Classic Book Editions I Crave!

Readers, prepare for pictures of pretty books to head your way…

Hello all, it’s Alice from Alice Reads Classics and today’s post is about the editions of classic books that I pretty much have my eyes on and would love to add to my growing book collection! Please note that I don’t own the images that will be used in this post but original sources will be credited! After that quick disclaimer, let’s actually look at the books shall we? 😀

1, Beauty and the Beast

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According to the Amazon description, this comes with a fold-out map and due to my love of Geography, I love maps and if it is bookish related, I love them even more! I have physically held a copy of this edition before and even though it was heavy, I knew the front cover design really caught my eye. I haven’t seen the new live-action Beauty and the Beast film but I do want to see it at some point.

2, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights


This image clip is from the book’s about me page on Amazon: I used to have a VERY NAFF EDITION of Arthurian Legends but donated it years ago because it just didn’t look very pretty on my shelves. This edition however is purple and gold and can attempt to blend into my bedroom walls which are painted purple.

3, Anne of Green Gables

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Blue is my all-time favourite colour and love how the colours come together nicely. It’s a gorgeous design but sadly this is only available in the US and I live in the UK *sobs* but Anne of Green Gables is one of my favourite children’s classics which I do have a physical copy of but it isn’t as nice as this one.

4, The Secret Garden

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I had a mass market paperback of The Secret Garden and my childhood was spent constantly reading and re-reading it and watching the film on repeat much to the annoyance of my family who kept witnessing the same scenes over and over again! I no longer have any editions of it but I love seeing pictures of keys on book covers so this one caught my eye.

5, The Green Fairy Book

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I started to look for Folio Society editions during my birthday holiday in Hay-On-Wye and one of the ones I spotted and literally couldn’t take my eyes off was this one. I haven’t heard of the fairy books before and Green isn’t even my favourite colour but I hope to read this one day since I did enjoy reading and writing fairy stories in my childhood.

Thanks so much for reading, let me know if you have any of these editions that I’ve mentioned in this post. Have a great day, see you all soon!




Visit To Bookbarn: A Mostly Penguins Book Haul

Just when you thought Alice bought too many books from her experiences in Hay the previous week for her 19th birthday, along come six new purchases! *faints* Believe me, book buying bans never work. What appeals to me about Penguins is that a few I found today, I honestly have no idea what the plotline is about or other people’s thoughts on them. So, I’m feeling excited and nervous to read them. So, let’s get started and explain why I picked up these books:

First is Flowers In The Attic by Virginia Andrews. This review (when I’ve read it) most likely will be posted on my other blog (Married To Books Reviews and Blog) because this isn’t a classics or a Penguin book. After no luck finding it in Hay, my Mum found a copy just as I was about to leave Bookbarn and pay for the stack of books I already had on my hand. All I know about the book is that it involves four children who live alone in an attic after their father dies and their mother keeps them in the attic after promising them an inheritance. I’ve heard very mixed reviews on this book so I plan to tread carefully with reading it.

Next is Penguin book number 1344, Where Angels Fear To Tread by E.M Forster. At the time of writing this post, I’m literally about to start reading A Room With A View written by the same author. My Mum said that she studied this book back when she was at sixth form but I have zero idea what it is about.

I also found my first ever Penguin Green! It’s number 2321, The Merry Hippo by Elspeth Huxley. All I know from just flicking through the book is that the location where this is set is in Africa and obviously someone dies. But I don’t know who 😛

(Internal commentary by Alice- Must read more on the book before I blog about it).

Moving on…

I acquired Men At Arms by Evelyn Waugh. This is the first book in a trilogy about a guy called Guy (You read that right) who goes to war under the Royal Corps of Halberdiers. Evelyn also wrote Brideshead Revisited which currently I haven’t read. Let me know if I should read it!

Book five is volume one of short stories by F.Scott Fitzgerald who wrote The Great Gatsby called The Diamond As Big As The Ritz. I don’t know about you readers but I absolutely love reading short stories! I did purchase in Hay some other short story collections but this one caught my we immediately.

The final book in this haul is Around The World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne which I read aged nine. I also have watched the film version with Pierce Brosnan in. Thanks to my Dad who found this lovely edition for me since I used to own a copy of this book but it was not the best condition so decided to donate it, now I have a copy again!

That concludes my book haul! All of these books were purchased at Bookbarn International which is based in SW England and is England’s largest used Book Warehouse. I started buying and reading books there aged five and now at nineteen, I’m still finding a stack of books each time even though I have no shelf space to store them all on. I love the range of Penguins that they have scattered around. Definitely worth a visit!

That’s it for this post, it was a long one but thanks so much for sticking by. Don’t forgot to like, comment and subscribe. See you all soon with a new post!


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