Top 5 Book Spines | Top 5 Tuesdays

Thanks to Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, this Tuesday we’re throwing a spotlight on book spines! You might have some favorite book covers, but book spines get some pretty cool designs too. They’re also the part of the book you see when they’re all neatly lined up on a shelf. There’s nothing like a beautiful row of book spines. And here, today, I’ll reveal some of my favorites!

From top to bottom:

1. Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

I’ve always been drawn to old school style spines. I love that Inkheart has taken this style to heart (pun intended!). It’s a vibrant red, there are critters on it and it perfectly reflects the story. It’s just a great spine!

2. Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Okay, so this spine basically replicates the cover, but it looks so beautiful! I love the design for the whole series. I particularly love Cinder, how the bionic foot in the ruby red shoe are just glowing, the decorative font, it’s all just really, really cool.

3. Emergency Contact – Mary H.K. Choi

I love this spine because of how modern it looks. I know, I know, I said I love old school style, but there’s something equally cool and sleek about modern covers and spines. I am also particularly fond of this shade of pink! And the gold foiling pulls it all together into one really beautiful, minimalist spine. The flowing script also adds a touch of elegance to it. Is just so beautiful.

4. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

So this is one of my favorite books of 2018. And I also really love the design for this book. Okay, I have a thing for gold foiling! This spine really brings a retro vibe to it, which links perfectly with the story’s Agatha Christie feel. I also just love the red, black, and gold color palette. It’s another elegant spine to a really awesome book!

5. The Water Knife – Paolo Bacigalupi

I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book (though Bacigalupi is one of my favorite authors), but I really love the design of it. I love the reflective, metallic blue accents, which recall the idea of falling water. It’s geometric, yet relaying something organic and I like the interplay between those two ideas. The geometric design also plays a bit off of southwestern design, which ties into the book’s location. It’s pretty darn cool.


Sorry this post comes so late this Tuesday. I had a busy day, but it was always in the back of my mind. I’m really happy to be posting this because I love the idea and I’m so excited to look at everyone else’s favorite book spines!

Let me know what you think of my choices or suggest some of your own!

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