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The Penguin English Library

25th February 2016

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I LOVE books. Love love love.

I read every single day and more often than not, you’ll find me at home reading a good book. I am a party animal.

The last year or so, I read most of my books as ebooks, and read very few books in hand. I think many of us had an ebook moment. For me, that moment has mostly past. I am back to reading (and buying) actual books and I love it.

I’ve also discovered the book community on Instagram (bookstagrammers) recently, and am mildly obsessed. Honestly, I have no idea how it works or how one gets thousands of followers and likes, but that’s not really why I’m trying it out. I love it because I’ve discovered so many great books and collections by following the #bookstagram hashtag. One of these collections is the PENGUIN ENGLISH LIBRARY.

The Penguin English Library is a collection of 100 beloved classics, with book covers designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. They are lovely and in paperback format,  so they are very affordable. And their spines are dreamy, as you can see above, especially when displayed as a collection.

Aren’t they dreamy?? Check out 60 of the 100 below.

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You can find these beauties in stores and online, although you might have to get resourceful if you’re after the entire set. I sadly don’t have any of these just yet, but they’re on the official husband-buy-me-these list for when he needs gift ideas (which is always). I’m partial to Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters so I’m starting with those.

Do you own any of these Penguin English Library editions?? Check out the full list below:

  1. Emma by Jane Austen
  2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  4. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  7. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  8. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  10. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  11. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  13. Evelina by Fanny Burney
  14. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
  15. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland andThrough the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  16. The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
  17. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  18. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  19. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  20. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  21. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
  22. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  23. The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases by Arthur Conan Doyle
  24. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  25. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  26. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  27. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  28. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
  29. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  31. Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  32. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  33. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  34. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  35. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  36. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
  37. Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
  38. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
  39. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  40. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  41. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  42. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  43. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  44. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  45. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  46. Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
  47. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  48. Howards End by E.M. Forster
  49. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
  50. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
  51. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  52. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  53. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  54. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  55. New Grub Street by George R. Gissing
  56. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  57. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  58. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  59. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  60. Tess of D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
  61. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
  62. Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
  63. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  64. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
  65. Daisy Miller and the Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  66. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  67. Washington Square by Henry James
  68. The Wings of a Dove by Henry James
  69. Dubliners by James Joyce
  70. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  71. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  72. The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
  73. Melmuth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
  74. The Confidence Man and Billy Budd, Sailer by Herman Melville
  75. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  76. The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales by Edgar Allen Poe
  77. Pamela by Samuel Richardson
  78. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  79. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  80. Humphrey Clinker by Tobias Smollett
  81. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Lawrence Sterne
  82. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  83. Treasure Island and The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson
  84. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  85. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  86. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery
  87. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
  88. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
  89. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope
  90. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
  91. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope
  92. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  93. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  94. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  95. The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells
  96. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  97. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  98. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  99. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  100. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

May the Fourth Be With You!

4th May 2011

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!!

Star Wars is HUGE at our house – HUGE! Nothing has thrilled my husband more than being able to watch the entire Star Wars series with our seven year old. We’re big fans of dressing up and posing for some fun pics too, and the kids and their dad are constantly reenacting scenes from the movies. Even the four year old can name most of the characters – we’re very proud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So of course I said yes when DK Canada asked me to be a part of their May the Fourth Be With You event. Each of the bloggers involved in this event are reviewing a different Star Wars title – my choice was Star Wars Complete Cross-Sections – The Spacecraft and Vehicles of the ENTIRE Star Wars saga. As my seven year old said, after staring at it for a really long time, “This is a really cool book!”  He’s absolutely right. Star Wars Complete Cross-Sections includes every major vehicle (more than 50) from all six Star Wars movies. Each of the illustrations are full colour, huge and incredibly detailed. I wasn’t surprised to read that in creating this book, DK was “given access to exclusive photos and blueprints, original scale models, and preproduction sketches from the Lucasfilm Archives at Skywalker Ranch.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by David West Reynolds and Curtis Saxton, and illustrated by Hans Jenssen and Richard Chasemore, Star Wars Complete Cross-Sections is a perfect and unique book for any Star Wars fan. “Every picture is awesome” and “one of my favorites, Mommy!”  It is an absolute winner! It retails for $40.00 Cdn ($35 U.S.).

ALSO…..

DK Canada is launching a really fun contest today – Canadians are invited to send in photographs of themselves, their friends and/or family reading Star Wars books! For every photo that is submitted, DK Publishing will donate a “toonie” to Frontier College. One of the photos will be selected as a winning image, with the entrant receiving a complete DK Star Wars library (valued at $400). Also, a donation of a complete DK Readers Star Wars collection (29 books) will be made to the Canadian school or library of the winners choice!

This contest will run from May 4th to May 31st! Please go here to enter this fantastic contest!

For the Love of Reading

21st June 2009

Books – they are my absolute favorite thing. Just being around books makes me happy, which is why I love to spend time in bookstores. As a young child, I was a voracious reader. I was that little kid that always carried a book – to the store, to my dad’s restaurant, even to church. And although my parents couldn’t read to me in English, they encouraged it all the time. My mom would take me to the library often, and I would come home very happy, with a bag full of books. It was all about reading for me.nikobook

When I was pregnant with my first child, I knew how important books had been to me as a little girl and I wanted to instill the love of reading in him as well. Before he was even born, I had purchased enough children’s books to fill an entire bookshelf. I read to him all the time. I would look for cues from him to decide what new book I would pick up next, whether it be a new interest in animals, cars, or other babies. By reading consistently with him, he was able to learn to count, say his abcs, identify colours and shapes all by the age of 3, as has his little sister. I pride myself in knowing that both my kids love books now as much as I do, as evident by the hundreds of books in our home. No matter how the day has gone, I know it will end with my kids snuggled up close to me, while we read our bedtime stories. They insist on it, and I’m glad they do.

Funny children’s books are very popular in our house – my kids love them. Our absolute favorite right now is The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers. Olive Jeffers is both the author and illustrator of his books, and he is hysterical. This book is so creative and so funny that my kids cannot get enough of it. In fact, we adore all of his books, and read them often. This particular book is about a boy who likes to eat books. He discovers that the more he reads, the smarter he gets. But when he starts eating too many books too quickly, both his mind and his body revolt. When he’s told that he has to stop eating the books, he realizes that he actually loves to read the books that he used to eat. The illustrations are perfectly matched to the words, and make my kids giggle hysterically. You will enjoy reading this book, just as much as the kids will enjoy listening to it. nikojeffers

I am always on the lookout for fun, new storybooks for my kids. As I mentioned before, I love to talk about books, and we have many favorites, so I think I would like to make this a weekly post. Hopefully it will give you and your kids some new books to look out for. Please leave us a comment and let us know if you’ve ever read this book, or any by Oliver Jeffers. I would also love to hear what you think about the book, and any suggestions you think we should check out.

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