I’ve been wanting to do this tag since I saw it on Maria’s blog last year! I definitely judge books by their covers. A good design is very important, if I don’t like the way a book looks, I won’t be drawn to it. I’m a designer, so book design is something I’m very interested, but I don’t think I have the talent to make a career of it (YET!!).
You can find the original tag video here — it’s in German, so thank you, Maria for the translations!.
1) Show me whatcha got: Show me a book with the best cover
Do you understand HOW difficult this was?? I ended up choosing this set of Lord of the Rings with cover art by John Jude Palencar. This is one of my favorite copies of LOTR.
2) The inside matters: Show me a book with the best colours/ design on the inside of the cover
I chose this edition of The Silmarillion illustrated by Ted Nasmith. I love all the different colors in the map.
3) It’s all about the spine: Show me a book with the most interesting/ beautiful spine
I tried not to include so many Tolkien books but here we are. I picked two editions of The Hobbit for this one: the 50th anniversary and a collector’s edition (not sure if that’s the official title).
4) Make my heart sing: Show me a book with the best colours (cover, spine, and back)
Ever since I saw this book a while back, I knew I wanted to buy it and read it (haven’t yet though). Red, white and black is a classic color scheme and it really works with the cover. I love the way the title is treated, using two colors to separate the words, the clean illustration, ahh I just really like it.
5) It starts at the beginning: Show me a book with the best designed chapter beginnings
The edition of The Hobbit illustrated by Alan Lee is beautiful! Anything Alan Lee does is superb, let’s be real.
6) Down to the basics: Show me a book with a unique title font
This is another book I haven’t read yet, but after seeing the cover I had to buy it. Shadow and Bone is part of the Grisha Trilogy and the other two books are equally well-designed.
7) Do it like Picasso: Show me a book with the most artistic cover
I am only halfway done with The Neverending Story, I stopped reading it last August…I got a little bored with it. I’ll finish it eventually. All that aside, I love this cover! There’s a lot going on but it flows nicely in my opinion.
8) Everything matters: Show me a book with the best book edge
This was my dad’s set of LOTR, as you can see it looks pretty old. The pages are all yellowed, there are little tears and rips on the covers but that’s what I love about it. I’m the type of person who has a habit of bending spines and being kinda aggressive with books so I like seeing worn books.
9) Pretty without any makeup on: Show me a book that is still beautiful without its book jacket
When I go to bookstores, I always take hardcover books out and take off their dust jackets because I want to see what the actual book looks like. For this, I ended up choosing The Secret Garden illustrated by Inga Moore. I bought this from a Goodwill for $2, and it’s sooo nice!