the aesthetically pleasing book // a tag

Welcome, friends!

Today I’m doing a tag that I first saw on Tales of the Lonely Sun, where Carlye did it. It originates from DreamlandBookBlog, so thanks to Beatrice for creating it!

There don’t appear to be any rules, so I’ll begin by answering the questions and we’ll see where I go from there.

1 // best color combo on a book cover

cover design by Seedlings Design Studio

I still haven’t read this book, but the cover is so beautiful. I love the double exposure and the gorgeous fonts. (If you’ve read it, please tell me what you thought of it!)

2 // best font for a book title

The Story Peddler (The Weaver Trilogy Book 1) by [Franklin, Lindsay A.]
cover design by Kirk DouPounce

I particularly like how the letters of this one’s title fit together so well.

cover by Nicole Dougherty

I also love Ruth Chou Simons’ handlettering. (I haven’t read this book either, though.)

3 // best simple cover

The Stonemason's House
cover image drawn by Stephen Crotts

I’m not sure how “simple” this cover is (the art is fairly detailed), but I love the way the pieces of paper on the bound book look. It’s unexpected and reminds me of the beauty in the ordinary. (The best part is that the whole book is handbound by Laure Hittle, the “Madame Sidler” of the Wingfeather Saga website and the founder and bookbinder of Weem Adrift Publishing.)

This cover is very simple, but appealing, and it clearly explains what the book is about. I love the gold, black, and white together. (Plus the book is very good :))

4 // best end pages

drawn by Jago

The picture isn’t the best quality (also, I’m not sure about the legality of taking pictures of the insides of books — if anyone knows, please inform me!), but I like this drawing of a horse in the back of Sally Lloyd-Jones’ Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing. 

5 // best map

Edil-Amarandh from The Gift by Alison Croggon. | The Books ...
drawn by N. Puttapipat

I like this map from Alison Croggon’s Books of Pellinor.

The Map of Aerwiar (Full Color) - The Wingfeather Saga
drawn by Justin Gerard

And of course, this full-color one (which is hanging on my bedroom wall!) from Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga.

6 // best naked hardback

Every Moment Holy by Douglas Kaine McKelvey
cover art by Ned Bustard

This one might not technically count, since it doesn’t even have a cover to remove, but I’m putting it here anyway because this book by Douglas McKelvey has truly changed the way I think about the everyday moments of my life. (Just try reading one of the liturgies and you’ll see why.)

7 // best back cover

I can’t find any back cover images online, and I don’t really want to take another low-quality picture, so I’ll just say this: the back cover of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson is hilarious (and he’s on tour for Behold the Lamb of God — which I’m going to see — starting in four days!) and the back cover of Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs is nearly as lovely as the book itself (and she has an amazing podcast).

8 // best chapter headers

I’m going to go with Carlye on this one and say that Pauline Baynes’ illustrations for C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia are some of my favorites. They usually come at the beginning of each chapter, but I couldn’t find a picture of that.

Narnia: King Tirian in The Last Battle | The Chronicles of ...
drawn by Pauline Baynes; from The Last Battle

Tirian! The very sight of this picture is filling me with nostalgia and longing. I need to reread the entire Narnia series. Soon.

9 // best illustrations

Jim Kay on illustrating the world of Harry Potter - YouTube
drawn by Jim Kay

I love the illustrations in the new editions of Harry Potter!

10 // best spine

The Chronicles of Prydain - Wikipedia
box art by Evaline Ness

I think that all the spines for this series are amazing. The font and Celtic knot pattern fit the story very well, and the different colors work well together. (I actually own this exact boxed set, and it looks great on my shelf!)

10 // favorite cover on your shelf

cover design by Abbie Emmons

This book isn’t technically on my shelf (I own it as an ebook), but it has my favorite cover ever. The best part is that the author designed it herself (and she has a video where she explains how she did it, and how you can do the same thing for your book)!

art by Kevin Reilly

And this one, which actually is on my shelf, has amazing cover art and is perfect for any Tolkien enthusiast.

And that concludes the tag. Just as Carlye did, I’ll leave this open to anyone who’d like to do it.

Farewell for now!


P.S. What do you think of my new design? I’ve chosen a name and created a new header. Next step: edit my “about” page and update my menu. Let me know if you like it or have any ideas for how to make it better!

Published by Maya Joelle

classics student, bookdragon, wordsmith, forest girl, incurable romantic seeking to adorn the dark with my words and kindle hearts with legendary fire looking for beauty in the ordinary but the men signed of the cross of Christ go gaily in the dark

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