I love book covers – perhaps more than a reader should. Maybe this is because I'm a fan of design, or maybe it's because the idea of one image capturing the essence of a book is all too intriguing. But, in short, I do love a good book cover. (Though I also have a tendency to hate some book covers, especially those featuring photos of people!)
MY TOP THREE ALL-TIME FAVOURITE BOOK COVERS:
HONOURABLE MENTIONS (I REALLY DO LOVE THESE ONES TOO):
WHAT I LOVE TO SEE IN A BOOK COVER:
- With colour schemes, I either love dark, subdued shades with dashes of another colour (e.g. with The Night Circus, the colour scheme is black and white with splashes of red) or bright, autumnal colours.
- For the image, something bold and striking that really captures the essence of the book is perfect (e.g. the circus for The Night Circus, Faina bend the tree for The Snow Child and the palace for Shadow and Bone).
- Sweet little fairytale-esque illustrations also draw me towards a book (see The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairytale Land in a Ship of Her Own Making).
- A creepy something-is-not-quite-right-image is also intriguing (see Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and Idiopathy)
- Also, TREES. I really like trees on covers (for some reason). Especially the tree on the cover of The Magician King, with all those autumnal colours tied in: GORGEOUS.
- Stunning illustrations with a Gothic element to them are also right up my street (e.g. that beautiful edition of Jane Eyre and also The Too-Clever Fox)
Do you have a favourite book cover? What style of book cover are you drawn to? Also, would you be interested in 'Book Cover Love' becoming a regular feature?