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May 6: Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

city and city2

1. City and the City; China Miéville. A simple, but thought-provoking design.


2. Firebird; Mercedes Lackey. There’s something sad about the expression on her face, but she’s still beautiful and strange.

harry potter prisoner

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; J.K. Rowling. All of these new covers are gorgeous, but I think this one is one of my favorites–ghostly, represents the conflict well.

moth spark

4. Moth and Spark; Anne Leonard. A little dark, but interestingly symbolic. And fire is fun.

penguin classic threads

5. Penguin Classic Threads. These covers are embroidered. How cool is that?

penguin drop caps

6. Penguin Drop Caps. Any of these books are simple and bright–and they’d be especially nifty spelling out a word on your wall.

tapestry of fortune

7. Tapestry of Fortunes; Elizabeth Berg. A flower, tea cup, and a butterfly–a serene, gorgeous work of art.


8. Troika; Adam Pelzman. Swirls, a subdued shiny silver on white pattern, and pops of red. Lovely.


9. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden; Helen Grant. I love the outline of this, and all the curlicues in the text.

wind up bird

10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; Haruki Murakami. A beautifully painted bird, in sunrise colors.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

11 responses »

  1. Yash says:

    Ooh! I like your selection! I definitely want Jillian Tamaki’s embroidered classics too!

    • caitlinstern says:

      Penguin has some skills it making books that demand to be touched and admired–I like plenty of their classic hardcovers, too, but I decided three Penguin designs was too much for one list!

  2. I love those from Penguin! They would look so great framed or set up as art. I can’t believe some of them are actually embroidered. That’s amazing.

  3. lynnsbooks says:

    I have City and the City and unfortunately my cover is nothing like the one you show – which I love! Great choices.
    Lynn 😀

    • caitlinstern says:

      Too bad when you see a book in a store, you don’t have the option of choosing the cover. I have plenty of books that I’ve discover some alternate version I’d much rather have.

  4. Marcia says:

    Love these, Caitlin. I’m a sucker for cover art, and have bought several books just to display examples of it on my shelves. Some very cool ones here. The first one puzzled me when I saw it in your email. I had to see the larger version to be able to tell there were contrasting cityscapes on each side. Very nice. Firebird is gorgeous, and the Harry Potter cover, magical. Embroidered covers? How splendid! And the Drop Caps ones would be really cool. I’m thinking of all sorts of messages I could display.Troika not only has lovely, silvery swirls, it has a face hidden in them. That really speaks to me. But the Helen Grant cat is my favorite. I love how it all fits within the silhouette, and like you, think the swirly-curly things are wonderful.

    I’ve GOT to start doing this. I might have driven myself into apoplexy trying to pick just ten covers today, though. 😀 Nice job!

  5. punkfarie says:

    Oh I really love that Firebird cover. Gorgeous!

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