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
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!