Penguin Little Black Classics

Fancy picking up a paperback for 80p? Erm, of course you do! To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Peguin Books, the iconic publishing house has released 80 mini paperbacks for 80p each.
Each of the Little Black Classic books features the traditional Penguin cover in a sleek black and white colour palette but with the added bonus of a numbered spine. Remember when you were little and you'd try to collect all the Mr Men books to match up the spines? It's like that for grown ups!

The books have been selected from a range of classic authors, from Dante
^ to Charles Darwin^, and are around 50 pages long each. In many cases, the books are extracts or essays from longer texts available with Penguin, so they're a great way to get a taster of those books you've always meant to read. For me, this is the perfect opportunity to try some Chaucer^, Dostoyevsky^ and Brontë^ without committing to full texts.
You can see the whole list of books here and buy them on Amazon here. I bought 15 this month and hope to buy some more come pay day. They're just so cute and pretty! How can you say no?

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  1. I sent my friend the Mozart one as a surprise, apparently it made her day! :) I have many of them in my amazon basket... xx

  2. I love the look of these *rushes straight to Amazon*

  3. These look amazing!

    Abi xo | http://wanderlustdaydreaming.blogspot.co.uk

  4. I just bought a whole horde of the classic orange penguin books from eBay. Anddd... Onto my wishlist these go! xx

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  5. Oh wow these are amazing! i must get one! I really want to read something from the Grimm brothers, I used to have a huge book of theirs but i don't know where it went :( thanks for sharing this! xo
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  6. I want to buy some of these, I just know that I would buy ALL of them. So I'm resisting, for now.

  7. I love this idea! I'm in haha x


  8. How cool! I hope we get them in the US one day.

  9. OOOH this is far too tempting!

  10. CANNOT believe they're so cheap but makes me so happy coz I'm a massive booky and think people should read the classics more. Thanks for sharing x

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  11. Oh wow! Thank you for this info :) I'll definitely be picking up some (if not all) of these. You see some ladies collect shoes, I am very much a book hoarder. Also I love your blog layout, I've been scared of injecting some colour into mine but you've definitely swayed me!

    M x
    @ www.melamora.com

  12. 80th anniversary? Wow, that's mad. Love the minimalist look they have gone for with the books
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

  13. these are so lovely! might have to purchase a few favourites x


  14. I've bought 2 and I really want more...! I'm definitely gonna be looking at them constantly whilst I justify the spending xD


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