Here we are in a new month, and we have a new set of topics from Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is, strangely enough, book spines. And, as Shanah points out, they are not something we usually give much thought to, that is, till today.
So, book spines, what is it that makes them so unforgettable compared, well, to the cover itself? After all, mostly they’re just a generic colour and a way to display the author’s name and the title of the book. And yet, when shelved, that colour can be all important, as can the typeface used. Both need to catch our attention as we twisted our heads, and skim read titles at our local bookstore.
Which brings us to, eye-catching spines; what caught my eye:
#1. SANDSTORM / ICE HUNT / AMAZONIA — are all thrillers from James Rollins with book spines featuring mini-tableaus depicting what the book is about. As in a shrunken head on the spine of AMAZONIA, and an Egyptian Temple of the spine of SANDSTORM. Cool, right?
#2. THE ASHES OF LONDON — by Andrew Taylor, has an authentic looking scene from the Great Fire of London, I mean, come on, the burning skyline of 17c London is definitely eye-catching.
#3. DEEP DOWN DEAD — the three Lori Anderson books by Steph Broadribb all feature action panels slotted in between the 3 word titles, showcasing content snippets, like Rollins’ books.
#4. THE CITY OF BRASS — by S.A. Chakraborty and, of course, THE KINGDOM OF COPPER both have very distinctive spines that echo the front covers.
#5. THE STOCKHOLM OCTAVO — by Karen Engelmann, another historical novel like Andrew Taylor’s, has a really eye-catching colourful sky-blue spine decked out with Tarot cards. Unmistakable.
And finally, an honourable mention goes to Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mystery novels. Each of which is an eye-watering colour, with beautifully rendered text, and a single resonant and suggestive motif like a blackbird holding a red penny stamp in its beak. All very intriguing.
What book spines have caught your eye lately?