I Judge Books By Their Covers

11 Feb

A huge part of what makes me decided whether or not to read a book is its cover. Sure– if a book has a gorgeous cover, but the inside-flap summary doesn’t appeal to me, I’ll put it down. But, the point is, I wouldn’t have picked up the book in the first place if the cover hadn’t caught my eye, right? Covers have the power to attract or turn off potential readers; I’d say that, most of the time, publishers do a pretty darn good job. Yes, sometimes covers aren’t so great. Today, though, I’ll be spotlighting the best and brightest book covers (in my humble opinion) in different categories. Yes, folks: I’m judging books by their covers.  This will probably be the first in a series of posts on book covers. The awards I’ve selected for this session are as follows:

Overall Best Book Design

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley (and its sequels)

Just looking at the cover, this book may not seem worthy of the top award. But take a peek on the inside: the start of each chapter has a simple yet compelling silhouette illustration, an elegant border, and a quote from a song or poem. Every detail of this black-and-pink glory fits the story perfectly.

Most Intriguing Cover

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

When I first saw this cover image, I didn’t care what the book was about. I had to read it, period. The stars, the colors, the impending kiss…every element screams, “This book is a must-read!”

Best Depiction of Main Character

Beka Cooper: Terrier by Tamora Pierce

Every detail of Beka Cooper is straight off the pages, from the white stripes on the Puppy uniform to the circling pigeons.

Most Haunting Book Cover

I Am Morgan La Fay by Nancy Springer

This oldie-but-goodie cover is complete with  leaves, lace, swirling colors, a scary castle in the background, and a pretty girl who looks like she could destroy you in an instant. You can tell it’s a fantasy, and you can tell it’s going to be a little creepy. Look at those mismatched eyes…

Bonus: Look-Alike Covers

Heaven Eyes by David Almond and Stravaganza: City of Masks by Mary Hoffman

These covers share the same colors and a “blue eyes gazing intently from over an old brown city scene” theme. I think– just think, mind you– that Heaven Eyes came first, but either could be the copycat. I like the Heaven Eyes cover better, too. I’ve never seen anyone wear as much eye makeup (with the possible exception of Taylor Swift) as the lady on the Stravaganza cover.

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Posted by on February 11, 2011 in Art and Photography, Book Rambles


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