#SixforSunday is hosted by Steph at A Little But A Lot. Every week there is a bookish-themed prompt to inspire 6 choices.
This month focuses on Share the Love and this week the prompt is favourite covers/types of cover, I’m interpreting that as design features of the books rather than themes or tropes used in the illustrations.
Ok I may be a bit of a sprayed edges floozy. If I see a version with sprayed edges I get a bit wobbly at the knees. I mean come on it inspired my banner for Six for Sundays it had to be here of all places!
I don’t know what it is but maybe it’s like the legitimised version of what I used to do with felt tips and highlighters to my school books until I got told off for defacing my exercise books!
French flaps ooo-er
The paperback’s answer to the joy of the dustjacket.
By extending an extra bit of card there’s a secret world under the back of the covers and more space for extra informations. The Little Gems series by Barrington Stoke is another source of French Flap loveliness with activities, facts or extra musings under the cover.
Foiling and Metallic finishes
It sparkles!!! What can I say it’s pretty, it’s shiny and my inner magpie says yes please. Especially if it’s in a Rococo style intricate design – like Melissa Castrillon covers make me sigh with happiness.
Whether it’s picked out in speckles of glitter, full on glorious foil or shimmering hints it just adds a little joy to the experience.
I like the textural experience of books, raised details, a special finish to the cover embossing, or recessed details! The tactile nature as you read add another experience.
Take the metallic details and then raise it to textural finish and oh my.
Hidden Hardback delights
Underneath a lovely or even a simple dustjacket it’s an absolute JOY to find if love has been given to the physical hardback cover instead of just a plain black or standard colour cover.
Illustrations, prints that evoke special clothbound editions or even just an unexpected colour choice just adds a little extra joy to owning the hardback version.
I particularly love this simple yet stunningly beautiful choice by Guppy Books to print the hardback of Bronte Mettlestone in a pure white hardback with the title picked out in red metallic foil (not shown but gorgeous) underneath the absolutely stunning cover by Karl J Mountford.
Is there anything more secretly delicious in a book than when love has been lavished on the end papers? Whether a simple but perfect colour choice or intricate design, just that added bit of love and attention makes a book feel extra special.
Admittedly this tends to be more so in hardback books than paperbacks sadly but it is special when you get them. Simple but bold colour choices make an impact too from the turquoise of Starfell to the matte blood red of Bronte Mettlestone.
What are your favourite kinds of book covers?
Do we share any favourites?