View Full Version : Which book spines send chills down your spine?

07-18-2015, 05:50 PM
We got to talking about judging books by their covers in the When you go shopping for books... (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?308437-When-you-go-shopping-for-books) thread, which got me wondering. I'm a bit of a cover junkie. Sometimes I'll purchase a book because it has a particular attractive cover ... or more precisely, a particularly attractive spine. That's what I'll see on my bookshelf, after all, so I appreciate a really artful spine. Eye-catching color, a clever picture, an interesting font: all of these elements play in.

A few personal favorites from my collection include George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series (http://i.imgur.com/cGOxdXl.jpg) (love those colors!), Diana Gabaldon's Outlander: 20th Anniversery Edition (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5z3kUZYMEm8/ThLGLkuQOAI/AAAAAAAADyo/NAj_nb_UHhQ/s400/outlander_r3-2-1024x718.jpg) (the gold crest on red background is striking), Stephen King's Wolves of the Calla (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/RareBookCellar/33/58010.jpg) (striking font, plus that intriguing keyhole at the top), and probably the nicest of all, the Houghton Mifflin Collector's Edition of The Lord of the Rings (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41yl2AgXxbL.jpg) (that lettering and artwork ... gorgeous).

Anybody else share a passion for spines? Share your favorites here and help beautify our book collections. :)

07-23-2015, 04:11 AM
I've wondered how often marketing departments focus on the spine of a book, especially given that is often what a potential reader might see in a bookstore. Off-hand I remember the spines for the new Harry Potter covers (the ones with Hogwarts stretched across the series), along with the covers for The Lunar Chronicles. But I think anything that gives a feel for the book inside can be a good spine. Just looking at my collection of books, I like the spines for Avalon by Mindee Arnett, Phoenix Island by John Dixon, and Leviathon by Scott Westerfeld.