Friday Reads: Penguin Threads Giveaway!

Some of us book lovers are a bit more quirky than others, but I know most of us have a thing for beautiful book covers. I’ll buy a book I love if I love it, sure, but if a book has a swoon-worthy cover, I will buy it without an instant’s thought. A book I like pretty well can get added to my collection if it has a killer cover. (On the other hand, I won’t buy the hardcover of Freedom, though I liked it pretty well, because I found the cover horrible.)

Classics tend to come out in many editions, new ones every so often, and I always have to check them out at bookstores because who doesn’t want a particularly gorgeous copy of a book they love? Too often I’m disappointed by what I see. They slap a painting on the cover (which may or may not be appropriate for the story) and they’re done.

But every so often you find a set of unique covers for wonderful books that just make you happy.

And that is why I’m writing about the new Penguin Threads Classics. The series has new covers for Black Beauty, Emma and The Secret Garden and they’re not just any covers. They were designed with embroidery by artist Jillian Tamaki.

She has a beautiful post that shows them off to great effect. The covers themselves aren’t embroidered (they’re not crazy) but they’re embossed and very touch-oriented.

I have for you readers a copy of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett from the Penguin Threads series to give away. It doesn’t just have a totes gorgeous cover, but it’s a good quality paperback, with nice thick pages. I’m going to let it speak for itself for a moment.

I’ve folded out the cover on both pictures which explains the size. I also love the inside of the cover.

I love how unique these are.

To be honest, I seriously considered keeping this for myself instead of passing it along, but I figured I already have a pretty copy of The Secret Garden that’s part of my childhood set so it wasn’t really fair for me to have two.

If you must get your hands on a copy, you can find them on Amazon or on the Penguin site. They would make a great gift.

Now for the rules of the giveaway!

To enter, leave a comment on this post within the giveaway period. Make sure you include a valid email. If you win, you’ll need to provide me your name and address, which I will not share. 1 comment per household, please. Family and friends may enter, of course. (I consider you all friends anyway, so I’d be in trouble otherwise.)

And now all the nitty gritty rules. Please read if you plan to enter.

No purchase necessary. By leaving a comment you agree to the rules of this giveaway. Limited to entrants over 18 in the US and Canada. Contest begins as of the time of this post and ends on Thursday, November 3rd at 6 pm Eastern Time. The winner will receive a copy of The Secret Garden from the Penguin Threads series, a retail value of $16.00 US. The number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. The winner will be selected using the “And the Winner Is” plugin. Winner will be notified by email and must respond within 24 hours to receive their prize. If the winner does not respond within that time, a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be shipped by me within 30 days of the end of the contest. Don’t Mind the Mess is not responsible for any problems with shipping or receipt of the prize. This contest is governed by the rules of Massachusetts, void where prohibited.

So tell me about your favorite covers! What is your most gorgeous book? And good luck!!

I was not compensated for this post or giveaway. I received this copy of THE SECRET GARDEN for free from Penguin. Thanks again to publicist Gabrielle.


  1. says

    When I was little, this was one of my favorite books. Right now, when people take me out to the courtyard in my wheelchair, I feel a little bit like Colin. And I can’t wait to read this to my daughter.

    As for book covers, we buy lots of books at a used bookstore. Ilove classics with covers that are embossed cloth. Or beautifully painted. Or rich leather.

    I freaking love books.
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  2. ikkinlala says

    I haven’t tended to think much about covers except for illustrated books. I love Barbara Reid’s plasticine artwork.