A Month of Favorites Day 3: 10 Favorite Book Covers

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The books that I have shown here have covers that I admire to be sure, but they are not separate from the content within.

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I love the cover of The Sorrow of Angels because it depicts the snow and ice and isolation through which its characters must struggle…

The Secret History

I love this particular cover for The Secret History because it indicates the Greek tragedy which the characters live out…

The Robber Bride

I love The Robber Bride‘s cover because I don’t understand it. Its mystery points to the all seeing eye of Zenia, but in my opinion, that might very well be our own eye searching for truth…

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The Virginian‘s cover is of the man himself, strong and brave and independent, a cowboy unparalleled by any other character written to portray integrity…

Atlas Shrugged

I love this cover because Atlas is so strong, and yet so conflicted and weary from carrying the world on his capable shoulders…

Colorless Tsukuru

Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage has a cover which points to so many parts of the book it took me weeks to notice them all, from the five-fingered hand, to the map of a train station, to the color of each character, to the colorless cellophane which you can’t even see from the picture alone…

Possession

The cover of Possession points to the romance inside, as well as the intrigue of a time gone by…

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Penguin Classics takes Dickens’ books, such as Bleak House, and makes them all look as bleak as they often are…

Winnie The Pooh

and while it’s not a cover, I cannot leave this post without mentioning the illustrations of Ernest Shepherd who ‘decorated’ the original Winnie-The-Pooh. You may look at it and see Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear, with Piglet by his side, but I look at it and see my son and I playing Pooh-Sticks off the bridge over our river when he was quite small.

(Find more posts about favorite covers here.)

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37 thoughts on “A Month of Favorites Day 3: 10 Favorite Book Covers”

    1. The Sorrow of Angels is the first book that came to mind when I thought about this post. The snow and the isolation are so evident in the white, sparse cover! As for The Virginian, oh I love that book. It is known as one of the first Westerns as it was written in 1902, but really, it is just a wonderful read period.

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  1. We’ve got nearly one in common! (it’s the book… not the cover 😉 )
    I love the first cover. I’m not sure I ever read what the book was about but I’m going to now (in France, the cover has a little bit more color – for once!- but is mainly white too).

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    1. Oh, I’d like to see the French edition of The Sorrow of Angels! So glad we have a book in common, as we seem to have had several during this first week of favorites.

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        1. THANK YOU for the link! At first I didn’t think it went very well with the novel, and then I realize it does, with the theme of white and potential love.

          I didn’t read the first book in the series, but was completely able to follow (and adore) this one. I’m sure you’ll be able to as well.

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    1. The covers of a novel aren’t necessarily the first thing that strikes me when I think of them, yet I find it important somehow in choosing a book (especially at the library, or when I haven’t heard of the title from blog-land).

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  2. I don’t remember that Secret History cover – my version was different! I do love the Atlas Shrugged cover. And, I was thoroughly confused by the Colorless Tsukuru cover…and I should probably admit by the entire book (I did love his 1Q84)!

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    1. My first edition paperback of The Secret History had some Greek Parthenon and a red rose; it looked fairly ridiculous. This one is much more classic, such as the themes of the book with Latin and Greek and pride and murder.

      Part of why Murakami is so wonderful (to me) is that he is confusing, or at least no readily comprehensible.I loved 1Q84, too, although what’s with the Little People? My favorite of his are Kafka on The Shore and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, although those too are not completely clear to me.

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    1. Isn’t Possession’s cover beautiful! So romantic, just like the two sets of characters’ lives within the pages. If you haven’t read it, you “should”. I’ve read it at least twice, and each time I’m utterly charmed. Again.

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    1. There’s something about childhood books, and their illustrations, that make quite an indelible memory for me. I had to include Ernest Shepherd for that reason, and I really should have also included Garth Williams (of Charlotte’s Web and The Little House books), too.

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    1. Oh, I’m so happily envious! I have it on order at Barnes and Noble to pick up as soon as possible. Did you like it? I hear it’s short, so perhaps I can get it read this month as well, and we can talk about it.

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    1. Thanks, Terri, and I love, love, love the way you’re posting on Terri Talks Books as well as Tip of The Iceberg again. It’s hard to keep all of our passions afloat, but I love seeing you there, as well as here. xo

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