Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten List and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.
I love this weeks list as I really do love Book Covers. We are always told that we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but how can we not when it’s the first thing we see! Here are some of the things I LOVE and HATE about book covers.
I love it when a book series keeps the same theme to its covers through a series. I love covers that are very close to being the same with just a small change: a different colour or image. Most of my ‘like’ covers in this post are part of a series, but each series has something special that I love about it other then the fact that they follow the same theme. Be prepared for a whole load of book covers!
I love silhouettes, not just on book covers but everywhere I think they are just so pretty. My favourite book covers for silhouettes are the Halo series by Alexandra Adornetto, which feature silhouettes of an Angel/Human couple and they are just so gorgeous!
Sometimes the simple things are the best things. Why fill a cover with pictures of characters and all different colours, when all you need is a title. The Gone Series by Michael Grant does this perfectly. There were two different book covers released with this series and this one is by far my favourite as it really keep with the eerie, mysterious feel of the book and makes the titles really stand out.
I really like book covers that look like they have been doodled on. My favourite? Yes, it’s another series! The Benedict Series by Joss Stirling. I love this series book covers, because they keep the same theme with the colours and of course the doodles and I think they are so pretty.
Yes, I know, its seems like a strange one. But I really love book covers with eyes on, they stand out so amazingly. I did a whole Cover Stories Post about it that featured loads of them. Another series to show my favourite ones, but it really is no competition, the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi is simply gorgeous and wins hands down against any other eye-ish book covers.
BLACK & WHITE
Sometimes it just looks better in black & white. With no fancy colours to distract I always feel like you get the cover in its rawest form and sometimes that it the more powerful way to view it. E.K.Blair‘s ‘Falling’ series has book covers that do just this. They should probably be in the ‘simplicity’ pile too because they really are raw. Having the characters naked on the covers shows them at their most vaulnerable, which is exactly what the books are about, these characters at the most vulnerable times of their lives. So then maybe it should be in a ‘captures the story on the cover’ pile as well. Too many piles!
Some covers are more then just a cover, they become a work of art. One series that deserves this title is the Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini, not only is this one of my favourite fantasy series, but the covers were hand drawn by a spectacular artist and are beautiful.
Now, I’m not one to name and shame, thats just mean, so I’m not giving examples for my hate, but I will tell you the things that bug me most about book covers.
I’m just not a fan of erotic covers. Even on books that are not from the erotic genre but feature sex have started putting them on the covers and I really don’t like them. I find them cringy to look at, who wants a picture of two naked people making ou on their cover, PLUS if you are reading the book as a physical book and not as an e-book then NO WAY can you read it in public. They judgement on peoples faces when they see you cover can be really embaressing!
CHARACTERS WHO DON’T MATCH THEIR DESCRIPTION
If you are going to discribe a character as a tall, blonde, skinny girl then why put a character on the front of the book who is short, ginger and fat? It makes no sense!!
CHANGING COVERS HALF WAY THROUGH SERIES
I really love covers, and I love having a book series with covers that match. So when the covers change halfway through a series and they don’t re-release the past books with the new covers it really bugs me.
How about you? What do you love/hate about book covers?
Leave me a comment and let me know!