Good morning, friends! How are you doing? Has March been treating you well? Today I want to take you on a little journey and ask you to think about a specific part of the books around us: the spine. When was the last time to you thought about a book’s spine? Do you pay attention to them when purchasing a book?
other “explore the book” posts I have written:
There are so many things that can be said about book spines. I mean, they are literally the first thing you see looking at a shelf. That is why, to me, it is so important to have pretty covers. I’m not one to buy a lot of books, simply because I am too cheap for that and would rather save up. But when I do buy paperbacks and hardbacks, I want to make sure they look all neat and beautiful in my living room.
But since “neat” and “beautiful” are subjective, what do I mean by those terms? Well, today I decided to put together a list of things I look for in book spines…
🌿 soft, pastel colors
I don’t know about you, but I love having soft colors on display on my bookshelf. For this reason, white and pastel spines are my favorites. I find that because they’re so soft they can really go with anything so I can arrange my shelves however I want. Whether it is by author, genre, or theme, soft-colored spines look beautiful regardless.
💫 pretty lettering
I am an avid fan of calligraphy and fonts. I discovered this love for handwritten and computer-designed lettering when I started my bullet journal a year or so ago. I’m by no means good at it, but I still like looking at books that have the title and/or name of the author written in beautiful penmanship.
If you’re like me and feel hypnotized by those beautiful cursive strokes, then I highly recommend falling down the calligraphy hole on Instagram. It’s so mesmerizing seeing someone draw perfect letters using those fountain pens that can draw both thick and slim strokes. Like???? I wish I had that gift. But because I don’t, I’m happy looking at beautiful lettering on book spines.
🌿 series that match
This is a very popular (and understandable) book blogger demand: please only give us books that have matching spines if they’re part of a series. The worst-looking shelf is one that has mismatched book spines, especially if they’re part of a series! It annoys me so much seeing book one have a spine that is completely different from the rest of the series.
The best example of a series that has mismatched spines is Shatter Me. The first book looks absolutely horrible with the floating woman on the cover and, worst of all, had a spine completely different from book two’s and book three’s. Thankfully, the first book had a makeover and now they all look beautiful next to one another.
My favorite examples of spines that match are the Penguin Classics, Penguin Modern Classics, Penguin Vintage Classics, and the Penguin English Library. I swear, they make the most beautiful spines (and covers!)
💫 small illustrations that tie to the story
Because I’m a very visual person, I love having small images on the spines to remind me of the plot. This can be anything from a drawing of a character, the setting the story is set in, or a specific object that has relevance in the story. This way, I can always be reminded of what the plot was about! (I’m an awful book blogger because I forget plots very easily)
What do you like to see in book spines? Do you have some of the same preferences as I do?