judging a book by its cover: part 2

My all-time favorite book covers

The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

AHhhhHHH. This is great book cover design. My mother and I found this book at Barnes and Noble and were just drawn to it. The faceless woman walking in to the book. The ink stained title. Fforde’s odd spelling jumping out in neon lime green. I had no idea what the book was about, though it turned out to be quite clearly explained in the cover (a woman jumping into a book), I knew I would love it. And I did.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

When I first saw this cover it was in a magazine with a positive review. Then I saw it at Barnes and Noble and finally my father bought it for me at a book sale with a water damaged cover. Maybe I am just a fan of ink blots. This cover bores on the plot even less. Between the sort-off goofy elementary school letter home print and really simplistic image, this cover might not work. But it does and is beautiful just like the text.

The Complete Works of Flannery O’Connor

The Complete Works of Flannery O'Connor

I love peacocks. So did Ms. O’Connor. This is one of those covers that feels powdery that I talked about once before. I really love the dual imagery of eyes and peacock feathers. And the combination is not forced, visually or meaning-wise.

Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles

Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles by Katie Roiphe

My love of Bloomsbury is not a secret one. This is the book that started it all. I read it while doing my research paper on Virginia Woolf during high school and I fell in love with the people stuck between their parents’ Victorian ideals and their own progressive ideas about sex and gender. There has since been another cover introduced that I don’t like as much. I love the clarity of the blue and the clear divide between the fonts, one inspired by the swirls of Art Nouveau and the other the streamline of Art Deco, and somewhere in between these two art movements seven couples existed.

Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, cover design by Vanessa Bell

Everyone should recognize this cover. My header on the blog is cropped from this design. Vanessa Bell, Woolf’s sister, painted this cover. I love the simple color scheme and the abstraction of the bouquet and stage?.

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