because spines are awesome, too.

Last month, literary agent Janet Reid held a title poetry contest, inspired by author Tahereh Mafi. I decided to enter, so I thought I’d share it with you, too:

(No, I didn’t win, as there were approximately 4.5 bajillion entries that were far better than mine.)

But I love a good title on a novel. Whether they’re one-word titles, super-long titles, weird titles, or rhyming titles, I think it’s safe to say that they definitely bear their own weight when it comes to capturing my attention. And as a part of the jacket artwork, a spine can definitely stick out among its fellow shelfmates (like Delirium, Wicked and One Day above).

Is there a particular spine on your book shelf that sticks out among the rest?


22 thoughts on “because spines are awesome, too.

  1. This has nothing to do with title poetry, but it is fitting with regard to spines:

    I love Brian Selznick’s spine artwork for The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonder Struck. I’m not really talking about the titles or anything like that, but I’m speaking specifically of walking by the shelves in a library and KNOWING where those books are without having to search. They are amazing. As is Selznick. I’m a huge fan.

  2. That’s so awesome! 🙂

    I have to say that Erin Morgenstern’s The Noght Circus is hands down one of the prettiest and most eye-catching spines on my shelf.

    • No embarrassment necessary. The Twilight series definitely established itself as simple and symbolic, and stands out as pretty iconic in YA cover art, IMO.

    • Do it! It’s so much fun. I sat for about an hour surrounded by books, with one piece of paper, a pencil, and a LOT of eraser shavings all over the place. 😉

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