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Clothbound Classics

I will always be a book fan – theres nothing better than a great collection on your shelf! I will always choose a physical book over a download, theres just something about getting a brand new book.

My sister introduced me to the Penguin Clothbound Classics range in October 2012. As soon as I started reading the clothbound edition of ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ I just knew I had to collect them all!

The Clothbound Classics range are designed by the immensely talented Coralie Bickford-Smith in partnership with Penguin. If you are interested in learning more about Coralie and the process to create these fantastic books, you can find a fantastic interview here.

In the meantime…..heres some lovely photos (Thank you new camera!!) of the books i’ve already collected.

Sense and Sensibility Clothbound Classic Pride and Prejudice Clothbound Classic Oliver Twist Clothbound Classic IMG_0800 Clothbound Classics Treasure Island Clothbound Classic Edgar Allen Poe


My dream Clothbound versions would be:

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Wizard of Oz


The Chrysalids

Game of Thrones Series

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More information on the Clothbound Classics can be found here and if you are interested in perusing them in person, head over to your local Waterstones and I hope you find them as beautiful as I do 🙂

The Edgar Allen Poe Leather-bound book is a Barnes and Nobel edition – also available at Waterstones! Not all of this series is available in the UK, although you can order then from the USA Barnes and Nobel website for quite reasonable shipping costs.

I would love the Jurassic Park and Wicked versions – Waterstones please get these in!

Have you tried Goodreads?

Catching up on some bloggy reading a couple of nights ago and I came across a fabulous post by Free Page Numbers on Goodreads!

Goodreads is an online way to keep track of things you’re reading and to share your recent reads with others. It also lets you set reading challenges (squeal!) for yourself and review and rate what you have read.

So i’ve set myself the challenge of reading 30 – yes 30! – books this year. I’ve been keeping a ‘recent reading’ category on here for a month or so now which so far has included the Hunger Games trilogy(The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay), Thirteen Reasons Why and One Day. I’ve added a nifty little widget on the side here so you can keep track of where i’m up to and heckle me when I fall too far behind.

I plan on doing a little write up of each of the books on here once I finish them.

In my pile to read I have ‘1984’ to finish off, a Wallis Simpson biography and a book on the way called ‘Carmilla’. I ordered it after reading a fab review here

I would LOVE to be a part of a book club, but with little time and a slight fear of talking in a group (I get serious word vomit), keeping an online diary seems to be the best plan!

Has anyone else tried it? If you want to follow my reading you can here, I would love to chat about books!

Im feeling really rotten right now with this flu bug thats going around so no serious reading until i’m better 😦

Recent Reading – The Hunger Games

I love a good trilogy…well set of books anyway (I’ve been reading True Blood and theres way more than 3 books in that saga). I’ve seen quite a few posts about The Hunger Games over the past few months so was curious about the trilogy.

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May the odds be ever in your favor

I’ll be the first to admit it, I loved the twilight saga books when they came out, I couldn’t read them enough! I thought the first film was great but once the ‘Hollywood machine’ took over it felt like something special was taken from the books. I haven’t even seen the third and fourth films….im keepin’ my dough! So getting into another trilogy that was being made into a ‘Hollywood’ film made me a little wary, I didnt want to love the books so much then watch them trashed!

Anyway getting back on track….christmas came I my lovely other half treated me to the box set! Christmas came and went and the books stayed sealed. January came and after finishing Thirteen Reasons Why I thought it was time to open them.

Oh my! I finished the book in a little over 4 days!

I have been well and truly sucked into the Panam world!

I dont want to spoil anything incase you haven’t read the book yet but it completely blew me away. So dont read anymore if you havent read them yet!! You’ve been warned 🙂





I think the main thing I liked was Katniss. She isn’t your regular heroin, in that she is not after a love story but fighting for her survival. She’s tough, level headed and down to earth. Nothing phases her and the more I read it the more I love the name!

The moment Prim’s name was called out by Effie was brilliantly written. As the oldest of three, I could relate completely to the want to protect your family. I cant wait to read more about how her mother and Prim cope with the aftermath of the games.

I dont think I can get away with not mentioning Peeta (yet another lovely name!). Although I wouldn’t necessarily class it as a love story (more of a survival of society story with love on the side), you can’t not notice his love for Katniss. It seems so genuine so I have my fingers crossed for them in Catching Fire (Book two).

The book touches on a number of themes including power, reality, identity and sacrifice.

The main power here is obviously the capitol, with them controlling the games as a form of punishment for the districts and to keep them inline. I dont think what they realise is the power the contestants also have. Katniss showing kindness to another tribute within the arena is contesting that power that the capitol has always held.

I think that as well as the obvious comparisons to ‘reality tv’, I think it also questions the ‘what is and is not real’ questions. A lot of game playing seems to be happening both within and outside of the games.

Before the games Katniss had a pretty solid identity, she had become the main provider for the family and had a stable relationship with Gale. When the games begin, she has to create another version of herself in order to sell herself as a worthy winner to impress sponsors. I t will be interesting reading Catching Fire to see Gales reaction to this and how it continues with Peeta after the cameras have stopped.

I think that the act of sacrifice, runs throughout the story. With Katniss sacrificing her freedom and maybe even her life to take Prims places at the reaping; the sacrifice each district makes loosing two of their own, and of course Peetas quote:

“Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to…to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games”
-Peeta Mellark

The sacrifice of their lives with the berries. I think its a really powerful theme as the act with the berries shows the Capitol (staged or not) that their lives are their own and can not be taken so easily when the capitol chooses. Im excited to see this theme develop in future books!

Im genuinely excited for the film adaptation thats coming out in March, by the looks of the trailer its keeping in line with the book. Jennifer Lawrence just screams katniss to me!

You can read my Goodreads review here

The book also made me acutly aware that I could not survive in the wild. So much to my other halfs dismay I purchased these….

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Always be prepared!


You can find my Catching Fire review here!

You can find my Mockingjay review here!