One of the benefits of working in a bookstore is getting to see new books when they come in. I happened to be walking through the store the other day when I spotted a book in the New in Fiction section that just seemed unique. I loved the look of it, even from a distance, and whoever said “never judge a book by a cover” has clearly never seen some of the horrific covers that are out there. Anyway, I loved it – it was a small, hardcover copy of The Lord of the Flies and I noted that it appeared to part of a release by Penguin.
A quick Google later told me that it was indeed a collection that Penguin was releasing called Penguin Drop Caps. This is what the Penguin website says about them,
“Penguin Drop Caps is a series of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of fine works of literature, each featuring on its cover a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by type designer Jessica Hische. A collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, whose series design encompasses a rainbow-hued spectrum across all twenty-six books, Penguin Drop Caps debuted with an ‘A’ for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a ‘B’ for Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and a ‘C’ for Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, and continues with more perennial classics from Penguin.”
And y’all… they are gorgeous. And cute. And the perfect size to curl up with on the couch and just sink into.
Perhaps, the book nerd in me is far more excited than you are about this. Soooooo…. of course I decide that I must collect these. I made myself a deal, I could buy them, but if I haven’t read them, those go to the top of the must read list.
Having a degree in Literature, I’ve read a lot of classics. Between high school and college, I had quite a lengthy list of required reading. However, there are plenty of classics on the list that I haven’t read. The A for Jane Austen was a given, and as a female who loves to read, you can be sure I’ve read (and watched… Helloooo Colin Firth) Pride & Prejudice multiple times. B was for Charlotte Bronte, and Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books I ever read. It’s one I look forward to introducing Pickle to, and maybe, JUST MAYBE, if she ever enjoys reading out loud with me again, one that we read together.
C is where my reading requirement hits, as I have not read Willa Cather’s My Antonia. Truthfully, I knew very little about Willa Cather at all prior to picking up the book. Born in Virginia (woo!), travelled to Nebraska as a child, she sounds very Laura Ingalls. I can’t wait to settle down tonight with the book, some sweet tea, and a couch shared with the mister.