I've never been much for classic books. It's not because I'm a snob who only thinks new books are good; it's just because most of them have never caught my interest. I do like Jane Austen's works, of course, as well as To Kill a Mockingbird and some of the classics I had abridged versions of when I was young (The Secret Garden, Little Women, Black Beauty...).
Well, last fall, at Joseph-Beth's VIP night, I discovered the delightful thing that is a Word Cloud Classics edition. They look a little something like this:
They're called "Word Cloud" editions because of the words printed into the soft leathery covers. These words are characters, places, and quotes from the book.
I picked one up and promptly fell in love with the look. The end papers, the soft feel of the cover, the colors, the little symbols stamped on the spines...
I knew I had to start collecting these editions. Of course, this dream took a good eight months to come to fruition. My parents gifted me The Secret Garden for my birthday, but then I was hooked. Since then, I've acquired five more - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Emma, Black Beauty, Sense and Sensibility, and Hans Christian Andersen Tales.
There's a Goodreads list that has all of them (I think) organized in one place. I encourage you to collect these gorgeous books as well! They're releasing at least two more in the spring - Mansfield Park (in the most beautiful shade of mint green) and Shakespeare's Sonnets.
So which Word Cloud Classics editions do you like best? If you could add any books to the collection, what would it be?
I'd personally want to see Wuthering Heights, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Phantom of the Opera.