Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Cover Trends I Love And Hate

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Top Ten Cover Trends I Love And Hate

This week is all about covers (or elements of covers) that we like or dislike!  I’ve said before that I don’t pay a lot of attention to covers- covers just aren’t important when you’re an e-book/audio book person.  Which is good for when the covers are god-awful, but also bad when the covers are completely awesome.

What I Like: 

Cover Elements Like

  1. Colors/Shading: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand: I love how soft and muted the cover is.  I don’t know what sort of effect it is, but whatever it is, it’s beautiful.
  2. Interesting Objects: Scintillate by Tracy Clark: I really like how the object takes center stage and goes so well with the book.
  3. Artsy: Wild Awake by Hilary Smith is really artsy, and it would totally get my attention if I saw it on a bookshelf.
  4. Simple Cover: The Chaos Of Stars by Kiersten White and Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Amy McNamara are good examples of simple covers.  I have mixed feelings about them, but I like that these 2 covers relate to the book and still draw you in without being overly loud or showy.

What I Dislike: 

Cover Elements Dislike

  1. Faces Creepily Staring: Charade by Cambria Hebert and The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa.  Both series are great, but I’m kind of creeped out by how the cover model is just staring at you all creepy.
  2. Partial Faces: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver and 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson.  I had a ton of covers to choose from for this one.  There are plenty of covers where you get someone’s full face, but I don’t understand the partial face thing.  At all.
  3. God-Awful Colors: Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman.  I really like this middle grade book but the colors are just hideous.
  4. Awkward Poses: Dollhouse by Anya Allyn and Jenny Pox J.L. Brynn.  I’m looking forward to reading both books, but I am so not of fan of the awkward poses.
  5. Simple Covers: Tampa by Alyssa Nutting and Speechless by Hannah Harrington.  I’ve already talked about simple covers I like, but these would not get my attention in a bookstore.

What I Don’t Mind (Mostly):

Cover Elements Neutral

  1. Girls In Pretty Dresses: I don’t mind this one, for the most part.  Sometimes, it feels like whoever designed the cover couldn’t think of anything else to put on the cover, but it doesn’t bug me as much as it used to.

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