Happy National Book Lovers Day! Feels good to have a random, obscure holiday in our honor, doesn’t it? Celebrate this day that’s all about you by giving yourself a gift (or three).
What better way to celebrate National Book Lovers Day than by adding some seriously gorgeous versions of your favorite classic tales to your shelf? Each of these fabulous tomes is just as beautiful outside as it is inside. Just this once, go ahead–judge a book by its cover.
I’ll be honest, I’m completely biased about this one. As a graduate of Winter Park High School, I’ve got some personal affinity for anything Rifle Paper Co.–based in Winter Park, FL–lends it’s florals and flourishes to. Floridian or no, anyone can get behind this whimsical version Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.
This cover makes you want to gently brush the pixie dust off before diving into the adventures of Peter, Tink, Wendy, and Captain Hook. Check out the Tanamachi Studio blog to watch a totally mesmerizing time-lapse video of the artist drawing this cover!
The Penguin Threads series takes beautiful book covers to a whole new level. Each book is embroidered to bring the images into a tactile dimension. I particularly love the use of green stitching emanating from the end of the yellow brick road–each line drives home the idea of the Emerald city and beautifully frames the title.
Penguin Classics were one of the first to revitalize the packaging for their Classics series in recent years. They’ve since grown their list of fantastic clothbound classics to 62 titles! Whether your favorite is The Odyssey, A Tale of Two Cities, Anna Karenina, or The Pearl, you can find a new favorite version to add a pop of color to your library. The reasonable prices on these (most are under $25), make them great gifts as well!
The original fairy tales from The Brothers Grimm that inspired the Disney princesses of our childhoods were, well, grim. They were dark, terrifying–and often graphic–tales. I absolutely love how Camille Rose Garcia’s interpretation of this classic story evokes the darker side of the fairy tale, while remaining undeniably beautiful.
Any of these reinvented classics series will add a pop of color to your shelf–just as they add new life to these famous stories!