They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but sometimes I can’t help myself.
In the case of the Pinguin English Libraby Classics for example, I judge the book by it’s cover every single time. Good thing the covers of these books are absolutely amazingly beautiful, and the stories inside are classics (according to the name of collection) so I think you can’t go wrong with that! And if you don’t like the story, if for some reason it’s not for you, at least you have a hella stunning book to add to your shelves.
My obsession with these books started a few years ago when I was working in a bookstore. We had Bram Stoker’s Dracula in store in the Library Classics edition and my first thought was “that is pretty”, but at the time I really wasn’t into the more classic/grown-up books yet, I was mostly reading Young Adult. However the vampire/creepy aspect of the story kind of spoke to me, and because I just loved the cover as well I decided to get it. And I loved it! And that’s where my Libraby Classics obsession started. I own 5 of these books now and have a whole bunch on my wishlist still – some because of the covers, some because of the story.
The reason I am writing this post – as you could’ve seen from the title – is that the other day I walked into a bookstore (a really big nice fun bookstore) in Den Bosch on a mum and me day. And in that bookstore there was a small table full of the Penguin English Libraby Classics. The best part? There was an offer: 3 for the price of 2!! Naturally I couldn’t pass up this opportunity so I had a look at the collection they had and ended up with 2 great ones (I think) and one for my dad that I forgot to put in this photo but am probably gonna borrow from him some day so you’ll see that one soon enough 😉
Aah, aren’t they pretty?! Both are quite small short books, which I am actually very happy about because it means I can easily bring them with me in my handbag or on holiday without much extra weight. I was actually trying to decide between The Great God Pan and Peter Pan, mainly because the Peter Pan cover is soooo pretty (seriously, google it!), but I obviously ended up with The Great God Pan because the story seemed more like the books I am loving at the moment. I will one day get my hands on Peter Pan though. Also I was very much hoping that they had Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad because I desperately want to read that book, but sadly they didn’t have that one. Anyways, let’s have a look at the books I ended up with.
H. P. Lovecraft – At The Mountains Of Madness
“In this terrifying novella, an expedition to Antarctica goes horribly wrong when the explorers stumble upon some ancient ruins, unearthing a lost alien civilization and unleashing monstrous forces they cannot hope to control.”
Does that not sound great? I think it does. What drew me in right away is the one sentence about the author on the back: “H. P. Lovecraft invented modern horror fiction with his fantastical otherworlds, unearthly creatures and cosmic forces.”
It instantly reminded me of the book I’ve just finished reading, which I really enjoyed, and seemed like it would fit right in with the genres I’m loving right now – anything creepy and otherwordly. I also like I mentioned before, love the fact that it has only 122 pages, which means I will probably finish it in no time when I bring it on a train journey with me. I’ve already read a few pages of this one, and I’m liking it a lot so far!
Arthur Machen – The Great God Pan
“A pioneering writer of horror fiction and fantasy, Arthur Machen’s mystic tales of the weird and the occult explored ancient evils lying below the surface of everyday life.
Included here is his most famous work, The Great God Pan, hailed by Stephen King as one of the best horror stories ever written, as well as three other tales of strange drugs, ritual murder and a young girl initiated into the old way of pagan magic.”
I think it’s clear what made me pick this in the end. Again with the horror/fantasy, the creepy and the scary. I’m just loving it right now. What I especially like about this one is that it is a collection of short stories, so I can read one, then forget about the book and then pick it up and read another story. Haven’t started this one yet, so I can’t tell you my initial thoughts, but I’m excited to start reading!
Just one more time, how incredibly nice are the covers of these books? And I’m sure what’s on the inside is great as well. I’m thinking about doing a blog post about all my Penguin English Library Classics books one day, but first I need to actually read more of them, so I can tell you a bit about the actual stories as well.
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