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17 Books With Breathtaking Covers That You Need To Know

17 Books With Breathtaking Covers That You Need To Know

For book lovers, there’s nothing more important than a well-crafted story and a memorable plot. For book collectors however, there’s an added preference and affinity for beautiful covers that long to be touched. Some book covers draw you in and mesmerize you, regardless of the actual content. Going through my own collection and scouring the internet for favorites, I’ve listed below some incredible book covers that will hopefully arouse some curiosity or sheer appreciation.

1. Siddharta – by Hermann Hesse

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    The vibrant hue and minimalist design of this book is aligned to the story it contains. Siddharta is a page-turner, despite being a very deep, spiritual book that will leave you reeling and thinking.

    2. Big Magic – by Elizabeth Gilbert

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      The colors! The title! So much promise. A great book by the author of Eat, Pray, Love, ideal for the creative archetype or creative-wannabes. Elizabeth Gilbert expands on her own knowledge and encourages others through the beauty and struggle of the creative process.

      3. Tampa – by Alyssa Nutting

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        Besides the ingenious symbolism behind the flesh-colored button slit, this is a phenomenal book for fiction lovers that is hard to digest but worth every single moment of discomfort.

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        4. The Lost Girls – by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, Amanda Pressner

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          If only for the sake of visualizing myself on some exotic beach that largely resembles my screensaver, I couldn’t resist purchasing this gem of a travel book. Perfect for female travelers, the story of The Lost Girls is sure to evoke some serious wanderlust.

          5. Zen Pencils, Volume Two – by Gavin Aung Than

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            Stumbling upon the eponymous blog name is a fond memory of mine. The book which has high-definition inspirational comics never fail to make me feel grateful and motivated. This book includes a free poster and makes for a wonderful gift for almost anyone. I can’t recommend it enough.

            6. Aleph – by Paulo Coelho

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              Beyond stating the obvious, which is that Paulo Coelho writes meaningful books, that leading path in the water is intriguing and aweworthy. An insightful look into karmic justice based on the memories of the author’s past life.

              7. Perfect Strangers – by Tasmina Perry

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                Diving into a Tasmina Perry book is the mental equivalent of sinking your toes into flawless sand on the deserted beach of your dreams on a perfect day. Her writing is immaculate and the characters are always intricately woven into a heavy and fantastic net that will leave you exuberant yet flabbergasted by the last page. Her novels are a staple in my carry-on and are always welcome on my bookshelf, also because of their beautiful covers.

                8. Paris Letters – by Janice MacLeod

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                  This book cover doubles as a post card, if you’re ever in a bind. A beautiful, romantic and brave story about a woman who leaves everything up to chance and gains a rather poetic adventure in Paris.

                  9. Love Poems – by Pablo Neruda

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                    The delicate, golden calligraphy. The dainty pastel pink book that could fit into your hand or pocket. Poetry lovers, rejoice. Pablo Neruda will revive the coldest hearts with his honeyed words about the fondest sentiment of all.

                    10. Illustrated Complete Works of Shakespeare – by William Shakespeare

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                      Beware, this is a very heavy encyclopedia loaded with all – and I do mean all – of Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets, poems. It’s a beautiful collection for fans of classic literature or party snobs who want to appear intelligent and cultured and of course for fans of beautiful book covers.

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                      11. A piece of cake – by Cupcake Brown

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                        Don’t let the gorgeous throw of colorful confetti mislead you. This is a very intense (and rewarding) story about starting at rock bottom and fighting to not only reach the core but surpass it brilliantly.

                        12. Euphoria – by Lily King

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                          I have no idea what this book is about. I wish I could tell you but I never quite got past the cover. If you really must go past the book cover, there is a ton of praise and positive reviews that accompanies this book. It must be good. But more importantly, where can I hang this in my house?

                          13. The life and love of the sea – by Lewis Blackwell

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                            This is a book to behold and daydream, made easy with the beautiful images that leak from one page to the next, heavy with ocean fantasies.

                            14. Scent of a dream: Travels in the world of coffee – by Sebastiao Salgado

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                              At first glance, I genuinely thought this was a poster without a frame. The gorgeous photo pulls you in with eager fingers to undress the remainder of this coffee-table must have.

                              15. Cosmos – by Carl Sagan

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                                A popular and classic book frequent on most must-read lists, the cover alone induces a lot of wonder and the content is equally as marvelous.

                                16. Lust – Marc Lagrange

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                                  Feast your eyes on this series of photogenic essays. Although the hefty price tag might be a slight deterrent, it’s worth every lusty blink.

                                  17. Cain – by José Saramago

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                                    A riveting take on a biblical story, the artsy cover doesn’t distract from the incredible story that lies beneath.

                                    Featured photo credit: Stockholm Public Library by Elmindreda via flickr.com

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                                    Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                    Boundaries are limits

                                    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                    • When do you feel disrespected?
                                    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                    • When do you want to be alone?
                                    • How much space do you need?

                                    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                    Sample language:

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                                    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                    Final Thoughts

                                    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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