1. Penguin Modern Classics // 2. Penguin Classics Hardback // 3. Scribner //

4. Oxford World’s Classics //5. Vintage Classics // 6. Penguin Classics

Which cover do you like best? I think I prefer #2 and #3.

Here are some links that caught my eye this week:

Simple Village Girl visits Lacock which was the model for Meryton in Pride and Prejudice.

Most of you have probably already seen this, but here is the article in the NYT about buying book reviews.

These doughnuts look unbelievable.

I hope you all have a very relaxing and fabulous weekend – thanks for reading!

22 Comments

  1. I agree, 2 and 3 somehow fit the era of The Great Gatsby best. Lacock looks like another place I should add to my ‘to visit’ list.
    The one thing I dislike about blogging is authors asking for reviews, I rarely read modern books anyway. I hadn’t seen the NYT article, interesting!
    Oh Anbolyn, how could you – I’m losing weight at the moment, no sweeties or cakes and more exercise, easy peasy. I’ve bookmarked that doughnut recipe though!!

    • So sorry to tempt you with the doughnuts, Katrina! I am on a baking kick at the moment, though I really should give up sweeties too!
      I hope you do get to visit Lacock – I’d love to see what you think of it.

  2. I’ve actually never cared much for the most famous Gatsby cover (#3), but I love all of the others. You’ve hit on one of m Achilles heel titles, so now I want to collect them all!

  3. I think I like #2 the best, for its art deco flair. Though I’m so used to seeing #3 I tend to associate that cover with the book in my mind.
    Interesting article about the reviews. yikes! I had no idea authors were paying for them, although I always wonder how many of those amazon reviews are from an author’s mom and friends! Though I always take them with a grain of salt anyway, because there are a lot of people with very bad taste buying books. Like the example about The Great Gatsby!
    As for those doughnuts, maybe you should make a batch to take in to work for your coworkers. 😉

    • The review buying issue is so unethical, but I don’t base my book purchases on Amazon reviews anyway. However, I do buy other items from the Internet based on reviews, but now I don’t think I will take that route any longer.
      I will think about taking those doughnuts to my co-workers, but only if they are really nice to me. 🙂

    • The review buying issue is so unethical, but I don’t base my book purchases on Amazon reviews anyway. However, I do buy other items from the Internet based on reviews, but now I don’t think I will take that route any longer.
      I will think about taking those doughnuts to my co-workers, but only if they are really nice to me. 🙂

  4. I love all of these covers and can’t wait for the new Great Gatsby film coming out in 2013. I’m off to check out all the links you’ve given us. Have a great weekend!

  5. I see #3 so often, but every time I think it shows a spaceship launching! My brain just scrambles the image into a NASA launch.

    I love #4, I’m such a sucker for the Oxford covers.

  6. What a lovely idea showing different covers to editions. Hope you have a good weekend.

  7. I have cover #5 (I got it in a set with The Beautiful & The Damned and Tender is the Night). It looks much better ‘in the flesh’ but I still think cover #1 is the best.

  8. Ooh 2 definitely! I wish I had that one, my copy is number 4.

  9. I’m not a huge fan of #3, those enormous floating eyes but me. I think I like #2 best, though I’m fond of Oxford World’s Classics in general.

    And I just realized the photo in #1 is the same one on the cover of The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, which I’m discussing with my book group next week. Same photo, just cropped closer. I think it actually looks nicer on The Rules of Civility. Wonder if it’s some kind of 1920s stock photo?

    • I really love #2 also. So beautiful and decorative.
      I so did not catch that The Rules of Civility shares a cover photo with #1! And I’ve seen that book come through the library hundreds of times! Good eye, Karen.

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