This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well-designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!
This week I’m showing off my special edition of Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal and I was lucky enough to get this copy signed that one time I met Christopher Moore. When I first read this book, I borrowed a copy from my local library – it was actually my first Christopher Moore experience. I fell in love with his writing right away and decided I needed to own his work. When I found there was a special edition of this book, I had to have it. It’s beautiful with its gilded cover and pages and ribbon bookmark – and of course it’s modeled to look like a bible. If you’re wondering, this edition was published in 2007 by William Morrow, ISBN: 9780061438592.