My Favourite Book Covers

Monday, 22 June 2020

I really do try to buy books because their premise sounds like something I would be interested in, but you can't deny, there are times when a pretty cover has swayed the decision. I'm a sucker for an aesthetically pleasing book cover and it's hard to tear myself away from something that looks so beautiful. If the cover is pretty but the book doesn't sound like something I'd be remotely interested in, then I wouldn't buy it, but if I'm umm-ing and ahh-ing about weather or not it sounds like something I would enjoy, the chances are I'd buy it if it had a pretty cover - is that bad?!

Anywho, I've got five books here in which I think are the prettiest on my bookshelf and which I absolutely adore the look of! There's no denying that these are beautiful and interesting looking in one way or another!

Gods of Jade & Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
This is one of my ultimate favourite book covers. The colours are insanely beautiful and there's just something so historically magical about the way it looks. The deep jade greens, purples, yellows and hints of orange and blues are really just so stunning together and it's just such a beautifully constructed design that I hope represents the story inside (which I haven't read yet).

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I'd been after picking this up for a while as it's quite popular in the blogging community, so when I saw this version in a little random bookshop in Keswick, I just knew I had to have it. This is very much a business-in-the-front-party-in-the-back kinda book... I mean, it is a little creepy, but it's equally very different and interesting and I think that gives it an edge of uniqueness!

Wuthering Heights (Coralie Bickford-Smith design) by Emily Brontë
There are a thousand cover designs for Wuthering Heights, and it's one of my all-time favourite books, so my good ol' Dad bought me this special edition Coralie Bickford-Smith version for Christmas which, according to Waterstones website, uses foil and a special new binding material for the books' design and is part of a special set of 10 hardcover classics. This is honestly such a beautiful, understated, simple book that no photo will ever do justice - I promise you it's much more beautiful in person. The hints of blue foil in this swirly design is just magical against the black hardcover and it just looks and feels so special.

The Blue Salt Road by Joanne Harris
This is one of the most unusual looking books I own, but I simply just love it - I mean, just look at it! The dark navy-blue hardcover with the silver foil detail is simply to stunning and I remember instantly being drawn to this book as soon as I saw it sitting on the shelf. It's simply just so magical and is definitely up there with my absolute favourites. As an added bonus, the illustrations inside the book are stunning and add to the delicacy of the book. This is one of those books that I could stare at everyday without ever growing tired of it.

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
It was the illustrations on this books that completely got me. The detail on this book is just something else and you can tell this a lot of thought and effort went into making these illustrations perfect. There's a certain dark & eerie vibe going on with this book (and I don't just mean because of its title) but the muted reds and yellowy-oranges against the black background give it a certain feel and look and I love it. I have plenty of books on my shelf with amazing illustrations, but this has to be up there with the most memorable which is why it's made it onto this list and I'm not at all mad about it!

What are your favourite book covers?

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