Pretty Covers

[or, more specifically]

Pretty Book Covers!

I love books with all my heart.

I also love colours, cartoons, irresistible patterns and objectively-beautiful images.

Thus, a particularly pretty book cover greatly appeals to me.

Who knew that Kirstie Komoberi had already listed this as a noteworthy perk of being a bookworm? Indeed, this page has itself been inspired by our chats about books we love, especially ones with pretty covers. I stumbled across one book on Twitter, and Kirstie seemed to share my joy.


This page, then, is, pure and simply, dedicated to aesthetic bliss – the blissful aura and breathtaking beauty captured, and conveyed, in a pretty book cover. If you have, or have come across, any books whose covers you feel should be shared with similarly-minded souls, then please get in touch, and I will happily post them here! A few words as to what you like about a specific cover are not just welcomed – but encouraged.




This Knickerbocker Classics complete collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories not only comes in a sturdy slipcase; but the hardback book itself is furnished with a luscious herringbone fabric. Beautiful. [WW]


Despite their simplicity, I find Routledge’s covers quite captivating. This, their edition of Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, boasts perhaps the most splendid of them all. It is, to me, wondrous. [WW]


As I said above, I love cartoons and I love colours. This cover is different to that of the first edition of Aviva Chomsky’s A History of the Cuban Revolution. According to the publication credits, it is a piece by Cuban artist José Fuster. Just look at it: it’s gorgeous. Furthermore – and for what it’s worth – the cover has a matte finish, so it is as much pleasure to touch and it is to take in. [WW]


This edition of P.G. Wodehouse’s Honeysuckle Cottage is dainty; its cover, decorative – almost (to my blissful) eye, Christmassy. All in all, it’s quite a cute little book really. [WW]


George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London was originally recommended to me by a second year tutor at university. He spoke very highly of it, and I myself thought it was superb. I must re-read it soon. Anyway, enough about the book – I love this cover. End of. [WW]