BOOK COVER LOVE: All-Time Favourites

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?

11 comments:

  1. You made some great points! Of your three all time favorite book covers, I'm seeing a similar color trend (the dark colors, reds, white :P)

    My all time favorite book cover is Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. Can't stop staring at that book!

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    1. Yep haha, there seems to be a trend there. ;)

      I also LOVE the cover of Dreams of Gods and Monsters – it's gorgeous, isn't it? Although, I spend more time staring at the inside as I have one of the signed/illustrated versions... ;D

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  2. The Night Circus is one of my absolute favourite covers but I also really love the covers of David Mitchell's books - Could Atlas and Ghostwritten being my favourites! I would love Book Cover Love to become a regular feature as pretty covers are some of my favourite things! Great post! ^.^ x

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    1. I do love the cover of Cloud Atlas! And yay, I'll try and make it an actual feature. :D

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  3. WE JUST POSTED SIMILAR POSTS MINDS CONNECTED OR?
    I love all these and I'd not seen this version of The Snow Child - I LOVE IT.

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    1. We're so in sync. ;)
      And yes, I love the dark blue version with the white drawings but this version is JUST STUNNING. Loooove it!

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  4. I'm not too sure what my favourite book cover would be. I LOVE Shadow and Bone's cover though, and how the antlers are like that of Morozova's deer. The antlers could also be mistaken to be the trees of the Shadow Fold too.
    The Snow Child's cover is lovely, like you said it's like a picture book where you have to try and find the characters that are hiding :)

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    1. The whole Grisha trilogy has wonderful covers. I love them all! And yes, that's *exactly* why I love The Snow Child's cover aha. :)

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  5. That cover of The Snow Child is so gorgeous. I must read it this winter, hopefully over Christmas! So many gorgeous covers, Ruby! You have a really good eye!

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    1. It definitely is (and you definitely should)! And yay, thank you! :D

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  6. YES YES YES I love all of these, even though I wasn't wild about The Night Circus I LOVED it's cover, and I love the cover of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children though I've not read it (is it worth it?). I'm very intrigued by The Too-Clever Fox. I feel like I need some Leigh Bardugo in my life.

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