Thanks to the gals of The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this meme every week!
I have no shame admitting that covers are often what makes me pick up a book. I even (unfortunately) find myself not being as interested in a book because I don’t like the cover >.>. I’m working on that though! But really, the cover tells you so much: what genre the book is in, a little about the plot, possibly who the main character is, the general feel of the book. I sometimes find the cover being more useful than the synopsis on the back in helping me decide if I want to read the book or not. Also, be warned: I actually like a lot of covers that most people dislike, haha.
Also, the way I made this list was literally by just saving all the book covers that I liked and then trying to find patterns within the 40+ that I chose >.>.
1. Focus on the Main Character
I like the simplicity of Scarlet and the beauty of Touch of Power but I really like that they both tell me something central about the main character (dagger and magic) and make me like the main character right from the start :D.
2. Epic Scenes
Nothing says “awesome fantasy book right here!” like an epic and sweeping illustrated scene from the book :D.
3. Adorable Middle Grade Illustrations
I adore middle grade and I especially like middle grade covers that are illustrated.
4. Metaphoric Covers
I’m always impressed when a cover is clearly not an actual scene from the book, but still wonderfully captures the main themes of the book. Earth Girl does this well since Jarra is trapped on Earth just like the shackles the cover model is wearing. Cruel Beauty does a great job of reflecting the retelling aspect of the book with the rose and the darker gothic themes that Cruel Beauty includes.
5. Pretty Dresses are Pretty!
6. Eye See You
I’m sorry, I just can’t help it! My name is Anya and I like eye covers D: To be fair, it isn’t specifically the eyes that I like about these covers, they are also shiny and play with the eye in different ways ;-).
7. It’s So Shiny!
I just like shiny weird symbols okay? Okay!
8. Tough Girls
It looks like the Gods o’ Covers finally got the memo that we don’t want to see women in impossible positions on covers! All these tough heroines are clearly physically possible and ready to kick some butt :D.
9. All in the Details
I really like covers that have lots of small details that pertain to the story. The longer I stare at these covers, the more cool details I find! I think my favorite detail is the small fanged toad on the cover of A Turn of Light ;-).
This doesn’t need explanation right? I didn’t think so ;-)
What are your favorite cover trends? Any other eye-cover lovers out there? :D
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