Penguin Modern Classics

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One of the ways I love organising my books is by series and I thought I’d show off my Penguin Modern Classics today. There’s something so nice about having white spines with little penguins lined up on my bookshelf. The covers are also completely gorgeous, I love the simpleness of the photograph and how it ties in with the overall look. The bust on the right is of Nefertiti which I picked up at the Field Museum on a very cold day where my fingers turned grey (no exaggeration)

The books pictured above are:

Delta of Venus by Anais Nin – This is a book of 15 classic erotic stories that I picked up for my Feminism class at university. I actually ended up using it as a core text for my final essay on pornography, sex and violence
Animal Farm by George Orwell – Probably one of the most ingenious books out there
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell – A slightly more dirty representation of Paris to Hemingway’s Moveable Feast
1984 by George Orwell – Such a fantastic classic and I’ve been meaning to re-read this for a while now
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams – This always reminds me of studying A-Level English…”STELLA”
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf – such an important extended essay that argues for a physical and figurative space for women in the literary sphere
The Waves by Virginia Woolf – I have tried and failed to read this
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe – Again, another book from my A-Level days…it’s so fantastic but dreadful at the same time
On the Road by Jack Kerouac – I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet, what’s wrong with me? I haven’t even watched the film adaptation with Kristen Stewart!
Bend Sinister by Vladmir Nabokov – I bought this for a Modernism class that I ended up dropping after the first class (I may have run out the minute the lecture ended.) It’s got such a beautiful cover and I may just pick it up this year
Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov – Lolita is one of those rare books that disgusted me and enchanted me at the same time. It’s a masterpiece, albeit one that can make your skin crawl

 

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