Welcome to the third installment of a semi-regular feature here at Watch This Space: Book on Trend, in which I bring up a book trend I’ve noticed recently.
I like to organize my bookshelves by both order of personal importance and color. This makes it really easy for me to cull books I’m less likely to read again, and also to admire those books I love. Sorting books by color also allows me to pick up on trends in cover/spine colors. One I’ve really started to notice is the use of lemon/lime-green on the spines.
A selection of books from my personal collection (and two from my boyfriend’s):
Featured here, from top to bottom:
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Pulp!)
- Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer (FSG)
- The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs (Quirk)
- Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You by Sam Gosling (Basic)*
- Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk (Anchor)
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane (FSG)
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (Amulet)
- Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman (Pantheon)
What do you think about this lime green trend? Are you a fan of the color? When I first started acquiring lime green books, they annoyed me because they’re very hard to fit on a shelf of mostly black/dark/dully colored book spines. Now that I have a few, however, I love them. They’re so much fun and I wish that more books had brightly colored jackets! I’d like to see more oranges, purples, and very bright blues (I’ve already got 2 of those: The Fault in Our Stars and Everything is Illuminated both look pretty nice next to each other).
Does anyone else also sort their shelves by color? And if so, have you noticed any trends lately?
*Disclaimer for transparency purposes: I used to work for Basic Books, but that has no influence on my inclusion of the book Snoop in this post.