Following my controversial “8 Book Covers I HATE” post from last Monday, I decided to look on the flipside, and talk about all the book covers I LOVE…
“Never judge a book by its cover,” they said. Well, I’m a rebel. I always judge books by their covers, and most of the time I do it without even knowing it. Sometimes, it has been great – the story is a beautiful as the cover. In other cases, it has been a disaster – as in, how does such an atrocious story deserve such a beautiful cover?
Nevertheless, I love beautiful book covers. I just do. Here are 12 of my favourites:
In no particular order…
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
I love the reflections and distortion the water provides. I also love how the water is such a dark blue when I’m so used to paler blue oceans on books covers. I also love how Emma’s hair and skirt are billowing in the water – it has a really nice effect. Likewise, the rays of light piercing through the water look really interesting, almost like they’re spotlighting Emma and Cortana. To be honest, though, I’m not so keen on the seaweed at the bottom…My review.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I love the cover on the left, but don’t really like the one on the right. I feel like the one on the right is messy, and – as you may have learned in this post – I do not like white backgrounds. The one on the left is neat and simplistic and the colours are balanced in a really nice way. Thumbs up from me! My review.
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
I love the colour yellow, so instantly this one is in my good books. (So punny.) I also love the blurring at the edges of the title, and I like that it looks like the little girl is trying to hug the title – is that weird? My review.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Again, the simplicity and the colour scheme are really what make this cover appeal to me. I just love the gradient of dark to light from bottom to top, and that the spaceman is falling back. I don’t know, but it always looks cool when someone is falling…My review.
The 100: Day 21 by Kass Morgan
Speaking of people falling… That’s actually the main reason I love this cover – everyone looks so cool. It’s also very intriguing to have it literally raining men. I also love the colour scheme. Are you seeing a pattern?
A Work in Progress by Connor Franta
The minimalism. The colours. Need I say more? My review.
It by Alexa Chung
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I’m usually not at all a fan of covers with actual people on them, but I have to make an exception for this one. I don’t know what it is, but it just feels so opulent and luxurious, and I really love it. My review.
Nocte by Courtney Cole
It’s just so pretty! Just like Lady Midnight, I think it’s the water that makes it that little bit more intriguing and beautiful. I always think water has a really nice effect on how things look, especially when people are swimming through it, like in this one. My review.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Speaking of people swimming… This cover just looks magical, what with the stars, and he birds at the edges. (At first, I couldn’t tell if they were birds or seaweed…) I also love how the boy is silhouetted – it just adds to the intrigue. My review.
The Dinner by Herman Koch
Though I didn’t love this book, I do love the cover. I just love the colour scheme, and how simple it is. I also love how the brightness of the cover really contrasts with the darkness of the book. Frankly, I feel like this cover is quite satirical in respects to the book.
12 Stories* by Stephanie Perkins (& others)
(*”12 Stories” appears to be the title Goodreads has chosen for this series. I don’t know of it’s credibility…)
Having all the names at the top reminds me of a carnival poster. More than anything, I love the font choices here, and how the colours really represent the season and content of the book.
Thank you for reading!
Which book cover do you love? Any of my choices? Do you disagree with any of my choices?
Tell me in the comments!