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BOOK AESTHETICS: a way to relive your favorite novels

if you’ve been on twitter, you’ve probably seen at least one book aesthetic. a lot of people started making them aside from the accounts dedicated for it ONLY. and if you’ve been following me on twitter, you’d know i’ve been literally OBSESSED with it.

seriously, they’re so amazing and satisfying to my eyes, and they made me want to reread my favorite books and series (i may or may not be rereading THE LUNAR CHRONICLES soon).

BUT if you don’t know what a book aesthetic is, don’t worry, i’m going to explain it. an aesthetic is a board of four pictures (on twitter, maybe more on other social media), representing aspects of a mood, a movie, a tv show, or a book (which is what we’re talking about today).

as i said before, book aesthetics are so so fun to make, and they’re such an original idea, plus it’s a way to relive your favorite novels. AND they’re not hard. AT ALL. the dangerous part of it is that it may or may not become an OBSESSION. as soon as you will be done with your first aesthetic, you’ll find yourself making a whole lot of other ones and you want be able to stop.


i decided to list here some tips to make some AMAZING aesthetics easily (but mostly for you to get obsessed and be drawn to the dark side). LET’S GO.

find pictures for your aesthetic

IMG_2506[1]first things first, you have to find pictures for your board. i highly recommend using WE HEART IT, it’s a wonderful app where you can find amazing pictures. you can also search on google (which i had been doing at the beginning but switched to we heart it). all you have to do is search for the keywords (not the name of the book). if you’re using google, make sure to add “tumblr photography” after the keyword, that way the search results are better pictures. here are some keywords i used to help you:

  • THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas: swords, castle, blonde.
  • THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer: moon, asian (for Cinder), redhead (for Scarlet), blonde (for Cress).
  • SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson: friendship, orchard, best friends.
  • THE INFERNAL DEVICES by Cassandra Clare: books, london, violin.

add as many pictures as you find related one way or another to the story you’re making an aesthetic of. just download whatever you find, the matching will come later.

pick up the best pictures

now that you’ve downloaded a lot of pictures for your aesthetic, you have to choose the best ones. i know it’s a difficult thing. ALL THE PICTURES ARE BEAUTIFUL! WHERE DO I START? well, just start by finding the ones that are color or theme matched. and then put them together. BAM. MAGIC.


find the perfect quote

as you can see, with each aesthetic there’s a quote added in its caption. all that’s left to do now is find the perfect one. it’s not hard. now that you’ve chosen the perfect picture, go on the internet and search for “[BOOK] by [AUTHOR] quotes”, and the first result you’ll find is the quotes page on Goodreads. there will be hundreds of quotes in there i think, just look for the closest one to your pictures (or board).

and there you go!

you’ve just created the most amazing aesthetic in history so far, and you just discovered you’re a long lost wizard.

(all you need is a wand. and a letter to hogwarts.)

do you like aesthetics? do you make them?


UPDATE: sorry i couldn’t upload some of my aesthetics here, i tried to include some tweets but it was strange and no picture would show up. but here is my aesthetic for THE RAVEN BOYS, and here is another one i made for SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE, as examples. there are both made on Tumblr, but if you want to make one on Twitter you only have four pictures to choose.


19 thoughts on “BOOK AESTHETICS: a way to relive your favorite novels

  1. great post! I have never heard of book aesthetics before. it would have been great if you included an example in your post for others to see. the explanation was good, but humans are visual creatures.

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  2. I LOVE making aesthetics, but for some reason I never post them? I always think they look ugly or they don’t match the book perfectly, but I may give it a second try. I’m going to check yours now, so I apologize in advance for the RT spam, hahah.

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  3. I’ve seen book asthetics before but never made one myself. I think I might give it a go 🙂 I love your Cress one, it’s perfection 😀

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  4. THIS IS HONESTLY ACTUALLY REALLY HELPFUL. I’ve mostly just used Pinterest for mine but it’s sort of harder to find nice images on there. I’ll definitely start using We Heart It more! BUT LIKE I STILL PROBABLY WON’T BE ABLE TO REACH YOUR LEVEL OF AWESOMENESS ❤

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  5. I’m also really obsessed with aesthetics! You should see the ones on tumblr, especially myth aesthetics. THEY’RE SO PRETTY!❤❤❤ I also used we heart it because it just has more variety of pictures compared to pinterest, and the way they display the pictures with squares really makes it easier visualize how I want my aesthetics to look❤

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