Sunday, February 6, 2011

Penguin Classics: A Frugal Alternative

penguin classics

There is nothing prettier than a collection

of the newly designed covers of

an old standard,

Penguin Classics.

Two of my daughters asked for several editions for Christmas

the last two years, and I happily agreed.

I have an alternate option , however,

for the thrifter in you.

Do these look familiar?


All you need to do is get rid of these-


and you will find beautiful colors

and designs that are just as pretty as Penguin Classics,

and just a little more ‘stately’.

Who knew Reader’s Digests looked like this?


or this,


or this,


or even this.


It isn’t visible in the photo, but there is an edge of gold on the pages.

One last selling point (literally)?

The last time I looked at Reader’s Digests at

a local thrift store,

they were




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NanaDiana said...

I have several of those..they belonged to my mother..and I have read them all. I see them all the time too...just am to the point where I don't dare buy ANOTHER book! lol Hugs- Diana

Anonymous said...

I purchased some several years back just for decor items. Very cheap.


Emily said...

I have been admiring those Penguin classics for a few months now. I just found out about them. I love your Reader's Digest idea. Very pretty books.

Pamela said...

I love the look of books in a decor!!
Great idea!

Vintage Gal said...

I do the same thing ~ take those covers off the the books are absolutely beautiful. ;-)

Sandra said...

Thank you for this info!! Great decorating tip!! xoxo

CHERI said...

I've always thought RD books were lovely. I need to go looking for some!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I always like to take the dust jackets off of books--they usually look prettier! thanks for the tip on the RDs! I'll be on the lookout. Linda

Karen said...

I can't ever remember throwing out a RD book. They are so pretty. I've used them for years to fill our book cases... I should really take one down to actually READ!!
I am so curious about the Penguin Classics. I've never heard of them. They are beautiful!!
(I have some very old National Geographics 1940's and up that I use as well. But I do take those down maybe once a year just to look at the ads. I love them!!)
Thanks, Laura!!
Ladybug Creek

Pondside said...

There's nothing like a good collection of RD condensed books at a summer cottage! Gold mine!

debi said...

Laura I too am glad you found my blog, as it has lead me to yours! I love what I have read thus far...This post caught my attention as I love my books :-) and its so true about those Readers Digest Books. I wrote post called "Downhill since the Bookmobile" that you may enjoy as it's about my love for books.
I look forward to following your blog, would love it if you were to become a regular follower of mine :-)


Deb said...

i haven't heard of the Penguin classics...but I do love readers digest....they are usually very decorative..and the stories are always good..

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Laura, love your blue and white collection. Wonder why publishers hide such beautiful books under a book cover? Paper backs don't have a cover. Wonder who decided that a hard back had to be covered in paper? :/ Hope you are having a great day! Tammy

René said...

I love them too only I have never been so lucky to find them for that price.


A Vintage Vine said...

I love RD reads ever! Visiting from Coastal Charm.

Honey at 2805 said...

Nice books, of course I'm a book lover (although I don't read RD books since I don't like condenced versions. I want to read every word!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I use to read them all the times. Loved them. Great stories and so fun to decorate with also. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

I have used the readers digest for decorating purposes before I love having the different colors to add a pop of color to my decor. I must have been living under a rock because I have never seen or heard of the Penguin Classics. They are beautiful!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Love to decorate with books. The RD are perfect for adding a pop of color (and fun to read too).


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