The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag


I spotted this over at Kayla’s Book Nook and just couldn’t resist the chance to browse through some of my favourite covers. You can check out her post here and the original video, by Book Syrup over on YouTube, here. If you fancy answering it, consider yourself tagged.

What’s your favourite book cover? Do covers influence which books you buy?

Best Color Combo On a Book Cover:


At the moment I’m really loving the turquoise and purple combo. You can see it on Night Watch (Collectors Edition) by Terry Pratchett, That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston and Wing Jones by Katherine Webber.

Best Typography/Font On a Book Cover:


I love both of these. I really like the graffiti style writing and placement of The Disasters by M.K. England, and the way the orange contrast the purple background. On Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente, I love how big and bold the font is, and the way that it actually looks like glowing, neon light.

Best Simple Cover:

The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I just really like how clean and bright this cover is. The title and branches really make the crown pop.

Best End Pages:

The Dark Days Club

I don’t have a photo, but I completely agree with Book Syrup on this one: The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. The style suits the time-setting but also has hidden emblems from the story. It kind of reminds me of The Haunted Mansion paper?

Best Map:


I have a confession: for someone who reads 90% fantasy, I don’t generally care about maps? Sacrilege, I know. But Terry Pratchett did a whole book on The Discworld Mapp, so those are pretty memorable. I mean, come on, look at this one for the city of Ankh-Morpork. There’s so much detail. Love it.

Best Naked Hardback:


Circe by Madeline Miller. I mean just look at that pretty foiling! It’s somewhere between an orange and a bronze. I might even (just) prefer this to the dust jacket?

Best Back Cover:


I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s one of the few back covers which has stuck in my mind: Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Best Chapter Headers:


Another thing I’m not sure I always notice? The one that immediately jumped out at me was Harry Potter. Predictable, I know, but they’re just so perfect for the story.

Best Illustrations:


The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. These fit the fairytale style of the stories perfectly and are honestly just so pretty. I would get them as art prints for my walls.

Best Spine:

Basically I love any book spine that has foiling on it, so it’s going to be all pretty and shiny on my shelves…. Possibly The Book of Dust? The naked spine has a foiled quote running down it, which I’ve never seen before.

Favorite Cover on Shelves:


Okay, so I don’t actually have the latest one yet, but I just love how this whole series looks: Runemarks by Joanne Harris.


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