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T5W: Book Spines

If you take part in Top 5 Wednesday, or have being reading other’s blog posts, then you may have realised that this is not the topic for this week. I actually love this week’s topic, but, I decided not to narrow down children’s books to read as an adult. The reason? I’ve done the topic before in various guises across many blog posts, and if I am honest I believe any good children’s book can be read as an adult anyway, so, yes, I have decided to go back and visit an older topic that I missed out on.

If you want to find out more, or take part in, Top 5 Wednesday, click here to find Lainey and Samantha’s Goodreads page.

So, the topic I am revisiting was one I saw while looking for an archived topic for last week’s Freebie. My friend and housemate Emma posted her favourite spines (you can see her post here) and it made me think about the wonderful books that I have on my shelves. So, I decided to jump on board and do the same topic because I am original like that!

And because I am awful at narrowing things down, I have split this into two different sets, classics and non-classics.There are so many gorgeous editions of classics these days that I could probably go on forever and ever, but these are some of the sets that I own and love. Annnnd because I am awful at narrowing things down, each list has 6 instead of 5, oops, sorry not sorry.

Daphne du Maurier Virago Modern Classics

I adore the simplicity of these covers. They compliment each other so well and look elegant on a shelf. I am a sucker for some shiny shiny, and these have the right amount, but also fit with the cover and the story. They’re so pretty.

Word Cloud Classics

This is by far the biggest set of books that I own of the same edition and they look incredible together. The spines are almost plain, but that is their beauty. Each has different lettering that fits the tone of the book, and has a tiny emblem that symbolises something from the story within.

Sherlock Holmes Penguin Classics

These spines, once again, show how simple is often best. They so obviously compliment each other and change shade subtly. Once again, there is a small but elegant symbol on each cover.

Picador Modern Classics

When it comes to less is more, I think Picador have nailed it. These covers really have nothing, but their stark white spines and simple lettering are beautiful.

Vintage Classics

Bold. Bright. Beautiful. What else is there to say?

To Kill a Mockingbird

It helps that this is my favourite book, but the spine on this novel is so unique and pretty that it instantly draws my eyes.


The Hunger Games

I have a really cool, almost punky set of highlighter coloured edition of these books by Scholastic. Instead of featuring the names in bold, they feature a significant quote from within. I like that.

The Invisible Library

Do you remember when I mentioned the shiny shiny? Well, these books get me. Each book has an elegant script that is etched into a different shade of shiny metallic colouring.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

I simply ador the spines on these books. The colours are bold, the design is simple and carried through, and they look incredible as a set.

Third Edition Sin City

The simple white covers, the stark red and white lettering. These are bold, and perfectly in keeping with the simplicity of the black and white drawings inside.

Penguin James Bond Collection

These are bold and bright. They’re almost garish, and look incredible on a shelf together. They feature drawings that tie in with the cover, make them recognisable and fit with the story too.

Harry Potter UK editions

These are by far my favourite set of books, and always probably will be. I have the UK Bloomsbury hardbacks, which are the iconic UK editions, and I have the house editions, and the most recent illusrrated acquisitions. Even the companion novels, play, and movie scripts are stunning.


I think that is just about enough pretty for one day, don’t you? I could go on about beautiful book spines all day, because they are what makes an incredible book shelf. They are the first things you often notice in a library, and can entice you into a bookstore when done well. I’m lucky that I have a lot of beautiful books, but these were some of my favourite and most iconic spines from my shelves.

I think this list pretty much shows how much I like a simple bookspine. I am instantly drawn to white fictional spines because they are fairly rare occurrences in the modern book world. I have also realised that I have a penchant for simple spines with tiny little pictures, a definite trend on my lists too. I think it’s also clear that I like book spines as a set. Yes, you get beautiful individual spines, but, the thing then makes them stand out to me is a set of coordinating spines together.

What are your favourite book spines?

Do you have a favourite edition of classics that have beautiful spines?

8 thoughts on “T5W: Book Spines”

    1. Thanks 🙂 I am very much willing to spend a little extra on a pretty book, and have been collecting books with pretty covers for a few years now. Books (and travel) accounts for the majority of my personal expenditure, so it’s not a surprise haha

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