So, I was literally tagged to do this in spring 2018 – and now, here I sit, typing up the post in September 2019! LOL! First of all, I want to thank Sarah at The Book Hooked Nook for tagging me, oh, about a year-and-a-half ago! Seriously though, check out Sarah’s blog – she’s even got her own personally curated BOOK BOX! Trust me, Sarah is a cool cookie.
Moving on, let me introduce you to the beautiful aesthetically pleasing book tag! While it’s all about looks, this tag truly enables us to appreciate and showcase the beauty – inner and outer – of books! I’m personally excited to go through my own books to pick some pretties!
Best Color Combo on a Book Cover
What better book to choose for this category than The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair! As you can see, the cover is covered with dots of many different colors, thus making this book very aesthetically pleasing.
I adore the dotted cover. The beauty of this book makes me want to move The Secret Lives of Color up on my TBR list!
Best Typography on a Book Cover
I am very drawn to the cover of the 50th anniversary edition of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird,
especially its font – I wish I knew the name of it…Anyhow, I also
adore the photo of Scout zooming around on a tire swing, but we’re
talking typography here!
Best Simple Cover
Surely, by now, it’s rather well-known that my all-time favorite book is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
I have made it one of my missions in life to collect as many beautiful editions of the beautiful, yet tragic, saga of Anna.
I have a few editions in my mini-collection thus far; I’ve got my eyes on a Spanish edition – it’s gorgeous!
Best End Pages
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman could actually fit into quite a few of the categories presented here, as the entire book, from cover to cover is gorgeous.
I love the end pages in this book because they are so intricate and obviously were created by a very talented artist.
The maps in all of the A Song of Ice and Fire books by George R.R. Martin are gorgeous. I chose the ones in A Dance with Dragons because they are very intricate and plentiful. Plus, as the last book in the series, it seems to feature maps of multiple kingdoms not represented in previous series titles.
Best Naked Hardback
I sort of cheated on this category, as I didn’t do a reveal of a naked hardback, hidden under a sleeve.
However, my pretty copy of Oscar Wilde’s Gothic The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my favorites. I love the feathery things on the cover, whatever they may be!
I also really like the black background, with the feathery stuff being the contrasting white.
Ninja likes it too! LOL!
Best Back Cover
Of course I love all of the back covers of the first seven Baby-sitters Club Graphix editions by Raina Telgemeier and Gale Galligan, but I absolutely adore the picture of Stacey in love as Mary Anne gives her the evil eye in the background! LOL!
I also really like how the back cover shows pictures of the six previous Graphix installments.
The installment pictured is Boy-Crazy Stacey.
Best Chapter Headers
I love the simplicity, yet elegance of the chapter headings in Anne Bogel’s I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life.
Let me just say that I’m so excited to get to this book! I’m really looking forward to reading more books about books!
Hands down, the iconic Where’s Waldo? books by Martin Handford have the most amazing and complicated illustrations.
This particular masterpiece was taken from The Great Waldo Search, the third series addition.
I adored the Waldo books as a child and am seriously pondering going through them again and seeing what I can locate!
I chose a slight variety of books for this category. I adore, of course, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with its darling pink flamingos.
The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore was chosen because of its blue page color!
Favorite Cover on My Shelves
I LOVE my chalk-colored edition of The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum! My asshole ex-husband got it for me, but I still adore it and can’t wait to get to it on my TBR list!
Even if the book blows, which is highly doubtful, at least the cover is awesome!