Fantasy books that look good on the shelf

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Posted on April 20, 2020

Thomas Jefferson once wrote to his friend John Adams, “I cannot live without books.” Books were obviously important to Jefferson because of their contents.  Yet, there is another important, secondary role books play in our homes, and that is the role of “looking good.”

Though you can’t judge a book’s contents by its cover, you can judge a book’s beauty by its cover.  And fantasy novels lead the pack as some of the best looking books to find residence on your living room library’s shelves. 

Even if you don’t get immersed in the contents of books (which you should) at least purchase books that look the part, especially if you intend to feature them on public-facing shelves.  Face it, some people buy books just to look smart.

Here are 3 fantasy book collections that look great on shelves.

The Juniper Books Harry Potter Set

From the moment J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter, her books have infiltrated every community and found permanent residence in every library.  Most people bought her books one-at-a-time upon release while others waited for the complete set to hit.  And many did both!  Some have a set to read and another set to look at.  If you’re hunting for a collection with top aesthetic quality, then consider purchasing the Juniper Books Harry Potter Set.  With its regal old musty design, the collection of seven books looks like it came straight from the Hogwarts library. And it comes with a Harry Potter wooden book box to boot! 

And if that’s not enough, you can buy FOUR sets each branded according to one of the Harry Potter houses.  The Gryffindor’s lion set is themed with scarlet and gold.  Ravenclaw is blue and silver, Hufflepuff is yellow and black, and Slytherin is green and silver.

The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings: Deluxe Pocket Boxed Set

There seems to be something about the fantasy genre that lends well to stately-looking books.  I suppose when the contents deal with castles, heroes, warriors, knights, and the like . . . it makes sense. 

A not-to-be-missed collection of books in this arena is Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings deluxe pocket boxed set.  This particular collection is a definitely a conversation starter not only because of the beauty of the books but their size is unusual:  They are smaller, pocket-sized books—a nod to the nomadic themes of Tolkien’s main characters.

The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set

Since we’ve already recommended two collections authored by Brits, we might as well round out this blog post with a third person from England by recommending C.S. Lewis’s boxed set of the Chronicles of Narnia. 

It’s a little trickier to discover a “regal” looking version of a Narnia set, but you certainly can find a collection that passes the eye-candy muster for a living room library.  Check out the version available at Barnes and Noble.

Keeping your books covers clean

As mentioned earlier, you can’t judge a book’s contents by its cover, but you can judge its beauty.  You can also judge the book owner’s reading habits by a book’s cover.  A dusty book is an unread book.  Keep your books dust-free (and looking like they’re being read) by giving a gentle wipe with wet wipes from the eco-friendly selection of Melaleuca products or something as simple as Pampers baby wipes.  Don’t wipe the pages, though!