Thursday, 30 July 2015

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others...

One of the best things about starting this blog has been connecting with fellow book lovers. I never realised how big the online book community was! And in my travels around fellow book bloggers sites, I've been treated to pictures of some truly epic bookshelves.

Truth time. My bookshelves are a mess. Like, I'm too embarrassed to post a picture of them mess. And the less said about my random heap of books that I don't have shelf space for the better! So, with a day off work and some industrial strength cleaning products, I set about putting that right. Which brings me to the point of my rambling;  cover art.

One of these things is not like the others...
I have a couple of series' where I've bought a book second hand or started a trilogy abroad and picked it up when I got home (or in the case of the photo above, bought each book in a different country, luckily New Zealand imports from the UK it seems!). The result is this;

And I literally only just realised that one of them is a different size too!
Given that even having book series' together on a shelf is something of a novelty for me, I'm not losing sleep over this, but it did get me thinking about some of the prettier bookshelves I've seen. How important is matching cover art in a series to you guys? Would you make a special effort to get matching covers? Maybe even buy new books if the artwork changed part way through a series? I can't help but think that a few mismatched trilogies would ruin the works of art that are some of the shelves I've seen.


  1. I HATE HATE HATE it if my covers don't match. It really bugs me so much that I will giveaway/sell the odd book and buy myself aanother one, that actually matches! Lots of publishers keep changing the covers part way through a trilogy/series at the moment and it's so annoying for people like me who are obsessed with having matching covers! I also hate it when books have the same covers but are different heights. Is it so hard to make all of the books that same tallness?! This is one of the things that bugs me the most about buying books!

    1. I know what you mean. Matching covers look so good on a bookshelf, especially if the artwork is good. I never understand why publishers change themes part way through a series, and a trilogy is even worse!