Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike on Book Covers

June 24, 2014 Cover Stories, Top Ten Tuesday 15

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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!

Halo Series Covers


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,ย mysterious feel of the book and makes the titles really stand out.

Gone Series Covers


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.

benedicts book covers


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.

shatter me book covers


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!

Fading series covers


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.

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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!


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!!


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!



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15 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike on Book Covers”

    • Broc's Bookcase

      I know right. I’m such an OCD freak that I end up spending more money to buy all the books again so they all match, and then I end up with two of each book. Nightmare!

    • Broc's Bookcase

      Oh yes, the change for Across the Universe really made me sad. Not just because they changed, but because I much preferred the original covers, so pretty!

      • For the Love of the Page

        I know, there’s just something about the stars and galaxy theme that’s been trending lately (not just in terms of book covers) that is just so pretty. I love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. alibrarianslibrary

    I really don’t like covers changing, either! Especially when the first cover is SO UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL, and the new one is HORRIBLE( I’m looking at you, Crewel!). I am always drawn to silhouettes on covers, those. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks for stoppin’ by! Have a great week!

    • Broc's Bookcase

      Covers changing seems to be a very popular choice this week. I really do LOVE silhouettes, Jennifer E.Smith’s books have great silhouette covers ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. caitlinemccann

    Oh, wow, I definitely didn’t think about when they change the cover style half way through a series. I hate it when that happens! When I buy a book or a series of books it’s an investment in the cover as well as the content, so I want there to be consistency to my collection. Great list!

  3. lynnsbooks

    The topic this week is so good to see the difference in everyone’s likes and dislikes – interestingly erotic covers seem to be a big ‘hate’!
    Lynn ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Broc's Bookcase

      Yeah, there have been some really interesting ones this week. Definitely Erotic Covers is a BIG no! They are just too cringy!

  4. Aylee (@AyleeArgh)

    Oooh, so much prettiness in this post! I’m glad you decided to feature series because I also love it when all the books in a series match and complement one another!! And yeah, when the publisher decides to change the covers for a series part way through – grrrr!

  5. anotherafterthought

    Haha, I’m sure everyone has experienced the bait-and-switch of a character on the cover being completely differently described than in the text. I think the sad truth for me is that I sometimes do just materialize the one on the cover (assuming the descriptions are not overbearing and constantly driving a different image). Oops.

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts