Today’s Bookending Winter prompt is “Decorate Your Christmas Tree: Take photographs and show off the prettiest books you own.” Honestly, if I had a massive Christmas tree and someone would invent a way to hang books in it without damaging them that would be absolutely perfect. For the moment, though, I have gone for more of a cosy-reading-nook kind of approach.

Here are the 10 prettiest books I own (in no particular order). Small warning: I’m going to ask you which one you like best at the end of this post.

You may not be able to tell from this picture, but the turquoise trees, birds and text are made from a shimmery foil which makes the cover super pretty. I also love this colour combination.

I love the combination of the red & green flowers with the golden bird and the typography of the title inside it. I think this is also the most Christmassy-looking book I own.

Two books by Elif Shafak, and honestly, I could probably have featured all of them: they are so pretty! I really loved The Bastard Of Istanbul but was less impressed by Honour, mainly because the ‘big climax’ was a clichΓ© that I saw coming from a mile away. Apart from that it was interesting enough.

I love this detailing, the botanical style flowers and the way the serpent snakes across the cover but you don’t see its head or tail, in the same way that the serpent in the book is only seen in part and/or from afar. It gives it an air of mystery.

I think the red & white bands on this cover are a great fit for its title with the “… and … and … and …”. I also really recommend this book, by the way. It tells the story of a woman who notices that she is getting dementia and decides to walk from one side of Canada to the other. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read.

I really like these weird floating fruits. It reminds me a bit of the style of Frida Kahlo.

This book is a 4,5 cm brick that I bought solely for its beautiful cover. The swirly waves travel all along the spine and back as well. It turned out to be a beautiful story about a small village in Denmark, so that’s a plus :).

So many roses & circle shapes. For me, this is quite a minimal cover design, but I find it extremely elegant. I was gifted this book many many years ago and have read some of the stories but not all of them. I’m more of a novel reader, I think.

And lastly, of course, The Starless Sea. Bookstagram is absolutely full of pictures of this book and I have to admit that it’s gorgeous. I’m a bit sad that this is only the dust jacket though, the cover under it is plain back cloth.

So, what can we conclude from this list? I like bold, colourful covers with a gold and/or shimmery detail here and there. More = more is my aesthetic! What kind of covers do you like?

What do you think?

That’s it for today folks, thanks for reading. Tomorrow I will upload my third & last Bookend prompt, so keep an eye out for that. If you write a post on this prompt, be sure to leave a link below :).


Today’s prompt was ‘Decorate Your Christmas Tree’ by yours truly as part of the Bookending Winter 2019 Event. This event is hosted by Clo @ Cuppa Clo and Sam @ Fictionally Sam. It runs for all of December and is open to all book bloggers. Find out more by clicking here.

18 thoughts on “The 10 Prettiest Books I Own | BE Winter Day 17

    1. Yes! I am not that into hardcovers personally, but I definitely empathize with the feeling of wanting to re-buy books/ buy books you won’t read because they look sooo pretty!

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  1. The whole look of the starless sea’s dust jacket is just so pretty, I’m super curious what the paperback edition will look like though. I just love the gold and blues honestly ❀

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