Top Ten Tuesday #387

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I’m super excited because on Thursday, I’m finally going to see the stage show of Moulin Rouge which I’ve been wanting to see basically ever since they announced it was going to be a thing. I am worried my expectations might be slightly too high, but I’ve heard really good things, so hopefully I will enjoy it as much as everyone else has (and if not, I still always have the film!).

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so time for another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today we have a cover topic, and it’s Typographical Book Covers, which was suggested by Mareli @ Elza Reads. I have to admit, I didn’t think I’d have many when I first saw the topic, the books I own tend to lead more towards illustrations than typography, but it actually wasn’t a hard list to put together at all, and a really fun one to do, so thanks Mareli! I took this to mean book covers where the text was the main focus, so some of these have more of a design on them than others, but the words are the main focus of the cover for all of them:

  1. P.S. I Love You-Cecelia Ahern

I wasn’t totally enamoured with this book, but I do love the cover, the style choice for the typography is lovely, I always like the italicised style text and I think it fits really well with the colours and the rest of the design of the cover.

2. Pure-Julianna Baggott

My favourite thing about the typography on this cover is the way that the characters’ fusings are integrated into the lettering: you have Pressia’s grandfather’s fan, you have Pressia’s dolls head, Bradwell’s birds….it’s such a clever little feature that you definitely appreciate more when you’ve read the book. I also just think it’s very striking, with the flame letters on the black background; I actually hadn’t heard of the book when I picked it up and I was initially attracted to it on the strength of this cover!

3. Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship-L.M. Elliott

I like that the typography here is trying to lean into the 18th Century setting of the book, and as I mentioned above, I do enjoy some cursive. This one has a little bit more going on than the one above, but I felt like it still worked because the typography is clearly central to the cover design.

4. The Enchanted Sonata-Heather Dixon Wallwork

My absolute favourite thing about the typography on this cover is the way that music is integrated into the typography, the treble clef making up the “S” in Sonata is such a brilliant idea!

5. Daughter of The Burning City-Amanda Foody

The typography on this one really adds to the circus feel of the cover and what I love most about it is that it feels really unique? I can’t say I’ve seen too many covers with typography like this one and I really like that.

6. Caraval-Stephanie Garber

All of the UK Caraval trilogy covers follow a similar pattern with the typography being the focus of the cover and then having this starbust-like effect in the background and I really love it. The typography itself is fairly simple with the italicised style but I feel like that works because the burst of colour in the background really makes it leap off the page. Out of the three covers, I think this one is definitely my favourite because I think the background design makes the typography stand out more than for either of the other two covers, the contrast of the red and gold against the white letters is brilliant.

7. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder-Holly Jackson

The typography on this cover kind of looks like handwriting (to me anyway!) which I think works well given the school setting. I love the whole idea of the murder board making up the cover and the whole contrast of the black type and white background with the red string definitely makes the cover pop.

8. Know My Name-Chanel Miller

It’s not the most fancy typography I’ve featured on this list, but I think the fairly basic type works well for this book, it’s about such a heavy topic that it would feel wrong if they’d gone for a more flowery design. I also love the contrast between the white type and and the golden lines, I feel like that definitely makes the cover quite striking. Also though it’s not the typography, I just wanted to mention that I really love the golden lines on the cover which represent kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing pottery with powdered gold and lacquer, it feels so perfect for this book to have that imagery of celebrating things which have broken.

9. By A Charm and A Curse-Jaime Questell

I love how striking the typography on this cover is, the pink colour definitely helps, but the lettering is also just so fancy, your eyes are immediately drawn to it. The contrast of the bright pink letters on the black and white background also works really well because it means that your eyes are immediately drawn to the type.

10. This Savage Song-VE Schwab

I’ve used the UK covers for almost all of these (where applicable if the UK cover is different and/or the book has one) but I like the US cover for this book so much better than the UK one. The typography is much cooler, the text looks like a white ribbon (to me) and I absolutely love that and it stands out so much more on the red background than I feel the red does on the white background on the UK cover. The typography on this one is just much more interesting to look at!

So there we go, those are some typographical book covers! I definitely feel like I lean more towards the italicised style of typography, but I hope I got a range of different kinds of designs in there for you. Have you read any of these books? Which typography is your favourite? Do you prefer text heavy or image heavy book covers? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, we’re talking Favourite Bookstores to belatedly celebrate National Bookshop Day in the UK, which is on Saturday. I’m excited for this one as I’ve been to a lot of great bookshops so it should be a fun one to do.


54 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #387

  1. susandyer1962 27/09/2022 / 11:05 pm

    Great choices! I love all of these fonts!πŸ€—πŸ“šπŸ’œ

  2. WendyW 28/09/2022 / 2:42 am

    I love all these covers! I especially love that cover of Pure! Wow!

  3. Andge @ Down the Rabbit Hole 28/09/2022 / 12:42 pm

    I love how you described Know My Name. I never thought about the golden lines like that as something broken like pottery. Very interesting and definitely fitting for her memoir.

