Summer Reading.

Every so often I scroll through my Amazon cart and gift myself one of the lovely clothbound Penguin Classics. It's fun to treat myself and to see my collection grow. The beautiful covers, with their pretty colors + simple illustrations, make me happy. 


I've already plowed through half of them with Jane Eyre being my current read. It's my first experience with this story and I have to say, it just may be my favorite. Ever. It's the sort of story I never want to end but can't wait to finish all at the same time. Does that make any sense?


Once I am finished I think I'm ready to read something modern. This book has caught my eye recently. Have you read it? Or perhaps you have another suggestion?

33 comments:

  1. There's something very nostalgic about your fabric covered books. And they look like they are begging to be paired with a cozy blanket and a warm mug of cocoa.

    Thanks for the book recommendation, I'll have to check it out!

    You may have already read it, but The Help is one of my favorites. To me, it's right up there with To Kill A Mockingbird.

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  2. LOVE all those classic stories and I had no idea that you could buy them with such pretty covers! I think I need to put some of these books on my wish list. They would definitely brighten up some of my bookshelves!

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  3. Tiffani, The Help is also at the top of my favorites list. Is it weird to say I think about those characters often?

    Robin, you definitely need some of these books. You'll love them forever plus they are pretty. What's not to like about that?

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  4. Not weird at all, Danyelle. I am reading it again, because I can't seem to get enough of those characters. Oh, and the movie coming out in August? So excited!

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  5. Oh man, Jane Eyre is my favorite of all time. I have a few copies, but I most recently purchased this one: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jane-eyre-charlotte-bronte/1030009703?ean=9781435129740&itm=2&usri=jane%2beyre

    So pretty. Have you seen the new movie?

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  6. I love those books. I have a hard time buying them since I already have most of them in other copies but they are just too pretty to resist. A few recommendations...
    ~The Guernsay Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Such a lovely book.
    ~The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. A mystery book. Loved it.
    ~Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael. Although it is a work of fiction, it was very well researched. It made me love the Brontes even more.

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  7. I love love love Jane Eyre. This year is the first time I've never read it. I have not read the other book, but I've read Steve Martin's Shop Girl and it's one of my favorites. I would like to read his others. Shop Girl, the movie based on his novella, is also one of my favorite movies.

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  8. Jane Eyre is one of my all time favorites!!

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  9. Have you read Unbroken yet? Its a-maze-ing. A true story of a WWII POW. I just finished The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and loved every word. One of my all time faves: Beneath a Marble Sky (the love story behind the building of the Taj Mahal). Just get past the first chapter because you kind of have to get used to his writing style.

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  10. Funny, I have been thinking of Jane Eyre lately. I read it moons ago But have forgotten most of the story.

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  11. I love those books but I'm not a huge fan of the classics. I just bough the children's classics from anthropologie and I love them. I have big dreams of reading them to my kids some time soon.

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  12. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim and The Summer Book by Tove Jansson are both set during the summer. No Tomorrow by Vivant Denon. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey. The Winds of Heaven by Monica Dickens.

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  13. Oh, I do the very same thing! I can't wait to get the Tale of Two Cities... the knitting needle design is so pretty.

    I just read East of Eden again and loved, loved, loved it.

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  14. Covet!

    Isn't this collection gorgeous? I was an English major in college, and so I still feel obligated to read a few classics every year (in between readings of Good Night Moon).

    Jane Eyre always seems to get more interesting to me each time I pick it up.

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  15. Oh, I love Jane Eyre. It's one of my very favorites. I am in the middle of Gone With the Wind right now. It is so so good! I second Alicia's recommendations and would add These is My Words (maybe my favorite book ever) and The Blue Star (my most recent read).

    Are you on goodreads?

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  16. I just read Jane Eyre for the first time too! I thought I was the only gal in the planet who never had to read it in high school or college. I read it on my Kindle and was even more satisfied because it was free. (Many classics are free on the Kindle) Definitely one of the top 5 books I have read. Thinking of tackling Tale of Two Cities this summer. Love your blog. Lots of inspiration and beauty. Cheers from Seattle.

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  17. I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho about a year ago. Easily one of my favorites. Such a great book about following your heart. I have a copy if you want to borrow it. :)

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  18. I second several of the suggestions already here, but can I offer a juvenile fiction that my family has fallen in love with? The Mysterious Benedict Society. We read it aloud as a family (my kids are 11, 8, and 5), and it was such a hit!! Even my husband was like, "One more chapter???" every night. The best part was we got into some great discussions spurred by the book. It feels amazing to have (somewhat) philosophical discussions with your kids....it really reminds me that these are PEOPLE that I'm so lucky to be raising, not just kids. (Which also happens to be a lesson I learned from the book.)

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  19. i'm a huge fan of anything by elizabeth berg! i especially love her book the year of pleasures. also, your picture of the open book? so pretty.

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  20. great suggestions from the others. Object of beauty- I could not get into.. adore Shop Girl though.

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  21. Jane Eyre is the best book I've ever read. The way Bronte uses language makes me long to read more vintage literature.

    Currently I am reading Anne of Green Gables and it is so so good too. I've seen the movies but have never read the books [besides an abridged children's version].

    Our TV went out last night and I am so glad because it means that everyone will have to read instead :)

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  22. I'm not much for classics myself, but after hearing so much about Jane Eyre I am going to give it a try one of these days. I can't recommend the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series enough. I LOVE those books!

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  23. Belinda, I haven't seen the new movie. Waiting until I finish the book.

    Stephanie, I'm not on Goodreads but I've been meaning to check it out.

    Julie, The Alchemist is on my list!

    Tiff, Easton has read all of the Benedict Society books and has loved them. I like your idea about reading them aloud together. I think we'll have to add that to our summer list.

    Thanks everyone for such great recommendations + sweet comments! I will be revisiting this post often. :)

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  24. i am so mad! i just posted a very long (probably too long) post about my favorite books and my LOVE of jane eyre but alas, blogger threw it out the window.
    the main idea of my post was this:
    get on goodreads.com . i am Noelle T on there and it is the pinterest of books. you will never want for a good book.

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  26. Jane eyre really is one of the best

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  27. I love fabric covered books - I need to add to my collection! Old books like that make me so so happy. My favorite classic is definitely Anna Karenina - it's long, but it's truly life-changing and so inspiring!!!
    Star Hughes Living

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  28. I literally just finished reading Jane Eyre this morning! Such a wonderful period peice.

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  29. I'm in book reading mode now too- must be summer. Just makes me want to have a book going so I can sit on the porch and snuggle with my coffee and a good book. I'm reading "state of wonder" by Ann Patchett now. One of my favorite authors with wonderful stories and passages that literally make me stop,take a breath and just read them out loud to someone else because they are that poetic!

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  30. If you are into classics, I really enjoyed "A Tale of Two Cities" too (I saw several others recommended it already).

    I also really like "Great Expectations."

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  31. I so love books in general, but these are a little extra kind of special! The designs and color choices are the perfect mix of modern and vintage. Well done, Penguin Classics!

    Thanks for putting these on your blog--I'll be starting my own collection now! And I don't know if you've made your way through Pride & Prejudice yet, but it's always been one of my favorites (and I've always sort of preferred Austen to the Bronte sisters...)

    Cheers!
    Allison
    thecheddarguppies.com

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  32. i started this collection too! My bf spent a small fortune getting me the first two that were out of print shipped over from australia for me. Madame bovary and the brown one.. darnit!

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