| Judging Covers

I am an unabashed judger of books by their covers.  In fact, my entire literary experience is almost completely determined by covers and I am painfully prejudiced against the ugly ones. Remember when everyone was fainting in the streets about these?  I have to confess: I found them a little…meh. Or maybe I just mourned the lost opportunity of missed details. However, these leatherbound classics designed by Jessica Hische for Barnes and Noble still get my
heart racing.

Marbled endpapers, painted page edges, ribbon bookmarks, and illustrated drop caps—they totally nailed it. Of course Jessica always does. And good news: there are three more coming soon! I fully intend to collect the entire set and slowly displace Brian’s law library which is hogging prime real estate on our living room bookshelves.

On a recent scouting trip to the bookstore, these book covers caught my eye: Hot Pink by Adam Levin, Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman, and The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus.  And I confess this one made me laugh and intrigued me. Does anyone want to suggest a book to me based on actual literature and not just pretty pictures?

  • jana

    March 26, 2012 8:51 pm

    I really love the Jessica Hische books, and I too want to collect them. (Someday, when we have money…) And I have to agree that the clothbound patterned books are rather underwhelming. But if I were to go for patterned books, I’d go for these in a heartbeat.


  • jana

    March 26, 2012 8:52 pm

    Here is the amazon link to one of the books. So shiny!


  • Linsey Laidlaw

    March 27, 2012 1:12 pm

    Ooo thanks for the reminder! You know I love anything with some sparkle!

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