Bookish Discussions: Eye Catching Book Covers

Posted November 23, 2015 by Zeee in Discussions, Reading Challenges | 6 Comments

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Let’s talk about anything bookish!


Okay, let’s talk covers.  Eye catching book covers, that is.  What draws you to them?  Do they affect your book choices?

A few months back, I wrote a post about eye catching book covers and titles (minus images because malware happened).  I am going to rewrite this post again and share some of my favorite covers – AGAIN.  Why?  Because I want to!

Majority of the books written by new-to-me authors have been chosen based solely on the book covers.  I mean, browsing through the bookstore and library is very daunting (not that I am complaining because I could spend hours and hours in there) because of the bazillion books available.  As a bookworm, I have mapped my favorite sections at the bookstore (i.e. those are the first sections I look at for new books before proceeding to other sections).  So, how do I pick books to read and ultimately purchase?  For new-to-me authors, I look at two things:

  • I pick books based on my favorite cover themes (see a samples below)
  • For some reason, my eyes always gravitate to BOLD and DARK colors (no washed out colors for me!)
  • Typography that complements the cover
  • Titles are key (favorite historical romance picks have the words Lord, Rake, Rogue, Duke)

Below is a sample of my favorite cover themes.  These book covers are based solely on their cover appeal and not the content (not all gorgeous book covers are books that I actually like).

Gowns of Gorgeousness

Lord of Wicked Cold-Hearted Rake everneath all the ways to ruin The Luxe The Selection A rogue

So, I am a sucker for gorgeous gowns.  The pouffier the better, amiright?  Since I read a lot of historical romance novels, I get to see those gorgeous covers all. the. time!  Not complaining!  But yeah, I do have quite a few books with those gorgeous gowns!

Girl Freaking Power

One Foot in the Grave Stormdancer Crown of Midnight Dark Triumph ScarletUS.indd Eona

I just adore books that scream girl power.  Girls in fighting mode?  Heck, yeah!

Minimalism is Key

Rebel Twilight the fault Insurgent The Hunger Games Illuminae Talon

I have been in a minimalistic kick for a while and that also goes to the book covers that catch my eye.  I just love how simple they look but reveal more when the pages are read.

Put them on My Wall Already

Graceling Magonia Champion  crimson bound A Thousand Pieces of You Shatter Me

These gorgeous covers are just screaming to be framed and displayed!  If only I could, I would display them all on my walls (and I don’t care what my hubby says) mwahhahahahahahaha!

Catchy Titles

Across the Universe Hush Stitching Snow These Broken Stars For Darkness If I stay

These titles always make me want to sing.  I’m not even sure some of these books are based on music but I know some titles are similar or exactly the song title.  Some of the songs, I am familiar with (like Across the Universe by The Beatles) and every time I see the title, the song always gets stuck in my head.

Do you agree with my choices?  What else draws you to book covers?

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2015 Book Blog Discussion

6 responses to “Bookish Discussions: Eye Catching Book Covers

    • That is so true. I have read a few books that didn’t have great covers that I loved but it was mostly because of the author. 😀 There was a time in historical romance that they had cottages or beautiful estates as covers – and believe me, they weren’t pretty!

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