Top Ten Tuesday #37

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Books with Beautiful Typography

I’m doing last week’s prompt this week. I was sad when I didn’t have the time to look for my favorite typographically pleasing covers. Since I only have three bookshops on my bucket list (which I’ll still share), I’ve decided to pivot yet again.

First things first, every bookshop I want to visit is in the US because I’ve never really looked into bookshops around the world. In fact, I haven’t really looked into bookshops, period. I just know these three because of authors or friends. The three bookshops I’d love to visit someday are:

  1. Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon: I’ve had several friends visit this amazing independent bookstore and I’d like to check it out someday too.
  2. Changing Hands in Phoenix, Arizona: This is Stephenie Meyer’s home independent bookstore. They sometimes have signed books on hand. I’d love to visit and just maybe run into Meyer. LOL.
  3. Nowhere Bookshop in San Antonio, Texas: This bookstore is owned and run by the fabulous Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess). I adore her so much and I’d love to meet her and support her literacy efforts.

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, here are my top ten books with beautiful typography:

I decided to go with books only on my TBR rather than ones I’ve already read. Each of these covers draw me right in. For some it’s the typography alone and others it’s how the typography and artwork mesh together.

I also still want to share two books I’ve already read. THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN is one of my all time favorite covers. Even though I hate that the publisher changed the covers for THE DIVINERS and its sequels, I do love the typography on this cover a lot:

I could add so many more lovely covers to this post, but I’ll stop here.

I also wanted to say I’m sorry I didn’t return comments from last week. It was a hard week, both emotionally and physically. I figure I’m allowed one week of no blog hopping and commenting. Thanks to all who did comment last week! I’ll definitely be blog hopping today and tomorrow.

What about you? Which books or bookshops made your list this week? Do we have any in common?

About Jenni Elyse


Hi, I'm Jenni. I’m an eclectic reader. I mostly read fiction and I favor fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, and romance. The more kissing in a book the better!
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  1. Dini @ dinipandareads
    Dini @ dinipandareads says:

    I love that you’ve combined the two topics! I hope to one day go to Powell’s bookstore 🙂 You’ve picked books with gorgeous typographic covers! I especially love the covers for Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove, Monsters We Defy, and Gild. Great list!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Dini! 😀 Powell’s Books looks amazing, doesn’t it? I think part of the allure is its location. I love Portland area. Monsters We Defy is my favorite. I love all the subtleties in the typography.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Emily! 😀 I think researching a prompt is a great way to go. I’m sure I could find a lot of bookshops I’d love to frequent. I know there are libraries I’d love to go to.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Right?! I only found out through her Instagram account. She’s helping provide Texas schools with banned books as Texas is one of the main culprits in book banning this year. I love her so much! 😀

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I’ve only read THE DIVINERS. I need to continue on with the series. The cover change only affects me because I bought a first-edition of THE DIVINERS and now my covers won’t match when I add the others to my library. 🙁 #readerproblems #firstworldproblems

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  2. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    No pressure to comment! (at least from my end) Those are dramatic, colorful and artistic covers! As many times as I’ve been to Portland, I’ve never been to Powells. It was usually for my younger daughter’s gymnastics meets so there was little time. I would like to go back to The Strand in New York City. That was an incredible place.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Margaret! 😀 I really love commenting on other blogs, especially yours. Sometimes, I just can’t get to it and it’s nice people are so forgiving. I need to look up The Strand. I haven’t heard of it.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I’m glad to hear you think Powell’s is worth a visit. 😀 I have several friends who’ve been there and loved it as well. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a book lover not loving it. I really love GILD too. I love how the lettering is part of the crown. Oops. I mean cage…

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Lindsey! 😀 I’m glad you love my list. I know how much you enjoy typography. I think GILD is so cool how the lettering almost looks like it’s part of the cage.

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  3. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    These are all beautiful books. My favorite is These Hollow Vows!
    I think I’m going to try and check out one of your bookstore recommendations. I’ll be down in Phoenix later this month and I’m going to try and check out Changing Hands bookstore.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I really like THESE HOLLOW VOWS too, Wendy! 😀 I love the font and how the sword or dagger intertwines with the S.

      I hope you enjoy going to Changing Hands. A couple of my friends have been there and really loved the store.

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  4. Meezan
    Meezan says:

    Wow, those book covers are stunning! I am intrigued by “Loki” because of Thor, the Avenger. 😀 As far as commenting goes, you are allowed all the time you need even if it’s more than one week. Don’t be too hard on yourself. 🙂

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  5. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)
    Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books) says:

    I’m so sorry you had a tough week. I hope things are looking up and you’re feeling better now. If not, hang in there and know I’m sending you lots of virtual hugs 🙂

    You should definitely come visit Changing Hands! It’s a great bookstore (there are two now, but I like the original location best). Suey and I met up there one time, years ago. It was really fun.

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Susan! 😀 I really appreciate that! If I do ever get to Changing Hands or Phoenix, I’ll make sure I let you know so we can maybe meet up as well.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Nicole! 😀 It would be a lot of fun to visit Lawson’s shop, wouldn’t it? I’d love to thank her for a lot of her advice and sharing regarding mental health.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      That’s awesome that your friend loves GILD so much. That gives me hope that I’ll like it too. 😀 And, I totally agree with your assessment of the cover.

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  6. Jessica @ a GREAT read
    Jessica @ a GREAT read says:

    I’d like to see Powell’s one day too! I know another author of mine who I think was local to Changing Hands as well…but he recently moved to Canada! So yeah, won’t run into him anytime soon! Lol.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

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  7. Marianne @ Let's Read
    Marianne @ Let's Read says:

    You found some interesting fonts there, Jenni. The Monsters We Defy and The Hollow Vows are almost paintings by themselves.

    Thanks for visiting my My TTT this week which is on books about bookshops.

    My TTT on Typographic Book Covers.

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