We have to be honest with ourselves when we think about books, and you have to admit that there isn´t anything as appealing as having a collection of books! Imagine having that set of books whose theme matches, the colors matches, the covers, and also the formats matches!
There isn´t anything as horrible and disturbing than having a series in different formats! Oh, look at my Harry Potter books! Yes, the first 2 are in paperback, the other 3 are in hardcover, and the last one is an ebook! If that is you, do yourself a favor and sell that abomination of a collection so that you can get them all in hardcover as God’s commands!
So, I have been thinking about what collection do I want to have or attempt to have! and I don´t know you, I blame Instagram and Pinterest for this, but I would love to have those Penguin Orange Classic Books, so that I can feel vintage, hipster, and have incredible perfect shelves and Instagram pictures of this orange perfection! So, if you are like me, and you want to have those pictures but mainly that book collection, check this out!
You can totally start your Penguin Orange Classic Books collection with the following 7 books! and the best part, you don´t have to pay for shipping!
Love In The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
First things firsts, a Latin American modern classic! There are many great Latin American authors, but nobody as Gabriel Garcia Marquez! “Love In the Time of Cholera” is a historical romance novel with touches of magic realism! As the main character is devastated as the woman he loves marries someone else for money, his heart stays faithful for her, and as time passes by he counts the hours, days, and years to be back with her again!
One Flew Over The Cuckoo´s Nest by Ken Kesey
What is required to become a modern classic? A mental ward, a tyrannical nurse, and a brawling, new, fun-loving inmate who decides to go against the terror of the ward. Narrated from the point of view of a half-Indian patient, we see how the main character, McMurphy becomes the hero for those patients who are imprisoned in this institution. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is simply a must-have and must-read for those who love classic American and psychological fiction!
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell
If you are like me, and you haven’t read this book, then this is the version that you have to get! The concept of perpetual surveillance of a dystopian world of George Orwell’s novels is an incredible depiction of the civilization that we are leaving and approaching. As Winston Smith is forced to rewrite history and lie for the party in power, he cannot help but start thinking about the things that are wrong and cannot help but remember that Big Brother is always watching… “1984” by George Orwell is simply a masterpiece to read for those who loved Fareinghts 451 and any kind of dystopian stories!
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Another great American Classic, John Steinbeck tells this incredible story of Kino, a poor diver, whose legacy of pearl searching has been brought to him by his father and grandfather, as he dives in attempts to find a way to earn a living for his family he emerges one day with a pearl the size of a seagull’s egg, which not only amazes him but gives him hope of a better life. “The Pearl” is a young adult short story classic that will open multiple discussions and interpretations worth having during this quarantine times.
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
We have cover American Classics, Latin American Classics, and we better cover German Classics… Gregor Samsa one day wakes up into a nightmare as he finds out that his body is now the one of an insect. In only around 130 pages, Franz Kafka became an incredibly well-known writer for the impact this novel had with millions of readers. “Metamorphosis” not only inspired the need to be read but also inspired incredible authors like Albert Camus, George Orwell, and many more!
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson is loved and knows for those who, like me, enjoy dark and gothic stories that aren’t that old. Mary Katherine Blackwood is eighteen years old but she seems… more… naive; whereas Constance, her older sister has to deal with the burden of sustaining a big house in which their parents died after being poisoned… As the story moves on, we see how the town hates the Blackwoods and how the mystery of their parents’ murder is discovered between the chaos. “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” is a horrific story of sisterhood and family that will leave you shocked when you find out the devil inside.
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf is the author to get to when we want to read and examine a title from a feminist approach. “To The Lighthouse” goes over the lives of Mrs. and Mr. Ramsey and dives into the examination of family life; exposing at the end Mrs. Ramsey through the greatest challenge and triumph in life.
If you have seen these versions on Instagram or on Pinterest, you know you want them! I am just waiting for the next paycheck to get them all!
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