Well, these books are simply stunning.

Have you ever tried to arrange your books by color? Rainbow shelves are all the rage these days and lots of fun to look at. But ordering books by color can present its own problems, as I recently discovered. Spines rarely feature one color. And what about spines with large text? Do you sort by the color of the text or the spine?

As you can probably tell, I attempted to create my own rainbow shelves. And the result?


Well, it’s not perfect, but it’s certainly prettier than it was before. This week’s post is one of several focusing on book cover colors. While I can’t promise that the spines will be red, I can promise the covers are absolutely stunning.

And before I begin, there are affiliate links after this point. So, if you see a lovely book that you decide to purchase, I will receive a small commission. (Yay, thank you!) There isn’t any cost to you at all. Plus, you’ll have one more beautiful book for your growing collection. Win-win. Without any further ado, let’s dive in.

Stunning Red Book Covers

1. Sisters Red

This cover stimulates the eyes and the mind. First, the stunning use of red and black negative space creates two opposing figures. And then there’s the wolf. This cover is bold and brilliant.

2. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

And this cover has a nostalgic appeal. (Also, I’m partial to dragons as you may have noticed.) The banners and border flourishes on this cover also add a nice touch.

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1

An oldy but goody. The bright red background with the alternating darker stripes on the spine is certainly stunning. And the 3-D effect of the note “taped” to the front is well done.

4. The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins

First of all, the font on this cover is perfectly suited to the spookiness of its subject matter. But the stark contrast between the abundance of white space and the bright red blood dripping down from the top of the cover is definitely eye-catching.

5. Through the Woods

This stunning cover makes excellent use of negative space. And the limited color palette draws the eyes straight to the title. Excellent use of red as a highlighter.

6. A Court of Thorns and Roses

The background’s vibrant hue brings the focus to the center of this book cover. And the thorny vines sprouting from the title add a nice touch.

7. Me Before You: A Novel

Another great example of how well black, white, and red work together. The font is fluid but easy to ready. And the red background really adds a visual punch.

8. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel

This cover begs so many questions. Why is the skeleton wearing an elf hat? I love the snow settled onto each letter of the title. The subtle gradient on the red background makes it feel like there’s a gentle spotlight on the title.

9. Scarlet

And here is a red-centric cover with a slightly wider color range. The red cloth’s fluid lines are striking and guide the eye from the title to the figure who is out of frame. This is a book that begs to be opened.

10. Scythe

This last cover makes great use of negative space to create the figure’s face. And the interplay between black, red, and cream creates an entirely different feel. Simply stunning.

What did you think of this list? Which covers did you love? Were there any that you disliked? Let me know in the comments below!

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