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Book Spines That Make Me Swoon

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but what about its spine? For me, the overall package of a book, from the specs on the cover to the feel of the pages to the design of the book's spine, are all things that carry a lot of weight with me. Maybe that’s because I work in book publishing and words like embossing, foil and 4-color get me excited, or maybe I’m just a very visual, tactile person. Who knows? Lately, I’ve been paying a lot of attention to book spines that I find the most appealing and have started a section on my bookshelf devoted entirely to these stunning designs. Below is a list of a few of my current faves that have made the cut.

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills (or really any Emma Mills book, tbh)

Emma Mills is the residing Queen of Contemporary YA in my heart (second only to Sarah Dessen for reasons I don’t need to explain). It’s impossible to read one of her novels and not immediately fall in love with everything about it: witty-yet-realistic dialogue, endearing friendships and romances, laugh out loud moments and others that pack a mighty emotional punch. And I haven’t even talked about the book designs yet! OMG! Have you laid eyes on First & Then and This Adventure Ends? Or how about Foolish Hearts, coming this December? They are seriously some of the most beautiful, textural book designs and the spines are particularly gorgeous.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

I love this book… like LOVE IT love it. It’s such an adorable, funny, feel-good story. It reads like a rom-com and I’ve been book-talking it to every person I know since I devoured it in one sitting back in April. Seriously, if you haven’t read it yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! GO GET IT RIGHT NOW! Aside from the diverse cast of characters, adorable friend and family dynamics, sweet romances, and funny, sharp writing, another thing this book has going for it is its gorgeous packaging. The daisy image on the spine with pops of bright pink and yellow make this one of my favorite book spines ever.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

I could go on and on about my love for this book. An empowering friendship story with sweet and realistic romances, diverse characters, nerd appeal AND it is set at a con? I mean, come on. It’s just too good. The cover design for this book nailed it in my opinion with its bold and fun concept of a close-up image of bright pink hair with a white and yellow type treatment that extends to the spine. I’m clearly a sucker for bright pink and yellow color combos, but this one really stands out for me.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

This book wrecked me, but in the best possible way. We Are Okay is gorgeously written, heart-wrenching and will stick with you long after you’ve turned the final page. I had been eyeballing this title in my local bookstore for weeks before I finally picked up a copy because it is just so gorgeous. It’s impossible for your eye not to be drawn to this one whether it’s face up on a table or spine out on a shelf. It’s stunning, plain and simple.


What are some of your favorite book spines? Do you also reserve prime placement on your bookshelves for the spines you find the most swoonworthy? Share your faves with us in the comments!

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Teresa Ferraiolo

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