When a book I’m interested in is published wrapped up in a beautiful cover, I cannot hide my excitement! I know that what truly matters is the text inside. However, an appealing cover, gorgeously designed, is always a more than welcome extra. As soon as I watched the Book Design Tag on Lil’s Vintage World YouTube channel, I knew that I had to answer the questions myself. How could I miss another opportunity to share and showcase some of the most stunning books that I have on my shelves?
- A book you bought primarily (or completely) because of the cover
I bought The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton solely because I fell in love with its gorgeous cover that tries to replicate a cabinet house. When I finally read it, I loved it so much that the first post I wrote for this blog was a review about it, although I had finished it a couple of months previously.
- A book you want to buy that has a beautiful cover
There are so many stunning books on my wish list that it isn’t easy to pick just one. So, I decided to mention the last beautiful book I added to the list of those I want to buy at some point in time – The Haunting Season. It is a collection of ghost stories written by various authors for this particular purpose.
- Your favourite series design
I interpreted this question as being about the book series that has the most pleasing design and not the collection of books by the same author whose covers have a similar design. The three books in The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb have aesthetically-pleasing covers that look great together. The series is set in the Six Duchies, and we follow Fitz, the bastard son of Prince Chivalry.
- Dust Jacket: a book with a beautiful dust jacket, or something unexpected under the jacket
I’m not a fan of dust jackets (I loathe them in fact!). So, my answer for this question has to be Winter by Ali Smith, my favourite book in the Seasonal Quartet, since it only has half a dust jacket. The smaller they are the better.
- Naked hardback: a gorgeous book with no dust jacket
A naked hardback is not as practical as a paperback, but it is an improvement on hardbacks with dust jackets. The most gorgeous I own is Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson.
- A beautiful paperback
I have so many stunning paperbacks! This is a difficult one, but… Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, because I own the Virago Modern Classics edition in black, red and gold, which is the most beautiful cover of this novel that I’ve ever seen.
- A nonfiction book with a lovely cover
Nonfiction is not a genre that I tend to read very often, so I don’t have many to choose from. The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria by Janine di Giovanni has a lovely cover, though, despite the subject being a harrowing one.
- A book with great endpapers
As I can’t choose just one of the Austen Vintage Classics, I’m going to pick The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, an Ancient Greek myth retelling about the Trojan war. I find the contrast between the yellow on the cover and the blue and white endpapers very pleasing.
- Spine: a book that looks just as gorgeous spine-out as it does face-out
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen! I had to pick one of the Austen Vintage Classics for one of the questions after all. Plus, I adore the book as much as the cover.
- Tag some friends!
I’m not tagging anyone in specific, but if you’re reading this and want to do this tag, please do and let me know. I’m curious about what beautiful books you own!