We all know books aren’t just for reading, they can also be for showing off. So, check out this list with 5 of the best covers around.
Does that copy of Fifty Shades of Grey embarrass you? Are you carrying a super boring-looking book around? You and I both know it’s not enough to just read or hold a book while you ride the subway. You actually have to judge a book by its cover because the book itself has to look like it was tailored specifically to fit your fabulous (or rugged and manly) tastes. Here are the best covers to show off on the subway or pretty much anywhere.
The Teeth Of The Comb & other Stories by Osama Alomar
Just take a look at this 1970s font. It’s so hot right now. On top of that, you’ll get an eccentric compilation of mini-stories written by Syrian author Osama Alomar. Most of them are so short they’re only one paragraph long, and many consist of a single phrase. Both allegorical and didactic, these brief stories are carried out by either strange humans or by anthropomorphic animals, natural elements, and human creations. Unlike traditional fables, many of these stories contain dark secrets, difficult to identify, which provoke a sense of strangeness in the reader.
Melville’s Beard by Mark Haber
This is part of a bilingual collection by Argonáutica, a series of books with an elegant P on their covers. Check out Mark Haber’s Melville’s Beard, a short story collection made up of several stories with absurd plots that vary in structure and tone. These are obscure, totally weird, and sometimes disturbing.
Socialist Realism by Trisha Low
Trisha Low combines memory, speculation, self-criticism, and art criticism when she decides to move West in order to find “somewhere better,” whatever that may mean. In this book-length essay, the problem of how to account for one’s life comes to the fore.
That front cover, though…
The Frolic of the Beasts by Yukio Mishima
With an original design by John Gall, you’ll be on center stage in the subway.This is a story set after World War II about a love triangle involving a pompous literary critic called Ippei, his distant wife Yuko, and Koji, his young student and employee. Koji is imprisoned, but when he’s released, all hell breaks loose.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Signature edition of Romeo and Juliet in your life and you need it now. Also, check out their editions of Macbeth, Much Ado about Nothing and Hamlet.This beautiful rendition of Shakespeare’s tragic love story is a must. You know the story: two teenagers meet and fall in love, knowing fully well their families hate each other and will be furious when they find out. So, they decide to marry in secret, but then things go south fast. Long story short, they kill themselves. Anyway, you need this
Use your time wisely and take one of these books on the subway, so all eyes are on you and your book. Which one are you carrying right now? Is it pretty or is it boring? Nothing like a book to make you look interesting while riding the subway. Haters gonna hate you ‘cause they ain’t you.
Cover picture @bluestockingbookshelf
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