I wasn’t able to head to any exciting book shops or restaurants or bars for my birthday this year (and I usually like to spend my birthday PROPERLY enjoying myself), so a little retail therapy was certainly on the cards.
I do love collecting books. The ones I bought will add to some of my favourites sets. I did want to purchase one other book that I’ve had my eye on for a while – Mexican Gothic. However, my process is that I purchase newer releases (read: anything that’s not a classic) second hand, and I then pass them on to friends and family when I’ve read them. Mexican Gothic seems to be too new at the moment for me to pick up a second hand copy online, so I’ll just have to wait.
So, here we go, my birthday books:
1. This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald
A beautiful Barnes and Noble leatherbound edition by one of my favourite authors. I love collecting these big, chunky books and I adore the quality- it’s exceptional.
You can find it here.
2. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
I have multiple editions of this book – my favourite novel. When I spotted this one, I had to get it. It’s a Puffin Clothbound Classic and a jewel in my collection.
You can get a copy here.
The next books are all Penguin clothbound classics. I strive to finish this collection, though they keep publishing beautiful new ones!
3. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (can be found here).
4. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (get it here).
5. Animal Farm – George Orwell (available here).
I’m so pleased with this little stack. I’m already looking forward my next birthday!
Bright, light books should grace everyone’s shelves. These are six of my particular favourites. The Wuthering Heights and Pride & Prejudice are part of the glorious Thomas Nelson Seasons Paper Cut series. These fall under winter – the summer set is available for preorder now. They are some of the most gorgeously intricate designs I’ve ever seen. Also included are my incredibly special Anna Karenina and the Knickerbocker Jules Verne collection.
Here’s where you can find them (starting from the bottom):
Jules Verne – The Ultimate Collection
Pride & Prejudice
The Beautiful and Damned
Romeo and Juliet
Late spring is perhaps my favourite time of year. The anticipation of summer and long, warm days ahead, bright flowers bursting onto the scene and chirruping birds. Throw in some glorious sunshine and I don’t think you can beat it.
This is the mood I was trying to convey with this image. Here are the links to the books that I featured (starting from the bottom):
Jane Austen: The Complete Novels
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Civilization and It’s Discontents
Ah, this is one of my favourite photos that I’ve taken in a long time. I love the colours, they remind me of spring. Here’s where you can find the books to brighten up your bookcase. They’re a variety of publishers and editions, and I’ve done my best to locate them all for you. Here they are, from bottom up:
Little Women (Leatherbound)
Jane Austen Complete Novels
Little Women (Flexibound)
The Singer not the Song
Civilization and Its Discontents
And my floral bone china tea cup is here.
I hope you enjoy these beautiful books as much as I do.
These four black books contain some of my favourite works. The one novel – Dracula – is close to the top of my list of classics I enjoy the most. It is always a delight to read (and the recent BBC adaptation was a delight to watch – amazing for binging!). The other three books contain short stories and novellas from some of the very best authors. The Flame Tree short stories in particular are fantastic value for money.
Here’s where I got them from:
Haunted House Short Stories
Classic Works From Women Writers – currently only £12.99
F. Scott Fitzgerald Classic Works
I’m struggling to find anywhere that is stocking my little espresso cup, but the mug version is here. I picked my cups up in a Manchester library.
I’d love to hear from you if you decide to get any of these books!
I don’t think I actually need to say a word. These books are glorious. Barnes and Noble leatherbound books are the epitome of beauty for me. These special editions look gorgeous on my bookshelf, are a pleasure to read and would make amazing gifts. In fact, I regularly give friends and family these editions as presents. They always go down well!
Here are the ones I own. Enjoy:
F. Scott Fitzgerald Classic Works
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Arabian Nights
War and Peace
Aesop’s Illustrated Fables
Tales of Mystery and Imagination – not the exact edition but similar.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
I hope you enjoy getting your collection started!