It is well-known that Bookstagram leads to bankruptcy.
But we love it. Over the past couple of months I’ve been OBSESSIVELY looking through some absolutely gorgeous Bookstagram feeds. I’ve started a few of these collections myself, but some of these are next-level. And it doesn’t help that a lot of them are out-of-print and therefore almost impossible to find.
Anyway. I also asked for permission to display a few pics from some of my FAVOURITE book collectors. Their follow buttons are all embedded so you can go stalk their beautiful pictures.
AKA a Bookstagrammer’s dream. They’re beautiful stories in beautiful colours. I currently have eight because I picked up a ton of extra shifts and thought…treat yoself. Plus my sister bought me one because she was bribing me to do something.
Elle has the full collection, including the notorious Grimms – notorious because it is out-of-print and ludicrously hard to get hold of. The cheapest I’ve seen it online is $400. Lol. What a bargain.
Luckily you can find most of them pretty easily on Amazon, Book Depo etc. Here’s a link to a box set of six.
Also, Elle makes the most amazing coffee art and it’s wonderful seeing her pictures pop up on Instagram (when the algorithm decides to show me them, that is…).
Books may well be the only true magic. Alice Hoffman * * Six Boddington pretties, all in a row. Do people love these so much because they're gorgeous or because they're elusive? Perhaps both? I do love seeing people complete these collections. I know how exciting it can be to find an out of print book that has been on your want list for ages. Recently, mine was two new copies of the White's edition of Emma for $10 each! What was the last book you found that made you do the happy dance?
Maria, aka Book Sugar, also has some fabulous collections. These Boddingtons are the prettiest things I’ve ever seen, but they’re all out of print, so it’s kind of like a treasure hunt to find them.
So far I own one (Sense and Sensibility) but it arrived without the dust jacket. Sigh. I also found a copy of Wuthering Heights online, but whether it arrives properly is another concern. But it’s fun to look for them. And also fun to stare at other people’s pics.
If you’d like to try and join the treasure hunt, here are the ISBNs. I usually look every few days on BookFinder, which searches a whole bunch of different sites so you don’t have to.
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY – 978-0147509062
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE – 978-0147509055
ALICE IN WONDERLAND – 9780147509079
JANE EYRE – 978-0147509093
WUTHERING HEIGHTS – 978-0147509086
LITTLE WOMEN – 978-0147509048
You may have seen Ali around the blogosphere (her blog is here). She also is constantly making everyone envious with her pics of her Barnes and Noble children’s classics. Aren’t they pretty? They’re pretty hard to get hold of here in Australia, but I hear they’re very cheap in the US.
So far I have six of these leatherbounds. They’re a bit more pricey – I’ve got them as gifts or with birthday money for the most part – but really gorgeous, so it’s worth it obviously. I love my Alice in particular – not only does it have the book itself, it also has Lewis Carroll’s entire works. So that’s really cool.
There are currently 67 Penguin Clothbounds in the series – I think another 13 would comfortably complete my 4th shelf and bring the total number to a round 80 – both of which would please me immensely! * * So, @penguinclassics if you could arrange this, I'd be most grateful!😉 * * * #bookstagram #penguinclothboundclassics #penguinclassics #penguinbooks #books #bookshelf #sundayshelfie #bookworm #bookish #bookaddict #bookporn #booklover #bibliophile #classicliterature
This gorgeous photo is from Emma, whose Penguin Clothbounds are honestly #goals. I only own one of these (Paradise Lost because I wanted to read it) but they all look so pretty together! And apparently they’re releasing ten more this year which means I’ll never catch up.
You can buy some of them in box sets (which end up to be cheaper).
Penguin Drop Caps more like Penguin Drop All Your Money To Buy These. I haven’t started collecting these yet – I’m happy looking for now – but as soon as I win lottery I’m definitely getting them.
If you have a spare $400 or so you can even buy them all at once.
And then there were eight lovely White's Fine Editions on my bookshelf. I love this pretty clothbound collection so much. I just found Emma on Amazon by chance for a great price so I'm beyond thrilled. Most of these lovelies are out of print, so if you're looking for them, my advice is just be patient and keep looking and you never know when they'll pop up. If you need any of the ISBNs, please let me know and I'll be happy to share! * * Edited to include the ISBNs: Wuthering Heights 9780955881855 Jane Eyre 9780955881800 Pride & Prejudice 9780955881862 Treasure Island 9780955881817 Emma 9780955881886 Sherlock Holmes 9780955881879 The Christmas Books 9780955881824 Sonnets and Poems 9780955881831
These are also out of print. The Boddingtons give me enough frustration so I’m not even going to START collecting. But they are beautiful. And if you DO want to start collecting them, Maria’s post above has all the ISBNs.
And guess what? 1) They’re all still in print and 2) There are currently only three of them! Easiest book collection ever!
Honestly, I could look at pictures of gorgeous collections all day.
I’ve made a resolution that I’m not going to buy food or clothes ever again – just books. It’ll be great.
But anyway, you should definitely be following all of those lovely ladies above – they’re wonderful people and share the most wonderful photos 🙂
What are your favourite book collections? Do you have any you’re particularly proud of? (I have like five copies of Order of the Phoenix which I think is pretty impressive) Let me know in comments!