Life of a Book Hoarder

Classics for Kids and Teens

Since I’m focusing on reading books inspired by classic writer, Jane Austen, I figured I’d highlight some of the different types of classic literature available for youngsters and teens.

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Sherlock Holmes (V)

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Sherlock Holmes (IV)

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I love the Barnes & Noble leatherbound classics – especially this other line they put out that runs about $10. Can’t beat that price! So, of course I snatched up this Sherlock Holmes edition, with its gilded edges and ribbon bookmark. Published in 2014, ISBN 9781435148109.

Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Sherlock Holmes (III)

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I found this little cutie at a library sale – The Illustrated Classics edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It’s only about 5.5 inches tall and contains “specially adapted” versions of The Red-Headed League, The Adventure of the Speckled Band and The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, as well as illustrations by Brendan Lynch. It was published in 1983 by Moby Books.

I feel you, girl

Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Sherlock Holmes Pop-Up (II)

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Sherlock Holmes

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Book Review

Series Review: The Enola Holmes mysteries

The Enola Holmes mysteries:
The Case of the Missing Marquess
The Case of the Left-Handed Lady
The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets
The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan
The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline
The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye
By Nancy Springer

My Editions:
Paperbacks, 188 pages average
2006-2010, Puffin Books

The Enola Holmes series revolves around the life of the younger sister of well-known brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft. Estranged from her brothers and living with her suffragette mother in their country estate, Enola has grown up left mostly to her own devices, which is fitting, as she often reminds herself, Enola is “alone” spelled backward. Her mother’s disappearance sparks the start of a new life for Enola, during which her brothers try to force their renegade sister into boarding school so she can be molded into a “proper woman.” Enola is having none of this, so she follows the cryptic clues left by her mother and makes her way to London, where she’ll solve more than just the mystery of her disappearing mother.

There are six books in this series, which could be read as stand-alone novels well enough, but I would recommend reading them all in order.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: BabyLit Books

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This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well-designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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