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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Book covers

The baby was kicking, so I woke up super early this morning and spent a random hour looking through book covers online. So many hilarious and clever designs out there!

P.S. More + amazing + covers.

74 comments:

Pretty Little World said...

I like the milk bottle cover, but I must say that Little Children is one of my favorite books!! I adore Tom Perrotta.

Joanna Goddard said...

oooh i've never read it. now i really want to!!

Je Ne Sais Quoi said...

Little Children is amazing, you have to read it Joanna!

Pretty Little World said...

I think you'd like it very much! "The Abstinence Teacher" was also quite good.

Meredith said...

Love the Penguin Book cover! Sneaky.

Joanna Goddard said...

ha, that was my favorite one, too, meredith :)

Jennifer said...

I'm going to agree on that one - Little Children is by far one of my favorite books.

These book covers are lovely. I've always wanted to get poster size prints of my favorite novels...

Lindsey said...

Oh that milk cover is fabulous!
Love the type.

Melanie's Randomness said...

I totally judge a book by its cover! These I'd totally read! hehe. Awww to your baby!

ColeAndJosephine said...

I really like how literal the covers are, in an metaphorical sort of way. The inappropriate cover cracked me up, and I love the font on the milk cover. Book cover art is what always sells me on a book. Sometimes I end up with some really bad ones just because I can't resist a pretty face!

maggie said...

LOL to the inappropriate cover.

The Zhush said...

I second the Little Children as fave and great, (albeit demented and sad read).

Jane said...

Joanna, my boyfriend looked over my shoulder to see me swooning at the Penguin-Book postcard set you posted a couple of weeks ago, and he ordered it and surprised me with it yesterday! That just proves that he's the sweetest ever, and that we all have great taste! :)

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Joanna Goddard said...

yay, that's so cute, jane! :)

SogniSorrisi said...

Love a beautiful book cover.

passport in my pocket said...

the milk cover is gorgeous!

Who's that Gamine? said...

huh? baby??? where the hell have i been?!


congratulations, lovey!!

don't show me books...now i have to run to the bookstore. :) hug the belly for me!

love
mg

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LINDSAY said...

Something hanging out of that man's pants next to that giant squash is just wrong. :) I'm so immature.

Nicole Marie said...

that milk one is my favorite! love the script!

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Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Gorgeous! I confess, I'm an avid reader, but I DEFINITELY judge a book by it's cover! These are lovely!!

Rachel M Wolfe said...

These make me want to consider a career in book cover design!

Ashley Lynn Fry said...

Oh I too love book covers! I kind of treat them like wine labels sometimes... if it looks cool or is a really smart design I'll buy it just cuz I like it! LOL

xoxo

Deanna said...

These make me so happy that I have my heart set on publishing when I grow up. Thank you so much.

Deanna
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Laura Trevey said...

I love the shell one :) Who doesn't love sea shells?


xoxo Laura

Stephanie said...

I'm a sucker for old leather-bound books. The covers aren't necessarily as interesting as the ones you posted, but they look so classy and elegant, and they always smell sooooo good. :-)

Indie Mom and the Reluctant Banker said...

The inappropriate cover makes me giggle.

April said...

Now that I'm working at a book publisher, I am SURROUNDED by awesome book covers at all times. My favorite in the last day def was Lobel's Meat Bible which is absolutely for meat lovers only :)

jjparks said...

haha omg that "how to be inappropriate" one is hysterical! I might have to read that...

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haha omg that "how to be inappropriate" one is hysterical! I might have to read that...

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My Owl Barn said...

Milk cover is lovely!

Good Girls Studio said...

Hahaha...love the spooning squashes :)

Deanna said...

Cool, my husband is a professor at the same University as Dan Nester.

Cassimus T. said...

I am reading "the gastronomy of marriage" it is the best book i have read in a LONG time! I really reaely want that book cover printed and framed in my apartment ...:)

TERI REES WANG said...

Talk about "Smart Art"...

The mad woman behind the blog said...

What a beautiful composition. Thanks for sharing.

When I was awakened by my baby's kicking, I would go sit in a rocker and sing lullabies. Probably more for me than her.

Peace, Amy

Carissa said...

haha, that "how to be inappropriate" one made me lol :)

m said...

The Milk book cover is my favorite! So pretty. :]

BARGAIN BEX said...

what a great thing to look at in the wee hours of a morning ... makes me think that if (no, WHEN) I write my first novel that i'll have to make its cover look as clever and lovely as these ...

thanks for my daily dose of inspiration, again!

lavieboston said...

I've been meaning to read Little Children for a while now. I really enjoyed the movie (though I tend to love anything with Ms. Winslet in it). I love these vibrant covers!

stephanie said...

the cover for "how to be inappropriate" is hilarious! thanks for sharing.

hope you are feeling okay :) i'm so excited for you with the baby on the way!

abby said...

i love these. i do buy books on its cover from time to time. i'm always trying to come up w a good way to show them off.

J said...

I miss that feeling-baby kicking.
Isn't it just the best?!
Soo happy for you! :)

Laughter-Loving Stacy said...

I LOVE Anthony Doerr! His book 'Five Seasons In Rome' is hilarious and beautiful! It's about him and his wife moving with two newborn twins! It would be extra funny for you to read! :)

the wells said...

I'm so happy for you & your baby kicking!

Besides that, those book covers are so great!

xoxo

iheartkiwi said...

i am totally picking up the gastronomy of marriage! if the cover is any indications of what's inside then i can't wait!

p.s. my inner third grader thinks the how to be inappropriate cover is hilarious.

my spatula said...

LOVE a good book cover. the milk, the goldfish, the squash...all brilliant!!

Hip Hip Gin Gin said...

I've totally bought books because I loved the cover art. It usually turns out ok, I haven't regretted a purchase yet. So maybe you can judge a book by its cover?
These are all really great!

inoakpark said...

When I was in college I co-owned a co-op textbook store. Someone tried to sell us back the book Milk (we weren't buying it back) and it ended up in the donation box. I totally snagged it due to the amazing cover. The book itself wasn't as interesting though!

Melina said...

That book cover on the bottom left, How To Be Inappropriate, reminds me of The Office episode 'Sexual Harassment'! Phyllis got flashed and Michael walked around the office with his finger out of his pants just like this cover haha!

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Joanna said...

I could stare at book covers all day. It's true, I totally judge a book by its cover. I love closing a book, and turning it over to marvel at the beautiful cover. One of the reasons why I will never use a kindle!

I splurged on those vintage Penguin postcards and they just arrived in the mail today. Yippeee! I think I'll frame a few and hang them up in my bedroom. I heart books!

sunkentreasure said...

Oh I love these covers! fun!

SimplyTara said...

I think that is my boyfriend on the "how to be inappropriate" cover..

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Elisa, Croatia said...

I'm not familiar with these books. thanks for sharing.


Saludos,
A Mexican chica living in Europe

urban flea said...

i definitely think book covers have some of the most intiguing design features out there, thanks so much for sharing these! i think i like the bananas best...

xo urban flea :)
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cardboardcities said...

i love going into bookshops just to look at covers! but it's especially good when you stumble across things online

battlingthedinosaurs said...

my favorite covers are the shell collector and the gastronomy of marriage

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