I love books. And I love pretty books even more. It might be silly, but a pretty cover and good quality paper will always win me over. A few years ago I discovered the Penguin Clothbound Classics series and fell heads over heels.
Since then I have slowly built my collection to a grand number of nine books (don’t ask me how much money that adds up to – I don’t want to think about it…). Currently my collection includes: Emma and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre and Villette by Charlotte Brontë, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. My aim is to own all the Jane Austen books and the Brontë books, and then whichever of the other ones that I particularly like.
Apart from the covers, I also love the quality of the paper and the font (such little things, but they make such a difference!). Sadly the print has started rubbing off for some of them, which is a little bit disappointing. I’m almost scared to read my Emma book in case the pretty chairs start peeling off!
Do you have any particular collections that you collect, or just admire from afar?