Thanks to the popularity of my floral album covers post, I’ve decided to put together a post dedicated to floral book covers. This is my homage to the literary world and the designers who use flowers as their inspiration. Some of these covers are special editions, some are originals, but all are really striking in their use of flowers.
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
This spring version of the cover of The Keeper of Lost Things is super fresh with its zingy yellow background and pink blooms. Its original blue background is pretty too, as is the cover on Ruth’s newest book, The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes. Which one is your fave?
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
If you like YA, then you might have read Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything – or seen the film. The cover of the book features illustrated plants and flowers, smartly intertwined with other objects such as a plane, buildings and a pair of headphones.
The colours used on this cover are really vibrant, and I like how the two ‘everything’s contrast with each other.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn
One for the lovers of classics! This very old story tells the tale of a character who sleeps with another man whilst her husband is away at sea, but won’t reveal who it is when the townspeople find out. The scarlet flower on this cover could allude to a certain area on a woman (!), referencing the theme of love and lust in this book – but hey, I’m no expert! What do you think it means?
We are all Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Okay, it may not have ‘flowers’ on the cover, but Karen Joy Fowler’s We are all Completely Beside Ourselves caught many peoples eye on the bookshelves, as it became an international bestseller!
The black silhouette of the tree sits against the sunny yellow background. It’s very visual and would definitely make me reach for the book to check out the blurb!
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
Matt Haig’s bestseller features a Beauty and the Beast-esque single red rose in a glass container. Romantic, poignant and highly impractical – but very pretty.
Although the rose isn’t a big symbol in the book, it’s still relevant to the subject. The story surrounds the life of a man who ages far slower than a normal human. So the petals falling from the rose could represent time slowly slipping away. Neat, huh?
What are your favourite floral book covers? Let me know in the comments section, or reply to my tweet here. Also, tell me what kind of ‘top 5’ post I should do next!