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10 Stunning Red Book Covers

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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10 Gorgeous Book Covers

These gorgeous book covers are a feast for the eyes.

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On Pinterest, I get a lot of engagement from my Cool Book Covers board. And is it any wonder? With so many gorgeous book covers out there and eye-popping designs, some novels simply pin themselves. But I didn’t want to leave my blog audience out of the fun. Instead, I’m creating a weekly book cover list that you, too, can ogle to your heart’s content.

Full disclosure: 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. There isn’t any hidden cost to you, and you get one more beautiful book for your collection. Win-win, right? Great. Let’s dive in.

Gorgeous Book Covers

1. Replica

This cover features bright, bold colors. The front and back covers contrast each other (more on that later). Also, the typography is clear, clean, and has some shadow to create a sense of depth. Now, this book is designed unusually internally, as well. It can be read forwards or flipped backward and upside down. Rather than a true front and back cover, this book has two front covers focusing on the stories of two different characters. Creative, right?

2. Finding Audrey

The contrast between the blues in the alternating stripes and the vibrant yellow creates a beautiful clarity in this lovely book cover. It also uses negative space in a clever way so it is unclear where the figure begins or ends.

3. We Are All Made of Molecules

This book’s typography is fascinating. Made to look like a typewriter font, the edges are blurred as if the ink has bled over onto the page. Also, all the letters are lowercased, preparing the mind to think small. The mass of colorful circles almost look like cells under a microscope, and some have been playfully turned into faces.

4. It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Though a mere outline, the figure on this book is a stark contrast from the plain background. Within the confines of the figure, there is what appears to be a colorful city map. The hand-drawn style font of the title is squeezed in perfectly. So, this is definitely a gorgeous book cover.

5. Dumplin’

This is a fabulously minimalist book cover. The font is clean and simple. (Serifs need not apply.) And the central figure instantly draws the eye.

6. Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Look at those lush, watercolor-inspired strokes. And watch how the title subtlely changes colors. Even the not-so-caged bird seems ready to fly off the page.

7. Wishtree

This gorgeous book cover features a backlit tree, adding a suffused glow. And the touches of red ribbon against the blue-green of the leaves add visual interest.

8. Made You Up

Next, this grungy and gorgeous book cover caught my eye. The blues simply wash down the page interspersed with shadows and specks of light. Also, the figure stands out with the bright red lips and hair.

9. Autoboyography

And I absolutely love this cover. Probably because there’s a book inside of a book. (Maybe Inception is one of my all-time favorite movies. And I’m getting off track.) Therefore, this book cover is awesome. And I especially appreciate the shooting star that underlines the title. Well played.

10. They Both Die at the End

Well, what can I say? I love blue. And this gorgeous book cover really drew my attention. Maybe because it features a lovely cityscape. But it’s most likely because the grim reaper is hiding in the shadows. Did you see it before I pointed it out to you?

Which covers did you like? Are there any in this list you didn’t care for? Let me know in the comments below.