Happy Sunday book nerds! Its time for another #SixForSunday and, this week, is another favourites. If you didn’t get it from my (frankly excellent) RuPaul referencing title, its all about covers! Y’know, those things that we’re always told that we shouldn’t judge a book by, but that we still do?
So today, here are my six favourite covers, or styles of cover (because for some I just couldn’t pick at all).
Becky Chambers/Wayfarers Series
I am absolutely in love with the simple style of all the Becky Chambers covers. There’s a bit of me that is a total graphic design nerd, and I love the simplicity of the colour pallet, the font, and the cohesiveness of all the designs. I’ve got to admit, when I first saw them, I was really annoyed by Becky’s name being so in sync/line with the titles but, as I’ve looked at them more and more, I’ve grown to love them and admire the chutzpah.
All three of the Wayfarer Series covers are gorgeous, but I think the cover of To Be Taught If Fortunate is my favourite.
Whats this? An adult book? WHAT?! Who are you and what have you done with Tsam?!
I know, it’s very out of character, but I am a HUGE Haruki Murakami stan. I love his style of writing, but I think a big part of why I love him is how stunning all of the book covers are. They’re so simple, yet striking, and I just love them so so much. Graphic design nerd moment again, I love that all of them (except Colourless Tsukuri Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage) follow the 60-30-10 rule with the colour choices, and it just makes me so happy!
Disney Animated Classics
I’m a huge Disney nerd. Everyone knows it, I had a Disney themed wedding, I have Disney tattoos. So, is it any surprise that there are Disney books on this list?
I am honestly so obsessed with these books. They’re just stupid pretty. The pictures do not do them justice. The really intricate designs on the front are just so pretty, I love the foil detail, and the shimmer in the cloth binding, but I think what is most impressive is how clean and crisp the designs are despite being so busy and detailed. If you’re a Disney fan, you need these on your shelf.
Neil Gaiman is probably one of my favourite authors ever, and I think all of his covers are really pretty. But, the cover for Norse Mythology is by far my favourite.
I have multiple editions of it. I have the hardback, which I love for the copper foil spine and detailing on name and around Mjolnir, plus under the dust jacket it is just the most beautiful thing ever! I also have three paperbacks, all in different colours, but the latest red one, with matching sprayed edges, is just so so cool. I love a sprayed edge, but this one is just done so flawlessly that I cannot.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
This is a seriously simple cover, but that’s part of what makes it so perfect.
Charlie Mackesy’s book is honestly one of my favourites, and it made me cry so so much. But this is about the cover. I love it. It’s a simple sketch, beautiful lettering, it’s not much but it’s exactly enough. I just cannot with how perfect it is.
His Dark Materials (Gift Editions)
Hi Dark Materials is one of my favourite book series of all time, so when I saw the special gift editions of them were being released just before Christmas, I fell in love with them completely. I love how bold and simple they are (anyone who knows me knows that I’m an absolute sucker for a good geometric design) and the foiling on the covers is just so cool and perfectly used, without being tacky. Plus, there are so any cool hidden details in them that alude to things in the story, it’s just a brilliant piece of design and I love them.
So, there you go. My six favourite families of covers, and a bit of insight into why I love them. What do you think? Are there any covers that you love? Let me know down in the comments or tweet me about them here!