Thursday, April 9, 2015

Penguin Drop Cap Adventure: May 2015 - ????

Over the past few months I've been collecting all of the Penguin Classic Drop Cap editions. There are 26 in the set with the letter on the cover representing the last name of the author. The set includes the following titles:

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot 
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert 
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse 
  • An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro 
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce 
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee 
  • Moby-Dick: or, The Whale by Herman Melville 
  • Five Children and It by E. Nesbit 
  • Butterfield 8 by John O'Hara 
  • Swann's Way by Marcel Proust 
  • The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen 
  •  Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie 
  • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck 
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan 
  • Kristin Lavransdatter: the Wreath by Sigrid Undset 
  • Candide: Or Optimism by Voltaire 
  • Leaves of Grass and Selected Poems and Prose by Walt Whitman 
  • Sky Burial by Xinran
  • When You Are Old: Early Poems and Fairy Tales by W.B. Yeats 
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 

Starting next month, I will begin a new literary adventure by attacking each book in the Drop Cap series over the course of the next year and a half. My goal is to have them all read by the end of 2016. I've decided to read them in reverse order mostly because I haven't read any of the books from letter N to Z. 

Have you read any of the books in this series? Which are your favourites?


  1. This is such a beautiful picture and I have a couple of the books on here but I am definitely jealous of your amazing book collection:)

    1. Mariama, thank you for the kind words & the follow. It is a gorgeous collection. I cannot wait to starting reading these classics.


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