Top Ten Books with Stunning Typography!

Posted September 28, 2022 by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction in Let's Discuss, Top Ten Tuesday / 19 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
It’s been a while since I participated in a TTT, but this week I thought I’d jump in (a day late, I know).
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is

Top Ten Books with Stunning Typography

I chose five books I’ve read with covers that are pretty much all about the typography, and five where the incredible typography enhances an already cool image.

You can click on any of these titles to be taken to my review (in most cases – or Goodreads for the three I haven’t reviewed yet). You’ll also get to see an even bigger image of the cover! (I’ve credited the cover artists/designers if I could find them!)

1. Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin

Cover by Erin Fitzsimmons

This book definitely has a watermelon theme to it, but the cover is dominated by the title. This is a great cover for this heartwarming book about a girl dealing with her mother’s mental illness.

2. More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

This stylized title lets you know that a lot of the storyline will hinge on digital communication. (It makes the book a little more light and fluffy than it reads, though.)

3. The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith

Cover by Faceout Studio

This cover is essentially title-only, but it evokes a very witchy vibe just because of the typography and a circle of stars!

4. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

This is one of my favorite title-only covers. I just love the font and the hint of celestialism. Plus, the book is utterly captivating!

5. The Woods Are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins

Design by Anna Booth

You can tell at just a glance that this book is going to be creepy!

6. We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen

Cover designed by Elita Sidiropoulou, with art direction from Gigi Lau

This book could almost seem like it’s all about the typography at first glance, but the sideways cityscape and the silhouette of two people hanging onto the title steal the show!

7. The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
Cover design by Aurora Parlagreco, cover art by Sasha Vinogradova

The actual title of this book is practically non-existent, but I LOVE how the series name YORK is spelled out in scaffolding! This really gives you the futuristic city feel of the book!

8. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Cover art by Chris Sickels

I love how the title of this book winds in with the image, becoming part of it. This story is utterly wonderful and adorable, and I highly recommend it!

9. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Cover art by Lorena Alvarez Gómez, book design by Christopher Stengel

This is one where I love the entire cover (the adorable kids make me want to give them a giant hug), but the colors and whimsical font of the title are a main feature!

10. The Stars of Whistling Ridge by Cindy Baldwin

Illustration by Julie McLaughlin, with cover design by Cat San Juan and Erin Fitzsimmons

I just now realized that I used two Cindy Baldwin books for this list. Guess her typogropher should get a bonus! In this book, I would argue that the typography is so utterly gorgeous that it’s equally as important as the haunting silhouette figure in the background!

What covers with fabulous typography do you love? I wanna know!



19 responses to “Top Ten Books with Stunning Typography!

  1. I see that you’re a middle grade writer. I just finished maybe the first middle grade book I’ve read and absolutely loved it. I read When You Trap a Tiger and my review is going up next week. I recently read and enjoyed Here and Now and Then by Chen – the cover on this one is intriguing so I’ll check it out. Great list and thanks for visiting me.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  2. These are so fun! I love the way York looks–I still need to read that at some point.

    But The Woods Are Always Watching and Where the Watermelons Grow are so cool, too. You chose a lot of great ones for this week’s prompt! 🙂

  3. I love this topic! Good typography can really make a difference on a cover. There are some covers I love for their artwork, but I do think to myself that it’s a bummer the title is in a plain font and really not even thought out where to put it, just plopped on. But like you shared here, even a title only cover can be gorgeous and convey vibes if it’s done well. These are beautiful! The York one has always been especially cool to me, though, yeah, I didn’t realize that wasn’t the title lol.

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