Top Five Illustrated Books

There are so many ways to visibly add to a story. Graphic novels are obvious, as are book covers, but between the covers some novels have illustrations or photos added in throughout the story, I love a good map, and some books jazz up their chapter pages with a small image or unique design. As a lover of art and design, I always enjoy seeing the extra details put into a book to add to the story or atmosphere. Here are five of my favorite illustrated books, ranging from graphic novels to novels with little details.

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan Reads

by Stephanie Garber

The story is divided by time and each division page is beautifully designed, although not unique from one another. The chapter start pages add in a bit of that design as well. Plus the map and letters are lovely additions.

The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Tolkien drew a collection of maps and illustrations that are sprinkled throughout The Hobbit, depicting places and things as they appear in the story.

by Nicola Griffith

Illustrated by Rovina Cai, I’m obsessed with her artwork. It’s so beautiful and the thing that really drew me to this book.

Solutions and Other Problems
by Allie Brosh

A bit goofy in style, Allie Brosh’s drawing’s are delightful and help bring her essays and insights to life.

by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

The details in Sana Takeda’s art are incredible. I enjoyed this story, but mostly I enjoyed admiring the illustrations.

What’s your favorite illustrated book?