Hi there! I’ve had this post planned for a really long time. I was going to categorize all of my favorite book covers because I seem to be drawn to certain things: buildings, illustrations, filigree, etc. I maintain that that’s true, but after I downloaded all the covers I wanted to showcase, my idea of the way I wanted to organize this post is just not going to work. So it’s going to be kind of random, and I apologize in advance.
What this post will end up being is just a collection of my favorite book covers over the years with some reasons why, and I would love for you to contribute in the comments with favorite covers of your own or comments on mine.
I like covers with buildings on them. Some form of architecture. My eye is always drawn to that spooky mansion or that far away, foreboding city. When I am in a bookstore, these are generally the FIRST books that I pick up.
And uhhhh, apparently I really, REALLY like vegetation on my covers, which is something I just figured out about myself right now as I was putting this post together. Even some of the covers in OTHER categories have plants in them. There is a lot of green going on. Incidentally, my FAVORITE cover in this grouping is Dreamwood. I just fucking love it SO much. Also, in the case of Orleans, it has buildings AND plants.
These covers kind of win in the typography category. I’m really sad they redid The Unspoken cover because I think this one is far better than what we are left with now. Also, I am really drawn to the bright colors in Something Real and I love how the typography is presented on multiple televisions. Three Bird Summer just makes me really want to go camping and commune with nature. The font fits super well with the illustration and it really makes me think STATE PARK!
This is kind of an odd collection here, but I chose to put these all together because of the colors. I like all of these books because they are eye-catching, vivid, and full of bold colors. I’ve always loved the shade of red in Die for Me. And I am a huge fan of the detail in The Cabinet of Curiosities. I absolutely love the sky with the car headlights in I’ll Be There. I love the uniqueness of the UK The Night Itself cover. I am not a fan of the US version at all.
And DUH, obviously my favorite covers across a series are these. Nothing else touches the brilliance!!
And finally, I have to give a shout out to all the perfectly adorable middle grade covers out there. I love middle grade covers to death. I have a thing for illustrations, and the whimsy and dreamlike quality of middle grade covers really makes me want to pick them up and read every single one. There are any number of MG covers I could have chosen for this, but these are some of my favorites. They are just so stunning to look at.
I thought about doing a post like this with the opposite, choosing the covers that just completely don’t work for me, but honestly there are so many that I don’t think I could consolidate them into one post. The majority of them are indie covers, and I just don’t think it would be fair to do that when all of THESE are traditionally published covers. So I think I will just skip that and go on to the next topic.
But before I go, what do you think of my choices? Leave your favorite covers in the comments too, if you want to! 😀