Top 5… book spines

Good morning bookworms!

Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘book spines’. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics we have coming up!

As Book Depository doesn’t have pictures of book spines on record, you only get one photo and more text than is reasonable you can poke a stick at today. Huzzah!

Karen Gillan flipping through a book - scene from Selfie

Uhhhh… So, I’m finding this really hard! To be honest I don’t really look at covers or spines once I own a book, and lately I’ve been buying based on recommendations (it’s kind of hard to cover buy when you buy online), so I genuinely had to go hunting on my shelves for ideas!

Ok, first up is A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. But it’s so pretty and metallic and silver that I just couldn’t help myself! To be honest, this is the only book that came to mind when I read this topic, but I will persevere and find more!

I also really love the Cassandra Clare Shadowhunters‘ book spines – the ones where you can see the whole picture when you have the set. I only own the Infernal Devices ones, but I actually ordered the Mortal Instruments set on the weekend.

I love the colours on the dust jacket for Autoboyography by Christina Lauren. The spine sized cut of dusk across a town is so beautiful in its shades of purple, pink, orange and yellow. And the stars as well – it’s just pretty.

The naked cover for The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell is stunning. I’ve never had a book in such vivid colours, and to be honest, as lovely as the dust jacket is, it’s a shame to cover up the real book beneath!

The final book I’m choosing is one that I haven’t read for a very long time. I bought it when it first came out in 2000, and it’s one of the first hardcover books that I ever bought for myself. In fact, it may be the very first hardcover fantasy novel that I have ever bought. But I love the spine of The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings. Not for any particular reason. I mean, the dagger is cool and the colours are lovely. The font is terrible, but this book just gives me a feeling of ‘epic-ness’ that I can’t really explain. It’s entirely possible that this is a nostalgia pick, and you’d be horrified if I showed you the state of the spine under the dust jacket. It’s kind of caved in and silverfish have eaten a section of it. It looks like the biggest book on my shelf, but it’s just shy of 700 pages. (Clearly the Eddings’ used thicker pages than Maas…) Anyway, for whatever reason, this is probably my favourite spine on my bookshelves.

Photo of book spines. Books are The Redemption of Althalus, The Wizards of Once, Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess, Autoboyography, and A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

Until next time, happy reading 😊📚

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  1. ooooh, I would definitely have had such a hard time with this challenge since most of my collection is ebooks now, but honestly I’ve never paid a ton of attention to the spines of my print books either – these are all so gorgeous, though! I’m personally a huge fan of cityscapes and sunsets, but I also really love the silver and the Shadowhunters spines, which are each gorgeous but also so satisfying together!

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  2. Oh wow I love the topic for this Top 5 Tuesday. It makes me want to go look through my books and see what are some of the prettiest spines I have. I do really like all these spines. I do like how the Cassandra Clare ones fit together. Autoboyography is also gorgeous. Really great picks!

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  3. I also love the series that line up and make a whole picture! I’ve not read Cassandra Clare’s book ever but that series edition is super appealing ^_^ I’ve never heard of The Wizard of Once, but that naked spine is indeed gorgeous! ❤ I completely forget to look under the dust jackets sometimes.

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    1. Haha, I spent 45 mins taking all my hardcover books off the shelf and looking under the dust jackets for this prompt!! Cressida Cowell who wrote The Wizards of Once is also the author of the original How to Train Your Dragon books. This is another middle grade book 💕

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  4. Oooh Meeghan A Curse So Dark and Lonely is silver for you???? I didn’t know it! It’s dark blue for me. And yes no spines pic on Amazon or GR!

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