Welcome one and all to this week’s Top 5 Wednesday post! For those of you who don’t know Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme/challenge which was created by the wonderful Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now overseen by the equally lovely Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. Every Wednesday, participants devise their Top 5 based on a given topic.
This Wednesday’s topic is a Freebie which means we get to invent our own topic or to pick a previous one from the Top 5 Wednesday archives. I decided to go way back to August 2014 for this one and I’m going to talk about my Top 5 Favourite Book Spines.
As a disclaimer, this will not include any book spines that are a publisher’s edition of a particular series. For example, Penguin consistently knock it out of the park with their recognisable cover and spine designs and they have many ranges of classics which are instantly recognisable and beautiful in their simplicity- e.g. Penguin English Library, Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions, Penguin Clothbounds, Penguin Great Ideas, Penguin Little Black Classics, and their recently released Penguin Modern series. Like I said, they are consistently excellent at cover (and particular spine) design. But this post isn’t about them, this is about all the other beautiful spine designs that I love…
(I also do hereby apologise for my terrible photos which completely lack white balance and will not do any of these spines justice!)
5. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Ok mostly I enjoy the cover as a whole when you lay out the jacket flat but the point still stands that the gold foiling embossed against the black background is very eye-catching and stunning. I haven’t read this book so I couldn’t tell you if the spine matches the content but it makes it seem quite royal, decadent, and luxurious somehow.