Thanks to Katie Ann, we have a fun zoom-and-seek at the Crate & Barrel website: zoom in on these bookshelves and tell me what you see?
This just amuses me, especially that I could recognize spines by the author-font-style alone (and of authors I’ve never even read), even if I can’t read the title. Distinctive ones like Judith McNaught and Jude Deveraux, and ones that you can barely read unless you’ve seen them a million times on your own shelves like “The Secret Swan” by Shana Abe.
There are some fonts that are hella-overused that I can spot, but only a few cover layouts specific to authors that I can identify from across the room – or from a photo taken at some distance. Katie Ann has some sharp eyes.
Are there cover art combos or author-specific fonts you can spot across the room? Glance at your bookshelves: do you remember font and layout, or color, or what? With all the attention (or lip service, take your pick) paid to branding and author identity, I’m curious what you identify visually in or on a romance novel.Heck, take a small pic (no wider than 350 px please) and link or post it in the comments, and see what people can identify from halfway across the room. Spot the romance! Woo!
Also: judging by the few titles on those shelves (which look designed to give me a million cuts on my arms and shoulders because I am klutzy and they look sharp), that is not a true romance reader. We have WAY more books than that!! I pity the person whose romance shelves were mined for those few titles!