I just love Penguin. The covers are worth every peso. I think I've been buying Penguins ever since I learned to read. However, it can get really painful to see Penguin newer editions with even more stylized covers. I've gotten quite attached to my old, smelly, orange-spined Penguins that I can't bear the thought of buying these new ones.
Lately, I've been partial to the Penguin Special Editions -- those beautifully designed books with French flaps and deckle edges. I'll keep on collecting those for my "Year of the Classics" in 2010. It's about time I conquer my fear of Hardy and Austen.
Just look at the beautiful covers of the Penguin editions above. They're designed by renowned fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo. How can I not buy these? They'd make beautiful additions to one's shelves.
I do have a question to you, dear reader. Penguin is known to have exhaustive introductions to the classic texts. Do you even bother to read them at all? Or do you immediately read the novel itself?