Friday, 10 October 2014

Beautiful Book Spines

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to be looking at some truly beautiful book spines! I absolutely love when a book has a beautiful cover (as you might have guessed from my constantly choosing books based on their covers...). But a beautiful book spine is such a bonus, because that's what shows on your shelf after all. A beautiful spine can more than make up for an ugly cover as far as I'm concerned... So let's get started, shall we?

This is a very cool copy of Ann Veronica by H.G. Wells, which I got a couple of years ago in HMV (a British music chain-store, for those who are unfamiliar). Back then, I don't think I knew anything about the author (beyond having vaguely heard his name in passing), and I certainly hadn't heard of the book, but I couldn't resist it, just because of the amazing cover. And this spine looks so so cool on my bookshelf:

What a beaut

The next one is a book I bought at an Oxfam bookshop (I seem to go to those rather a lot) several years ago. It's called Death in August by Marco Vichi. I have never heard of the author or the book, and to this day don't know what it's about beyond the fact that it's a murder mystery set in Italy. But look!

You may not be able to make out in that picture, so let's get a close-up of that detailing...

Isn't that just gorgeous? I'm a huge fan of Italy and loved Florence when I went (that's the cityscape in the picture). So how could I resist?

The next one is another one I bought in Oxford, and is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. I did actually read it this summer, but for some reason had a major block when it came to writing the review, so I haven't posted that yet. It might still happen though, so watch this space! Don't you just love the fonts and patterns on this spine though?

Next up we've got Death on the Nile, a classic Agatha Christie novel. I'm a huge Christie fan, and I love these editions of her books with the beautiful signatures and the lino-cut-style cover art. This is probably one of my favourites, and I'm a huge fan of the story too. Bonus!

This next book is Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman. This edition is really striking with the metallic gold up against the black. LOVE the font as well.

And finally, the last book on this list is East of the Sun by Julia Gregson. I just find the colours on this book cover absolutely magical. It really stands out on my shelves with the turquoise and pink spine and the gold writing.

These two last books have the most wonderful detailing!

I hope you enjoyed looking at some of my most beautiful book spines! I got the idea for this post from a video on BookTube by Sanne at Books and Quills, so you should definitely check her out too.

Which one of these is your favourite? What do you look for in a beautiful book spine? Which one of your books has the best spine art? Let me know in the comments.

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