Judging books by their covers

Last week B and I were in Barnes and Noble, where they had a display of hardback classic novels with the most gorgeous covers.  I could not resist buying these two; I haven’t read either and wouldn’t mind owning them.  Plus I just couldn’t say no to these covers.

The pages are edged in gold, too.  These will look so good on my shelf!

I absolutely buy specific versions of books because I like the covers.  As soon as I saw these versions of Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy I knew I needed them!  I still think they are some of the most gorgeous books I own.

It’s your turn to fess up.  🙂 Do any of you have specific editions that you like because they are pretty?  Or even bought a book you haven’t read before just because you liked the cover?

10 thoughts on “Judging books by their covers

  1. Luther M. Siler August 14, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    I’m embarrassed to admit how long I had the HDM trilogy before I realized the name stretched across the three covers like that. And the answer to your question is yes– my LOTR books alone amount to a collection at this point, because every time they do a cool new edition I have to fight off buying it. This is the latest acquisition:


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    • Mei-Mei August 14, 2015 / 11:03 pm

      I’m sad to say I don’t have any pretty copies of LOTR; we have sets handed down from our parents, so rather sentimental instead. That pocket set is beautiful, I may have to look into getting that 🙂 Some books you can never have too many copies of!


  2. NovEllaandBanannabelle August 16, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    Book covers can be so interesting. It looks like you picked up some real gems!
    I have to admit my bookshelves contain multiple copies of LOTR books as well…

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  3. Marcia Strykowski August 22, 2015 / 8:26 am

    I can see why you couldn’t resist Dune and John Carter, such BEAUTIFUL books! The Pullman books and Luther’s LOTR set are gorgeous, too. Last year my library’s book sale had a donated collection of beautiful Easton Press leather-bound books. I bought the lot for about $10 and shared with my kids–eight beautiful classics that look so pretty on the shelf–David Copperfield, Sherlock Holmes, etc. 🙂

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    • Mei-Mei August 22, 2015 / 1:22 pm

      Wow, sounds awesome! What a great thing to share with your kids, too.


  4. bookshelfbattle August 22, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    I liked John Carter. I thought the movie was great. I don’t know why it was so panned by the critics. Oh well.


    • Mei-Mei August 22, 2015 / 2:18 pm

      You know, I liked it, too. Not groundbreaking, but definitely a fun sci-fi flick. I think Disney made huge mistakes in how they promoted it, though, including the trailers and even the title of the movie itself.

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      • bookshelfbattle August 22, 2015 / 2:21 pm

        I mean I have no interest in watching it again but like every so often the critics work themselves up to a frothy lather and shout “this is the worst movie ever made! It is an abomination!” and it’s like, what? What am I missing?

        I thought it was creative that they made Edgar Rice Burroughs a character.


      • Mei-Mei August 22, 2015 / 2:32 pm

        I’m not a great movie critic as I enjoy a lot of mediocre movies, and don’t “get” some apparently great ones.

        I did think that was a creative choice. I remember being pleasantly surprised by that idea. Maybe I just had super low expectations from the awful trailers.

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