Top Ten Tuesdays – Book Cover Art

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/ weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which appeals to my love of lists! I was particularly attracted to this week’s challenge, Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art as I run an Art Gallery and love all aspects of art and illustration. Given the number of books I have, no one will be too surprised to learn that I have often judged a book by its cover and of course, bought it!
So here are my Top Ten:




So what do you think? What are your favourite book covers and who are your favourite illustrators?


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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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  1. I didn’t realise I could comment without a WordPress log in! Hurrah! Good list, design heavy- dat Kafka- but when I think about books and their covers I’m always drawn back to a little hardback I bought second hand of Steinbeck’s Canary Row and Of Mice & Men. It has no dust jacket, and it’s cloth cover is plain yellow, the colour of summer corn (or perhaps prairie grass), and it just feels so right, the heft of it, the shape of it, the size, it looks and feels like a perfect book. Perhaps that’s slightly different from judging a book by its cover, but it’s what I think of when I think about the physical beauty of books.


  2. I love all of these, most of which I have never seen before, but I especially love Moonshine and 100 Years of Solitude. I didn’t know that you ran an art gallery. That sounds like a great job!

    As for book covers I like, there are just so many, but I just read The Bear, and I loved the silhouette of the children running hand in hand.


  3. Wow, fantastic choices! I love the cover for Spring Snow, though I’ve never heard of the book. I’ll have to look it up. Aurorarama is gorgeous, too! They’re all lovely, great picks!


  4. That cover you’ve shown for Spring Snow is appealing. But normally I’m not particularly attached to individual covers, as long as they aren’t repulsive I don’t mind. I do, however, very much like the simple and consistent patterns of the red covers in the Vintage Classics series, particularly The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse. They look great together on the bookcase – good enough to exempt them from the normal ‘sorted alphabetically by author’ system and group them by publisher instead.


  5. Really fantastic group of book covers. Thanks.

    Have you seen a book called “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey? (It came out in paperback a year or so ago.) Fantastic book with a great, haunting cover — I printed off a copy and have it framed in my study.


  6. We have similar tastes – I love your choices and this kind of art work! Most recently I was on a mad hunt for the Vintage Classics edition of Jane Eyre. This is another reminder why I just love books that I can touch, see and feel (though I do also read on a Kindle).


  7. A wonderful meme! Your presentation here is very artistic. You’ve just prompted me to go back to one book, Let the Great World Spin, which had had two cover designs, one I hated and the other I loved. I’d written a review of the book a few years ago. In there you can see both covers. As for the one I loved, it’s by the artist Matteo Pericoli.


  8. Of course book covers keep changing from edition to edition and publisher to publisher, which is why I hadn’t seen the Hundred Years of Solitude cover you have there. I think that’s my favourite of the ones pictured. I just had a quick look through my bookshelves but couldn’t find any really impressive cover.


  9. Great post. I loved them all! I really loved The Brothers Hildebrandt. The Sword of Shannara series in particular. Not that the books could compare to Tolkien, but the book illustrations made me want to read the book when I was young.


  10. Wonderful blog and lost. I also judge a book by its cover so it is nice to meet another reader that does.these are all beautiful in there way but not all of them would make me look inside.

    One of my favorite author/illustrator duos of recent times are: Isabel Wolfe and Lisa Hartmann. My favorite collabration thus far is A VINTAGE AFFAIR. I trust there will be more.


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