Thursday, 20 May 2010

'Red' any good books lately?



I can't resist a pretty book cover and these are no exception. I saw them announced on the Penguin Books twitter today; they are the result of a collaboration between (Product) Red and Penguin Books. They have released a set of 8 classics, with reworked covers all in red. Half of the profits go towards (Product) Red, which is a charity trying to eliminate aids in Africa. So not only do the books look great, but they can help do great things too. I ordered a copy of Therese Raquin by Emile Zola this morning. I also love the cover for The House of Mirth, but since I already have a copy of that book my common sense told me not to buy it. I am such a sucker for pretty books though. I constantly walk around the library in work picking up books that I want to read based solely on the cover. Shallow, moi? Do you judge a book by it's cover?

21 comments:

  1. Oh goodness, those really are lovely.
    I've been known, on more than one occasion, to buy a second copy of a book just because it has a prettier cover. tut tut.

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  2. oo I like these, I've seen the redesigned covers for Wuthering Heights and whatnot, based off of Twilight, but these are oh so much better

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  3. These are lovely! I admit, I've been guilty once or twice of standing in Waterstones with 3 copies of the same book for ten minutes, deciding which one is prettier.
    (Zola is such a great writer too - good choice!)

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  4. those covers are so cute ive never heard of them but i may need to pick one up!

    would love you to visit Passport Glamour & follow if you like!

    Anna Katrina
    http://passportglamour.blogspot.com/

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  5. Wonderful covers! I do the exact same thing with books lol. When I see a pretty cover I automatically pick it up and hope its a good read :)

    http://hayleygolightlystyle.blogspot.com/

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  6. thanks for your comment, lovely! ohh, yes, you must go to the v&a, i totally reccomend it, i go there as often as i can. some say i might be a little obsessed with the place, hehe.

    i agree, i definately judge a book by it's cover. i tend to instantly be drawn to pretty pastel covers or old fashioned ones with beautiful patterns.

    have a wonderful evening.
    love, jazzabelle. xxx

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  7. what a wonderful idea! I love all of these redesigned covers.

    http://diyainherstilettos.blogspot.com/

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  8. These covers are gorgeous, I am always swayed by pretty books - especially ones with illustrations!

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  9. Absolutely! I am such a visual person, which probably explains why I share equal passions for great art and literature. When the two combine...heaven!

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  10. I always judge them by their covers! So shallow... but so pretty! :)

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  11. Oh they look lovely. I'm terrible for judging books by their covers!

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  12. Aren't they fab? I got the email about it today and immediately entered the competition - hope I win!

    I tend to judge books by their spines more than anything else - don't often look at the cover until I've read the spine and the back to see what it's about. I am a sucker for a beautiful book though.

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  13. these are really lovely! it is a great idea for a collaboration!
    I also judge books by their cover, but mostly a bad cover has a lovely book inside!
    also, yes, no H&M here, I die! :( because where I lived before I had one I went every week! :/
    but I got to wear a bikini today and went to the beach! it was so hot, it reached 30ºC :)

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  14. These are great! Thanks for posting about them, I have to get one!!

    www.loloholmes.tumblr.com

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  15. YES! I'm a right old bookaholic, and as well as the content, I love the physical object. The smell, the feel, the colour - all so important.

    And some of my favourite EVER books were chosen because of the cover & the interesting text on the back - like Geek Love.

    I'm no Zadie Smith fan but I bought Changing My Mind based on the beautifully designed cover & it didn't disappoint

    Just found your blog, so nice! I'm at www.theenchantedhunters.com

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  16. I am in the lib. a lot myself..I dunno..sometimes, I have. Other times..I have to read the first paragraph before I want to check it out.

    Lovely, post.

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  17. These covers are so pretty! I just got some of the hardcover Penguin Classics and they are so lovely.
    I try not to judge a book by its cover but I probably do. It's much more aesthetically pleasing when a good book has a good cover :)

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  18. These look amazing!!! I really wish I didn't already own them all! But I suppose it IS for charity!!!

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  19. I judge a book for its cover many more times than I shoulddo it, I can't resist! I love every single part of a book, no only the inside but everything :)
    By the way, do you have family in Spain? or are realted to somehow? Spain is different! :)

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  20. Have you seen the penguin classics designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith? They are wonderfully elegant and I've bought so many of them because I can't resist, they look beautiful on my bookshelves. I just re-read Jane Eyre and remembered how much I love it, it is so much more poetic than any of our modern day romances!

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