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:
- 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.