Earlier this year, Penguin celebrated their 80th anniversary by releasing 80 of their classic stories in little black covers for only 80p. I saw so many of these of social media and it's taken me the best part of four months to bag some for myself.
I spent far too long in Waterstones deliberating over which few to buy because buying all 80 would have done my bank account no good, no matter how lovely they would have looked on a bookshelf. In the end I settled for a couple of stories I've always wanted to read but never got round to.
Brothers Grimm - The Robber Bridegroom
'Then she began to run, and she ran over the sharp stones and through the thorns, and the wild animals bounded past her...'
An obvious classic choice. I've recently started watching Once Upon A Time on Netflix so naturally, I was compelled to hear one of the traditional folk tales as it was originally written.
Ovid - The Fall of Icarus
'Drawn on by his eagerness for the open sky, he left his guide and soared upwards...'
I love any interpretation of the story of Icarus so it made sense to read this version of it. With myths concerning a lot of names I can't pronounce, a story of this length is ideal for me!
These are great for a commute due to the size and nice if you're the sort of person who struggles to get through a 500 page novel. But really, they're just a lovely keepsake and a great way of celebrating a book publisher who has always been a part of my childhood.
Have you purchased any of the Little Black Classics?