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10 Stunning Red Book Covers

Well, these books are simply stunning.

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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?

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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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Dragon Book Worth Reading

Great read for any dragon lover.

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Let’s face it, dragons are awesome. Take any ho-hum story, stick a dragon in it and BOOM! Magic happens. This week’s read isn’t boring by any standard. In fact, I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. Right now, you might be asking:

Why didn’t you think you would like it?

Well, I’m so glad you asked! You know how some books do this meta thing where a character is reading a book? I have no idea why, but reading about characters who are reading has always annoyed me. (Even though I’ve also written characters who were reading. Hey, I didn’t say my opinions made any sense.) So, when the first and second chapters featured excerpts from a book one of the characters was reading, I got a little nervous. Was this entire novel going to be one giant case of Inception?

Thankfully, the answer is no. (I love Inception, by the way. Have I mentioned I’m weird?)

Okay. So now you might be asking:

What book are you even talking about?

Great question! This is where I pump the brakes and inform you there will be affiliate links up ahead. And I earn a commission (at no cost to you) from those links when you buy something. All clear? Sweet. Buckle up because this is going to be a fun ride.

Jake & the Dragons of Asheville, by Brian Kacica, is a magical tale that takes place in a small town in North Carolina. When met with tragic circumstances beyond his control, Jake Winston, the titular character, embarks on a journey to discover more about his family and his town’s history. But he’s still in school. Also, dragons may or may not be involved. Did I mention that there might be a dragon or two? Perhaps it slipped my mind.

Several other people who’ve read and reviewed this book have mentioned that some of the characters lack depth. This is absolutely true. The bully is stereotypical (strong and unintelligent). The weak love triangle features a vapid, hormone-addled teenage girl. There’s a wealthy man who only cares about his business and the main villain has exaggerated anger issues. However, I found these characters immensely humorous (or irritating depending on the situation). And, in my opinion, these characters are part of what made the book so enjoyable.

Most of all, this book really shines during the action scenes. The pacing is spot on, the action is intense. I would 100% watch this as a television show or movie. But don’t take my word for it. Get a copy and decide for yourself.

Dragon Book Recommendation

Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars


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YA Fantasy Book Recommendation

A kingdom divided, magic-wielding monks, and a whole lot of dragons.

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Dragon God, by Ava Richardson, is a magical journey reminiscent of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern. The story opens with Neill Torvald, the illegitimate son of a powerful warlord. Neill has been sent to a monastery of the Draconis Order as a student and a spy. Can he discover the source of the monks’ magical power, and do they really control dragons?

His peers at the monastery come from across the three kingdoms. One of his fellow students, Char, is the illegitimate daughter of a prince. She introduces him to Paxala, a dragon she’s secretly raised outside the monastery walls.

But when Niell’s brothers grow impatient and attack the monastery in a bid to seize power, he will have to decide where his loyalties lie: with his warlord father’s domain, or the new friends he has made in the wider world.

~Excerpt from the official Amazon blurb

If you love magic and a good dragon book, this is the novel for you.

Content Warning Note: The world of the book contains a race which is named after a racial slur for the Romani peoples and also contains negative stereotypes. Neill’s mother belonged to this race, and he endures a great deal of racism from teachers, peers, and half-siblings alike. For more information on why Roma and Romani are more appropriate terms than the widely used “g*psy” word, please read here.

More by Ava Richardson

Website: Ava Richardson Books

Goodreads: 17 books

Facebook: Ava Richardson Books

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed this post! Is there a particular book or genre you think I should review? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time I’m…

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Photograph of Ditrie Marie BowieDitrie Marie Bowie (née Sanchez) is a Puerto Rican in British Columbia, Canada who writes fiction. She is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and co-editor of Strange Stories to Tell in the Park. Bowie is also the creator of the webcomic, This Writer Can’t Draw. A classically trained pianist and former educator, she has lived in three different countries spanning two continents. And she met her spouse in a video game.


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Comic. Panel one. Woman and man sitting on a sofa with smart phones. Woman asks, Are you reading a new book? Man replies, Trying to. Panel two. Woman asks, Who's it by? What genre is it? Panel three. Man appears annoyed. Woman asks, Is it any good? Where'd you hear about it? Have you read anything else by that author? Panel four. Man still appears irritated. Woman watches him in silence. Panel 5. Woman says, So, now's NOT the best time for research questions. Man appears less irritated. Man says, Yeah, not so much. End of comic.
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Photograph of Ditrie Marie BowieDitrie Marie Bowie (née Sanchez) is a Puerto Rican in British Columbia, Canada who writes fiction. She is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and co-editor of Strange Stories to Tell in the Park. Bowie is also the creator of the webcomic, This Writer Can’t Draw. A classically trained pianist and former educator, she has lived in three different countries spanning two continents. And she met her spouse in a video game.


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