Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Top Ten Book Covers I'd Frame As Pieces of Art

Hello again! Life here has gone up ten points since I finally found my way to my library for the first time since moving.  I'd mostly been relying on ebooks and audiobooks (shameful, yes, but...well, not really, since it was raining and snowing outside, and once you've been full-body splashed by a car you really don't need to experience it again).  I wandered over, and I am incredibly glad that I did.  I picked up three that I think will be really great for me to read, and I'm excited about sharing them here later on.

But on to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and The Bookish - this week's topic is Top Ten Book Covers I'd Frame As Pieces of Art:

Going clockwise:

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.  I'm a sucker for mountains.

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell.  A door-stopper if ever there was one.  This was the cover on the one I read - paperback, so stuffed that pages fluttered out if you cracked the spine too much.  I read this one on a nearly three-day train ride from St. Petersburg to Sochi.  I'd frame it just for the memory.  I gave my copy to a girl for the plane ride back to the States, and never saw it again (sad but true).

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  This was the cover illustration I grew up with, and again, I'd frame it for the memories.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  I tried reading it my freshman year of college, but couldn't get into it - I was too creeped out.  I may give it another shot later in life.  I do like a good black-and-white photo, though, and those shoes.

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.  Every page of this book could be framed.  So beautiful.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.  One that I have been meaning to pick up for a long time.  The cover reminds me of Sammy Keyes for some reason.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  Every time I see this one in the store/library I want to pick it up.  And each time I do, I don't get more than the first few pages.  Maybe it'll get me another time.

The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman.  Haven't read it, hadn't really heard of it, but it reminds me of a New Yorker cover.

South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami.  I have heard many, many good things about Haruki Murakami's books, and would like to find a shorter book of his.  Last year I got about 300 pages into 1Q84 before giving up.  This cover reminded me of my grandmother.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi.  I first heard of Persepolis from the movie that came out, though I have flipped through the book(s) at bookstores.  I really should bite the bullet and pick it up.

This one was tough - I kept thinking of books I liked, or wonderful children's books.  I guess the inside of a book is more important for me, but I get that marketing and covers have an impact as well.  There are some great books out there that I wouldn't necessarily frame.  What about you? Could you think of any off the top of your head that would work?  Go check out the rest at The Broke and the Bookish!


  1. ohhh., i love all of these! I love the unique and vintage feel to them! I haven't read any of them, but I really should!

    1. Thanks! They are pretty vintage-looking, huh? I didn't realize that at first, but so true!

  2. Beautiful covers! The South of the Border, West of the Sun cover is stunning.

    1. Thanks Sue! It reminded me of "South Pacific" for some reason :)