Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame as Pieces of Art”, which I’m tweaking to become Top Ten Favorite Book Cover designs. I’m one of those people who is more than slightly judgmental about a book cover. Sometimes if I’m browsing for a new book without any recommendations, I’ll just pick up one with a pretty cover and flip it over and read the back. If it sounds as interesting as it looked, I’ll buy it. For whatever reason, I really hate when YA books have an actual person on them, because half the time that model looks nothing like the book described, or nothing like I would have pictured the character and I don’t want to be influenced. As much as I hate the whole real people on the book thing, I love love when the cover truly ties in to the subject matter or tone of the book. For this list, I decided I would work within the books I physically own, just to limit the scope a little. So in no order, I present ten of my favorite/most interesting book cover designs! (I’m tempted to stop calling some of my posts “top ten” because I know I’ve missed probably about a hundred good book covers, so let me know which ones I forgot!) And as always, book cover images are from Goodreads!
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson – The exception to the person on the cover rule is cool, illustrated half faces like this (see next entry). And the color scheme is totally relevant without being disgustingly so.
The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz- I haven’t actually read this one yet, but I picked it out of the bargain section on a recent trip to Barnes and Noble in an attempt to broaden my reading horizons. The back cover summary makes it sound a little Practical Magic-esque to me (a totally underrated Sandra Bullock movie – you should watch it), and the front cover is sort of eerie but still really pretty, so I’m excited to read it!
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – To me, a really good example of semi-minimalist cover art that just works.
The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling, old American versions – For my token HP mention, I have to throw some props to Mary GrandPre, the illustrator for the now old American versions of this series. I know that books get new cover designs all the time, but I’ll really miss seeing these in bookstores and libraries, because they really are works of art!
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery – So perfectly whimsical and fitting with the content!
John Green novels – I’m really doing a lot of grouping on this post, but I feel like they all have really good covers to me. Looking for Alaska, being the only one I’ve read, had the perfect balance of minimalism and content-tie in, and I’d be lying if I said the cover for The Fault in Our Stars wasn’t part of the reason I want to read it – love that typography!
The Truth About Forever and This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen – I almost did a Sarah Dessen grouping like I did with John Green, but then I realized that my two favorite SD novels also had my two favorite covers, so they’re the ones getting the spotlight!
The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff – Just love the silhouette/vines/leaves combo. I just bought The Night Circus, and realized it has a similar design – just another reason to be excited it’s in the mail!
Time Quartet series by Madeleine L’Engle – These books have been through so many editions, but I seriously haven’t seen a set of covers on these that I haven’t loved. Personal favorites being the two editions shown in the pictures (of the first book for comparison’s sake), just because they’re the two I have!
The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper – Maybe this just becoming as much as exercise in nostalgia as a list of pretty book covers, because I seem to be picking a lot of my old stand-bys. I feel like the style of illustration on these covers has really fallen out of popularity in children’s books in favor of more quirky stuff, but I love this sort of soft-focus realism.
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton/The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani/The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman – I lumped these three together because they are all three of them perfect examples of beautiful historical fiction covers. Reading them in public makes me feel so classy and adult. There are plenty more in the vein of these three!
That’s clearly way more than 10, but oh well!