    • iloveheartlandx 04/10/2022 / 10:06 am

      She mentioned it in her author’s note at the end of the book (I think) otherwise I definitely wouldn’t have known about it!

  4. Susan 28/09/2022 / 2:21 pm

    Same. I feel like I’m not as drawn to typographic covers. Not sure why, but I couldn’t think of many that I had read or that were on my TBR for this topic. You did a great job!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


    • iloveheartlandx 04/10/2022 / 10:05 am

      Yeah I’m not sure why either, but they’re definitely not my favourite kind of cover. Thank you πŸ™‚

  5. Greg 28/09/2022 / 6:55 pm

    Pure definitely jumps out at you!

    • iloveheartlandx 04/10/2022 / 10:05 am

      It does right?! I knew nothing about it when I found it in a Waterstones one day, and that cover just instantly attracted me to it.

  6. Emily Jane 28/09/2022 / 8:57 pm

    A great list!

    I agree with your definition of Typography covers and have done the same with my list! Mine are UK covers as I’m from the UK and I thought that I would put the covers that I had actually read.

    Have a good week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

    • iloveheartlandx 04/10/2022 / 10:03 am

      Thank you! Yeah I found it much easier to do it this way than finding covers which were purely text only. I’m also from the U.K. and generally also used the U.K. covers, except for This Savage Song, because I just liked the U.S. one better! Thank you πŸ™‚

      • Emily Jane 04/10/2022 / 5:53 pm

        It was tough otherwise πŸ™‚ I find that Goodreads tends to showcase the US covers first so I have to go into other editions and find the UK one. I often get cover envy! πŸ™‚

      • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 5:38 pm

        Yeah I also have to do the same, I suppose it makes sense because Goodreads is a US hosted site.

      • Emily Jane 11/10/2022 / 6:26 pm

        Yes. I didn’t realise at first then I realised that the covers weren’t the same and I had to search for the UK versions – that’s when the penny dropped 🀣

  7. agreatreviewer 28/09/2022 / 9:52 pm

    OOoh nice picks!! And yes, I am totally kicking myself for not picking Caraval! Part of the problem is my Caraval collection is downstairs and my computer is upstairs. Then there’s the fact that I have soooo many different covers/copies that it literally escaped my mind. I smacked myself silly the other day when I was seeing it. Lol.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

    • iloveheartlandx 04/10/2022 / 10:01 am

      Thank you! Ha ha I’ve definitely been there with putting together a list and then forgetting something completely obvious till after I’ve posted it, so you are not alone πŸ™‚

  8. anovelglimpse 28/09/2022 / 11:44 pm

    This Caraval cover is just as pretty as the one I had one my list! I love your choices today.

  9. Louise 29/09/2022 / 8:38 am

    I like how elaborate By A Charm and A Curse is!

  10. FangirlFlax 29/09/2022 / 9:13 am

    I’ve never seen Hamilton and Peggy before, but that cover (and concept) is genius!

    • iloveheartlandx 04/10/2022 / 9:45 am

      Isn’t it though? Peggy Schuyler was actually a very interesting woman and I learned a lot about her from that book.

      • FangirlFlax 11/10/2022 / 10:00 pm

        I’ll have to check it out, being interested just from the musical!

  11. girlplusbooks 29/09/2022 / 11:09 am

    Love the cover for Pure. And the oversized font on This Savage Song is striking.
    Hope you have a great time at Moulin Rouge!

  12. Marianne Maurer 29/09/2022 / 11:43 am

    Some good covers there, Jo. I think pure and Caraval are probably my favourites because they put the words into pictures.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week.

    • iloveheartlandx 04/10/2022 / 9:39 am

      Thank you! Yes, I do like the ones where they integrate pictures into the typography too πŸ™‚

  13. Leslie 29/09/2022 / 7:31 pm

    Love that Caraval cover! This Savage Song was a great pick too!!

  14. Terrie Purkey 30/09/2022 / 4:43 am

    I had SO much fun with this topic. I like all the covers with the swirly type – that seems to work well with lots of fantasy type books. A Good Girls Guide to Murder has been on several lists, and rightfully so! Thanks for stopping by earlier.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    • iloveheartlandx 04/10/2022 / 9:36 am

      Me too! Yeah I’d noticed that too, that swirly type is very popular with a lot of fantasy lists. Yes, I love how the typography of that one fits so well with the contents of the book. No problem πŸ™‚

  15. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction 01/10/2022 / 12:31 am

    These are all great examples for the topic. I think PURE is my favorite, but I do agree that purely typographical covers are not generally my favorite.

  16. Marg 01/10/2022 / 4:13 am

    Love the cover for The Enchanted Sonata!

  17. Lory 01/10/2022 / 2:57 pm

    Agree with Know My Name, typographic covers are often used for heavy subjects that seem appropriate to a minimalist treatment. I hadn’t connected the lines on the cover to kintsugi, but that is also brilliant.

    • iloveheartlandx 04/10/2022 / 9:33 am

      It was mentioned I think in the author’s note, otherwise I wouldn’t have known either!

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