I don’t know who originally created it, I saw it on Books & LaLa’s booktube channel and thought. FUN. So here we are.
1.) Best Color Combo: oooook, so, I am a SUCKER for anything navy and gold.
So naturally, I love EVERYTHING about this cover. Also worth noting about this book. Decked edges and French flaps for me feelin’ fancy.
2.) Best Typography: fun fact about me. I love vintage things. I collect old soap dishes (I have 2, so collection may be a stretch) and I took old jars from my grandma. Again, a stretch they were given to me after she passed away. That being said I LOVE the font on these books for the same reason: they remind me of Jazz era Chicago
Have I read the series? No. But I love Libby Bray and now that the 3rd book is out maybe I’ll get to them quicker. Cover change or not. Also, I’m aware they take place in New York and NOT Chicago, Illinois.
3.) Best Simple Cover: I have no reason for why I like these Italy Calvino covers. I just do.
I’m also afraid to read these editions of Invisible Cities and If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler because the covers are white (and beautiful) and I don’t want to dirty them with my fingers.
4.) Best End Pages: I had a hard time with this one. A lot of the books I read are paperback and don’t have the end pages. However in my search I found this book and it topped all end pages for me.
From Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. Look at this! I love it so much. It hearkens back to me loving vintage things. Which at this point should surprise NO ONE.
5.) Best Map: Sorry guys. I got nothing for this one. I tried. I looked through all of my books too. I have ACOTAR, but that map sucks and shouldn’t get it by default.
6.) Best Naked Hardback: I committed a sin with this one I think. I loved the naked hardback of this book so much that I threw away the dust jacket. I don’t even know if I will ever read this book, but seriously. It’s so pretty.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer has the most beautiful naked cover. It’s embossed with the checkerboard and I am living for it. Will I read it? Maybe. I want to read Alice in Wonderland first.
7.) Best Back Cover: ok, this was another hard one because this part of the book seems to heavily under utilized. It’s either blurbs or synopsis. However these three Sarah Pinborough books I bought strictly for their gorgeous covers (cloth bound and embossed with beautiful designs – seriously. The construction of these books alone have me gushing)
Beauty/Charm/Poison (out of order) by Sarah Pinborough
8.) Best Chapter Headers: Funny story: almost ALL of my middle grade novels have beautiful chapter headers or illustrations in them so it was really hard picking one. I felt like an OBVIOUS choice would have been any Harry Potter book, but I want to showcase another book.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman has the most beautiful chapter headers and illustrations. They’re creepy and beautiful and I love them.
*Honorable mention: Wildwood
9.) Best Illustrations: So, The Graveyard Book and this one could be easily flip flopped. I love both of the artwork in these books. However, I chose Wildwood for this one because the illustrations in this one are far more accessible to people who don’t like creepy as much as I do.
I haven’t read it yet (story of my life) but I’ve heard amazing things about this trilogy and I’ve been in a middle grade fantasy mood lately so I’m probably going to get to it soon. (Famous last words) Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Illustrated by Carson Ellis
* Honorable Mention: A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness
10.) Best Spine: Brave New World By Aldous Huxley, the spine on this book just stands out on my shelf. I have a lot of busy colorful spines and this one though not the most simple just stands out and I love it.
11.) Favorite Cover: By now you should be shaking your head at me when I say I love the vintage photo/mixed media painting aspect of this. It’s a book that takes place in the 1930s or 40s in Scotland. I think the cover says a lot about it. It’s hopeful yet dreery.
I love the muted colors and how calm, yet turbulent the ocean looks. Almost nobody close up looks like they’re having a good time but there are kids playing too.
So that was the Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag! I will leave the questions below if you’d like to do it. You don’t have to tag anyone but it you decide to because of me, please link back to me so I can see it! Happy Reading!
– Best Color Combo
– Best Typography
– Best Simple Cover
– Best End Pages
– Best Map
– Best Naked Hardback
– Best Back Cover
– Best Chapter Headers
– Best Illustrations
– Best Spine
– Favorite Cover on your Shelves