Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s topic was originally “Bookish merchandise I’d love to own” but since I don’t care as much for cute knickknacks, I’ve decided to focus solely on special edition books I’ve seen before and wished to have had the chance to open. You know these things get you because they’re exclusive and super limited in stock.
Disclaimer: I will be advertising a number of different businesses in my following list but I am not affiliated with any of them or receiving any compensation for such advertisement. I’m purely putting them out there because I love the work they’ve done!
OwlCrate: White Once Upon a Broken Heart cover
I love the pink exclusive edition from Barnes & Noble/Indigo which I have (and even the original black cover), but there’s something very pleasing about this white version too. But I have a weird thing about buying the same book twice (spacing issues, you know?) so obviously I had to just pick one.
Juniper Books: Chronicles of Narnia box set with continuous spines
A good classic series is always great to have on hand, but make it a special box set that fits all the spines together? It’s an instant must-have! It’d be perfect for just displaying on the shelves for that proper book shelfie for IG, you know?
FairyLoot: Six Crimson Cranes the UK version (but make it prettier)
I previously didn’t think edges of books mattered all that much. I mean, the saying goes about not judging a book by its cover, right? Nothing about the one side of a book that’s not usually visible. It’s even less visible than spines on a shelf! Yet here I am salivating over the beauty that is this UK cover with altered colours and beautiful edges stenciled with cranes.
OwlCrate: naked Kingdom of Cards duology hardcovers
I’m personally a fan of hardcovers with jackets. Is that an unpopular opinion? I’m super curious. I feel the plain cover underneath the jacket can easily be ingrained with unwanted oils from fingers or what not and be permanently absorbed. Yet this wonderful naked hardcovers with foil designs for this duology is soooo beautiful. I was so tempted I almost bought book #2 for myself but alas, I don’t have book 1 in this edition so it’d be incomplete.
FairyLoot: Kingdom of the Cursed but creepier
I mean, the original cover is pretty darn amazing itself – I even had a poll going for which cover was cooler on my bookstagram – but there’s something about this special edition purple that just fits with its atmosphere. Plus look at those sprayed and intricately stenciled edges! They’re breathtaking. How does one ever just choose one cover??
Anna and the French Kiss classic collector’s edition
Did anyone dislike the original cover of Anna and the French Kiss? Or even the cover that later came out to match the rest of the trilogy? I was not a fan of the first, but the second was okay. I like my more abstract covers without human models. So this beautiful cover that just SCREAMS classic with a French twist has me swooning. Plus, also blue edges!
FairyLoot: The Iron Fey series box set in ALL the colours
I adored this series since it came out, particularly the original trilogy (+1 with my favourite character Ash’s wonderful journey/POV book). I love it when they get an updated look together although I’m still quite fond of the original covers regardless that they feature human models. They kept the same dominating colours on each cover and for that little nod to the original, I’m even more grateful. But now the edges feature that same colour too, with additional artwork under the jacket.
OwlCrate: Book of Night in monochromatic feels
There’s just something about a monochromatic cover that also matches the dark sprayed edges. Book of Night is a dark academia book and this stunning delivery just plays that all up so gloriously! Look at that gorgeous embossed foil design! Ah I was so on the fence about purchasing it for myself but shipping costs suck.
FairyLoot: Daughter of the Pirate King duology with continuous sprayed edges
Do I need to say much more about this one? LOOK at this sprayed edges? If you thought continuous spines were cool (which I very much do), how much more are continuous edges which take perhaps even more work and craftsmanship? This is the only one that’s not even out yet but I’m soooo on the fence about purchasing. Conversion rates and shipping agh!
Kathy’s Sprayed Edges (IG: @kathys_sprayed_edges): literally anything she does
I had the pleasure of winning a giveaway Kathy hosted for her Etsy store where she customizes books by spraying edges the way people request. The hardest ones are those that match the covers like they extend onto the edges of the page. I actually got The Other Side of the Sky done as shown in the picture. She does incredible work so please check out the different spraying and stenciling she offers.
Those are the wonderful special book editions I would love to own! Do you have any favourites among these?