Tuesday, February 01, 2011
My Penguin Classics...all mine!!!!
Posted by JaneGS
Guess who won the Penguin Ten Essentials Classics Redux contest? Guess who just opened a box of 24 Graphic Deluxe Classics? Guess who is dancing?
That's right...me!!! As my dear sixteen-year old daughter put, "How nerd-tastic of you!" I can tell she is so proud...
Actually, there were two winners. And since I guessed one wrong--my pick was Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men over Chaucer's Canterbury Tales--I assume my co-winner, Karen Sagun from Books and Chocolate (one of the blogs I follow!) was off by one as well. Congrats, Karen!
The really great thing about the 24 classics that I received is that some are spanking new editions of old favorites, some are entirely new to me, and some are ones that I have wanted to read for lo these many years.
Let's take a closer look...
First off, a Steinbeck I haven't read--namely The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights. That sounds great to me. I read Ethan Frome a year ago, but I remember loving this cover when I was looking for cover art for the blog (it's mostly hidden in this picture), and I've meant to read Dorothy Parker ever since Rory Gilmore couldn't shut up about her. Anybody want to enlighten me regarding The New York Trilogy?
I've been wanting to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle since I read a few reviews of it last year, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is officially on the 2011 reading list. I absolutely love the covers of Lady Chatterley's Lover and Great Expectations, which I would like to reread in anticipation of the new adaptation. My paperback Jane Eyre has been "borrowed" by my college-age daughter, so a replacement is welcome. Candide has always intrigued me but I never owned a copy. Maybe Canterbury Tales will become my new bedside book.
I love the cover of Pride and Prejudice, and my paperback copy (as opposed to my Annotated version or my Oxford edition) is literally falling apart--not that I will get rid of it, but museum pieces must be preserved! I've been wanting to reread The Scarlet Letter, but the copy I kept from high school has yellow pages and the type is too tiny for these eyes. Little Women is also on my 2011 must-read list, and I've been wanting to read Kafka ever since that Northern Exposure episode where Rob Morrow played him in one of the flashbacks to early days in Cicely. Gravity's Rainbow...dare I? Pynchon intimidates me, but maybe?
Thanks, Penguin. Your books will be treasured.