, I bought one for myself and was very lucky to receive the others as gifts from famiy members. The two that I am yet to own are BLACK BEAUTY BY ANNA SEWELL (ISBN: 978-0143106470) and LITTLE WOMEN BY LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (ISBN: 978-0143106654). Oh, sweet lord. These books are beautiful, insanely beautiful. If you were to turn your average blogger into a book, they would probably look like some of these covers...if that makes any sense!
EMMA BY JANE AUSTEN (ISBN: 978-0143106463)
Not gunna lie, I have a very turbulent relationship with Austen. Her plot lines are just really not my sort of thing, sadly. Am I alone in that?! My desire for this novel pretty much stems from this bloody amazing cover! That said, I will be attempting to read this, as many people regard it as Austen's greatest work and I don't like to dismiss literature if I can help it. I will let you all know how I get on! I bought this as a gift for my best friend because I thought it'd make her look fancy pants in her Jane Austen classes and she absolutely adored it, so I would imagine many other people would be rather bloody glad to receive this on Christmas day too!
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS BY KENNETH GRAHAME (ISBN: 978-0143106647)
It's no secret that this is one of my favourite novels, ever. It's beautifully ethereal, and yet it also offers a very interesting social commentary on Edwardian society, and its trepidation of industrialism and the lower classes. I absolutely adored this novel as a child, but I would also highly recommend it to adults too. There's no words to describe just how stunning this edition is, it's my absolute favourite and I'm so glad I bought it despite the fact that I already have this book within my collection. You can also see my other Folio Society illustrated hardback edition of The Wind In The Willows here, if you'd like! No bookcase is complete without this book!
THE SECRET GARDEN BY FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT (isbn: 978-0143106456)
A children's classic! I read this again over the summer and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend this for children who want to delve into the classics, as well as adults who perhaps need a little pick me up.
the wizard of oz and other wonderful books of oz by l. frank baum (isbn: 978-0143106630)
I'm yet to read this book, as it's a little hefty. I know, I'm bloody awful aren't I?! This edition is just stunning, and I can't wait to get stuck in to it and go on a fantastical quest with all of the characters. Yeah, I get that serious about literature. This would also make a great gift for film buffs, and those of us who can't get through Christmas without watching Dorothy on her adventure. PUT 'EM UP! PUT 'EM UP!
What do you think? Will you be buying any of these for your friends / family / yourself? Let me know in the comments and please feel free to share some books with beautiful covers / books you will be giving people for Christmas because then everyone can have a peek and find some pretty awesome bookish gift ideas! I'm off to spend the day sorting through some things to sell online. Joy! ♥
This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you were to buy the books through the links that I have lovingly provided in the titles, I'd get 5% (wahoo, rollin' in it) to spend on books in the far off future. However, I either bought or was gifted by family members the books you see in this post. Kay?! Awesome.