Beautiful books


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

All about the visuals

Books with illustrations, comics or graphic novels.  Whatever floats your boat really.  It’s not a secret that I love beautiful book covers, gorgeous books and fantastic illustrations.  Here are a few.

The Sandman Comics by Neil Gaiman – I’m working my way through these (slowly) and loving them.  They’re dark.  Very dark.  The graphics are awesome.


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.  I’m not going to deny that this book is emotional – in the extreme.  It’s an excellent story – but, you have to be in the right mood and it could definitely cause you floods of tears depending on where you’re at – but, have you seen the illustrations in this book.  If not.  Go and look at them.  That is all.


Lips Touch by Laini Taylor.  Now, okay, I confess I haven’t read this yet – but the cover is so gorgeous (both covers – one I want to eat and one I want to sit and look at for a long time) and then on the inside are the most gorgeous illustrations that they make me want to smile whilst being simultaneously jealous that I can’t do that!

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss.  Firstly, Patrick Rothfuss.  So, that is all.  Actually no.  This is another book, very short and from the world of Kvothe – but it’s just gorgeous.


The Hobbit graphic version by JRRTolkien – this book is effing excellent.  Yes,  it is.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  Another wonderfully illustrated book with the most gorgeous and totally distracting illustrations (I think the second illustration is from Through the Looking Glass)

Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne.  If you don’t like Winnie the Pooh, and all the gorgeous pictures – then I can’t even look at you right now!


The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis. Shut up and take my money.  Have you read this – and have you seen the illustrations?


That is it for me – only made it to nine!

26 Responses to “Beautiful books”

  1. Tammy

    I have a copy of Lips Touch and it was really good. I had forgotten it was illustrated! I must start the Sandman series, I’m not sure why I haven’t at this point! Awesome list:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – the Sandman is so well done. I really need to read Lips Touch soon.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I love the looks of the Lips Touch books and I think my library has it so I must put it on reserve. So glad to see Winnie the Pooh – he’s my fave!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh – really!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    That cover for Slow Regard of Silent Things is like my favorite cover. I considered ordering all the UK books so I could have it (and the matching ones).

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is so lovely isn’t it and I love the illustrations too.
      Lynn 😀

  4. mervih

    I’m happy that you’re enjoying Sandman! It’s one of my favorites, too.

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  6. sjhigbee

    What a lovely, lovely post:). Another of my alltime gorgeous books – the illustrated version of Peter Pan, which was a real favourite of mine when I was a girl. And there is also a FABULOUS illustrated version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Arthur Rackham – you can see some of the wonderful drawings if you go onto Google Images.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ohh, Peter Pan is an excellent choice! And A Midsummer Night’s Dream – that must be lovely!
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        They are… it’s worth taking a look:).

  7. Mari

    I absolutely LOVE looking through Lips Touch, it really is such a beautiful book.

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    You know, when I saw this topic, it didn’t even occur to me to think about the illustrations in books. What a great idea, and so much beauty to choose from 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I had to do a bit of lateral thinking because I read so few graphic novels – sneaky!
      Lynn 😀

  9. jessicabookworm

    I love the illustrations in The Hobbit, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh and the Narnian books 🙂

  10. tomwilliamhobson

    I’m working my way through ‘A Mondter Calls’ and the sentiment that it is emotional in the extreme couldn’t be kore apt. It is profoundly beautiful though in its fragility of life

    • @lynnsbooks

      And the illustrations are brilliant. Where were your thoughts on the book? Leave me a link if you posted a review.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Hannah Fearless

    I love the illustrations in Alice and Wonderland. They are so whimsical. I haven’t seen these, thank you for the share!

    • @lynnsbooks

      There are some lovely illustrated books aren’t there. I really love The Wind in the Willows too.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Babbling Bill

    love this ❤

  13. Ekaterina Tretiakova

    I’m so glad to see Slow Regard of Silent Things on your list 🙂 Everything about that book was magical, from cover to cover.

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