Last week I shared a bunch of beautiful editions ofclassic books unread on my shelves. Today I’m going to share the not so pretty ones to look at and where the rule ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ comes into play.
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
This one is a little embarrassing for me personally. I am from the same place as John Bunyan. I grew up with reminders of him and his work constantly. My ‘house’ in middle school was Bunyan; I used to go to a youth club off of Bunyan Road and my local Wetherspoons is called The Pilgrim’s Progress. In my town there are roads named after him, numerous of public places and even a nursery. When I moved to university over 200 miles away from my home, I still couldn’t escape Bunyan as one of my modules was named after the Pilgrim’s Progress.
So it just makes it so much worse that I haven’t read the book. I was supposed to read the book for my university course, but I never ended up reading it and avoided it during the essays. I feel like I should eventually get to this, purely because Bunyan and his novel gave followed me around my entire life.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
This one I have tried to read twice. The first time I got about half way through the book and then put it down and the second time only a couple of chapters in. I don’t think it’s anything to do with the story, but I just get distracted by something else. I think it’s something I will really enjoy but I have just never sat down properly to read it.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Honestly, the cover of this one puts me off reading it. I despise these covers. I had to buy it as extra reading for my university class, but never actually got to it. I know the story is more important than the cover and I really need to listen to the rule of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ but I can’t. It also doesn’t help that I struggle to get into classics anyway. I’m hoping I can get over it soon, but honestly I’ll probably end up selling this copy and buying s nicer edition. I know that makes me sound very shallow, but I love a beautiful cover, I’m sorry!
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
I got recommended this book by my poetry lecturer last year. I honestly can’t remember why he told me to read it, I think it was to do with the subject I was writing about at the time but I can’t remember. Nonetheless, the synopsis really intrigued me. Out of all of these, this is likely to be the first one that I pick up (eventually).
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I got this book right after I read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I loved Of Mice and Men and while I was on the high from reading this, I thought I would jump straight into The Grapes Of Wrath! This never happened. It has been living on my shelf since 2013/2014.
Do you care about the covers of books as much as I do?