Top Ten Book Covers That I Would Frame

I had a nice time following up this challenge from the Broke and Bookish this week.  I had a lovely look through my books and then a little hunt online.  For Christmas this year, I had the Spineless Classic edition of Pride and Prejudice framed for my mother and it is certainly imposing.  My Mum really liked it but she asked me politely not to get her another.  A few years ago my best friend bought me a collection of Puffin postcards for my birthday and these are currently decorating my bedroom.  Books are very decorative objects.  With the advent of the Kindle, the book itself has had to become a desirable object once more.  A bland cover will make people reach for the e-book, the customer has to want the real thing.  And I do.

Given that this is a book which recently celebrated its two hundredth birthday, it has had rather a lot of covers.  I find it difficult to select just one so … I have picked two.  The Pulp Classic edition from last year was truly hilarious but the Penguin Classics edition really captures the story in so little.
2) The Book of Lost Things, John Connolly
This is such a fantastical and deeply disturbing fairy story, uniting elements of the terrible with the magical.  The cover shows the tangled wilderness the lead character walks in – my own copy is battered and beaten by now but still beautiful.
3) The Monsters of Templeton, Lauren Groff
Another family saga, a woman searches for her family through the complex and winding history of Templeton, fictionalised.  Again, both covers are lovely and I would happily have both or either on the wall.  Both capture the web of the family tree, the mystery, secrets and stories that hide within the branches.
There is so much of the story in this one picture; the tidy and particular Clare waiting for her errant husband, waiting from childhood but always expectant.  The meadow behind her, the meadow which brought them so much happiness and such danger.  A wonderful cover for a wonderful book.
There are many lovely covers for this book but I like this one best by far.  We can see Cassandra in her bath, Topaz with her lute, Rose dreaming of better things and Mortmain presumably doing a crossword puzzle.  The only pity is that Stephen and Thomas appear to be elsewhere but it is a real piece of art.
6) Le Petit Prince, Antoine Saint-Exupery
I actually do have quite a number of Petit Prince related postcards on the wall, particularly those with inspiring quotations about the beauty of love and friendship etc.  I just love this book, it is dazzlingly sweet without any kind of sickliness.
7) Le Petit Nicolas, Goscinny and Sempe
Again, like the above I also have a fairly wide selection of Petit Nicolas related postcards.  He is like a witty Just William, crashing about and creating havoc without any true realisation of having done so.  The film reminded me of just how beautiful the original was.  I plan on teaching any children I may have French purely so that they can enjoy this little gent’s adventures.
8) The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
It is an ambition in my life to one day own a poster featuring the cast of The Wizard of Oz.  I have never actually read the book but I decided I was permitted a little cheat here – I am mildly obsessed with the film.
9) Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
It always interests me how changing covers reveal how attitudes have changed about a book.  Little Women has been embraced by so many different girls (and boys) over time but the way we look at it has definitely shifted.  I would want to put all of these up together.
10) Persuasion, Jane Austen
Another double bill here because they are both so beautiful in their way, the one showing how Anne Elliot is trapped by her family and her desperate though silent unhappiness while the other captures her longing.
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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Book Covers That I Would Frame

  1. I love the cover of The Book of Lost Things. The detail is just lovely.
    Also, that first cover of The Wizard of Oz is so cool! I've never seen that one before. 🙂

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  2. I can't believe I hadn't noticed the cover of The Time Traveler's Wife (I praised it in a comment to you), looking at in now I think though it is clever it actually put me off reading it for awhile! Having read it the cover is very clever.

  3. Oooh, you collected some gorgeous covers here, and I like that you had multiple editions! I'd never seen the pulp version of Pride and Prejudice but it's awesome, haha. The first Wizard of Oz cover was especially beautiful. Fabulous list — thanks for sharing!

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  4. I know, I like it too … well obviously because I put it in my list but I just love the Wizard of Oz. I always wanted a pair of red shoes like those … sigh.

    Thanks for the comment! PS – like the look of the ad for The Humans, may have to bump that up my TBR list. 🙂

  5. I know – it is lovely though the story within is also brilliant … I kind of want to reread it now. It's funny how it's a bit of a cult classic now. Mine is slightly battered from the summer it spent in a log cabin in America but still beloved.

  6. I love the cover for The Time Traveller's Wife – I didn't notice the significance of it until after I'd read it but you're right, it really does tell the story. Had to steal the Pulp the Classics P&P for my list (credit to you of course), it always makes me laugh whenever I see it 🙂

  7. How interesting to see multiple covers for the same book, with different approaches but equally effective. I love all the original art being created today for the classics–my old paperback editions are usually graced with old paintings, often nice but not really specific to the book. I'm glad artists are being inspired by them.
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  8. Pulp! the Classics are absolutely fantastic, I want them to do all of the classics. I think the Time Traveler's Wife is beautiful even without the title logo. I could so happily have a book-themed house. Hope you're having a good week 🙂

  9. I know what you mean – a lot of very generic images used to be used for the classics. I have seen the same painting of two sisters used for Pride & Prejudice as for Sense & Sensibility and although both books feature sisters, it's nice if it seems that the image is actually something to do with the real story. I think that the rise of the Kindle and ebook has meant that publishers have had to raise their game in cover design but I think as well that cover art as a mark has become more imaginative. There's the Threads series, the cloth covers, because the classics are out of copyright there's a lot of scope for the different publishing houses to compete in putting out individual designs.

    Thanks for visiting, hope your week is going well 🙂

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