Books are a form of entertainment.
Book covers are a form of art.
And when you´re surprised with neat little decorative book additions then you suddenly feel like all major holidays were shoved into one moment.
I don´t know about you but I get excited when I discover these decorative additions on books. Something as simple as a shiny raised font or glitter specks on a book cover can make my day. But what makes my literary heart melt is when I spot colored page edges.
During my last book cover hunt, I discovered these colorful gems.
This 2018 published Young Adult Mystery has received praises up the ying-yang. The cover looks fun. The faded rainbow filter gives the rather mundane cover image of a girl floating in the water a nice touch. I´m sure you can´t tell but there are also finely raised glossy water droplets scattered over the image. When the lights hit the cover the whole thing looks really eye-catchy. When I picked this one up I saw the colored edge. YES, BABY! Makes me want to send the publisher a letter that says: “I saw what you did there, Hombres. Nice move.”
I´m still arguing with myself over the compatibility of all the details. Each on their own is awesome. All together though- Not so sure. This, sort of, feels like an over-kill. No doubt – A stunner at first glance. On closer inspection, it does take you a hot minute to take in the neat features. For me, the colored page edges look like they belong to a different book. Maybe this was intentional. Maybe not.
I ended up not purchasing `All These Beautiful Strangers` because the story didn´t sound like something I´d enjoy.
The book on the right side of the image is a 2019 Young Adult Romance titled `The Places I´ve Cried In Public` by author Holly Bourne. The cover art is beautiful. I love the color theme. Purple and white with a splash of mint. This one hit me in a positive way.
This feels like the whole package deal. The title is great- It sounds so dramatic. The synopsis sounds like something that´s right up my alley… I had to calm my inner cheerleader down when I saw the colored page edges. That purple! Guuurl…
This book won me over in seconds. I didn´t waste another thought and made a beeline towards the register.
Funnily enough, on my way out I spotted another book with colored page edges. This is a German Romance Fantasy time travel novel titled `TausendMalSchon` by author Marah Woolf that´s been recently published.
Although the cover is cute and pretty with all the tiny detail images and pastel colors, it´s not something I´m immediately drawn to. The colored page edges, though… Perfect! The color matches the cover and the dragonflies look adorable. This is what I call a book decoration surprise done well. I found out earlier that a good friend of mine is currently reading this gem so I´m eager to find out if she thinks the story fits the visible package.
Do I find these colored page edges necessary? Not really. But I do think they help with sales. For me, this little addition gives that last push before purchasing a book. Say you´re 70% sure about buying a book and you see something as simple as a colored page edge. That has the potential to seal the deal. We tend to take things that bring us pleasure home. “I´d like to have that on my bookshelf“. A colored page edge can most definitely get conversations going.
Do I find colored page edges eye-catchy? Absolutely. You´ll stop and look. You might even smile or think ” this looks neat.” It´s always about grabbing someone´s attention.
It´s funny how the little things in life can have such an impact on us.
From all the books featured in this post, I have purchased only one.
What are your thoughts on colored page edges? Are they a YAY or a NAY for you? What book details bring you the most joy? Drop a comment below. I´d love to chat. ❤
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this week´s I Spied With My Bookish Eye post.
Hope you have a wonderful day.