The Aesthetically Pleasing Tag was the second-place winner of, not one, but TWO Blog Tag Game polls so I took the executive decision to whip it out of the polls because clearly you guys wanted me to do this one. I have to admit that I also wanted to do it too! A tag about pretty book covers? Hell yesss! I’m so here for that. That’s right up this Libra’s alley, thank you very much 😉
Best Color Combo On a Book Cover
This is a book cover that I’ve talked about before and I probably will again; Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce. I just can’t take my eyes off the gorgeous blue and yellow-gold combination against the black backdrop.
Best Typography/Font On a Book Cover
This is a brand new release book but I was able to review (read it here!) an early copy thanks to NetGalley. The cover for Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust is absolutely stunning and after you’ve read the book you realise how well designed it is. However, for the purpose of this tag let’s talk about the font; it’s just plain black with a bevel that is tucked under some of the vines. There are a lot of examples of covers with extensive typography designs, and what I like most about this one is that it shows that simple can be just as effective when done right.
Best Simple Cover
It took me a while to decide on this one and in the end The High Lord (The Black Magician Trilogy #3) by Trudi Canavan won. All of the Black Magician Trilogy covers are like this one, a black figure against a plain white background, and while they don’t tell you anything about the books they still grab your attention because you need to know what it is they’re not telling you. The blank that is missing on the cover years to be filled. Who is that mysterious figure? Who is the High Lord, the Novice, the Magician’s Guild?
This is the final book of the trilogy, the first book is The Magicians Guild and I highly recommend checking it out if you’re a fantasy fan!
Best End Pages
I had to hunt through all my hardbacks to find one that had end pages and I was quite surprised when I found these in World of Warcraft: The Shattering by Chrissie Golden. I’m not sure if I actually knew they were even there or whether it’s just been that long since I read the book that I’d forgotten. These beautiful illustrations portray scenes from the book including King Magni Bronzebeard being turned into diamond beneath Ironforge while Prince Anduin watches.
I found it challenging to decide on a map and in the end, I chose the map of Terre D’Ange from Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey. Look familiar? It should because it’s an alternative map of Europe and that’s what makes this map stand out from all the others for me. Carey’s Kushiel series is a fantasy alt-history mix that blends real-life mythology and religions with world-building and fantasy to create an incredible world. Her books are always top of my list of recommendations and this world is now being brought to live-action as it’s been picked up as a TV Show.
Best Naked Hardback
Star Wars: Myths & Fables was a close second for best illustrations below, and I’m glad I was able to include it in here somewhere. I had a hard time finding a hardcover that wasn’t just a bare book underneath the dust jacket until I checked this one. It’s my newest hardcover, after Tempests and Slaughter. I’m wondering if adding details to hardcovers is a new thing or perhaps something reserved only for special editions because the rest of my hardcovers are probably a good 10+ years old.
Either way, this one for Star Wars: Myths & Fables is simple yet perfectly fitting with the rest of the book. It’s the same logo that features on the cover and chapter headings.
Best Back Cover
The brooding young Thrawn on the back of Star Wars: Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn was an easy choice for this one.
Best Chapter Headers
As seen here in The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead the chapter headings for each book in the Bloodlines series are plants or flowers.
I’m really lucky to have a copy of An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare on my shelf. I won this and a matching Shadowhunters tote bag in a competition. This book is absolutely gorgeous. The illustrations match each character with a plant and flower symbolism, and it’s a magical combination.
Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey sits on a shelf just above my monitor so I can always see this spine in my line of sight. I love this cover, which is a larger version of the image featured on the spine, and the illustration of Phédre, one of her characters, really stands out from the white and red.
Favorite Cover on Shelves
How could this not be my favourite cover? Just look at Blood Rights by Kristen Painter dripping in gothic splendour. The cover is embellished with gold leaf and embossed as well so it really is a piece of art, not just a book cover. The entire House of Comarré series is in this style and every single cover is a gorgeous feast for the eyes.
Over to you
Note to self; when picking book tags remember that part of your bookshelf is hidden behind your desk /facepalm Yep, I had to do a lot of scrambling about to hunt down some books and even then I failed to find some (hence Blood Rights not being a photo of the actual book).
Despite the rummaging and crawling around I did really enjoy this tag and I hope you guys enjoyed the reading my answers for the Aesthetically Pleasing Tag as well as this chance to look at some of the beautiful and interesting books on my bookshelf. Which book is your favourite?
The poll for the next set of tags is open and can be found below 🙂
Anyone who wants to have a go at the Aesthetically Pleasing Tag! Please let me know if you do so I can read your answers! 🙂
Buy the books
An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld£10.78
Star Wars Myths and Fables£24.12
Star Wars: Outbound Flight£8.19
Tempests and Slaughter£8.99
The High Lord£7.37
The Indigo Spell£7.92
World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Book One of Cataclysm£7.25
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