Literature: Beautiful Books

In a digital age where almost everything seems to be online, and efficiency and speed are in high demand, it is sometimes easy to overlook the benefits of buying the physical copy of a book. Why do this when you can download and have it ready to read at the click of a button? (I'm looking at you, Kindle and iPad). I think books are beautiful objects. And sometimes, the exterior of a book can be almost as beautiful as the art within. Here are four books from my collection that I think are aesthetically wonderful. 

  Mister Pip by Llyod Jones. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. The Crying Lot of 49 by Thomas Pynchon.