“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is the saying that absolutely no one in the world follows when it comes to books. I personally believe that if the author and publisher didn’t think to put a lot of work into the cover, then who’s to say they put a lot of work into the actual book. The cover is the first thing that people see. It’s like the attention grabbing opening to a speech or a blog post. If the opening isn’t interesting, no one is going to want to read or listen to it. They will lose intrest. If you don’t have an eye catching cover, how are people supposed to get their interest peaked?
So I decided that today’s post will be my top 10 favorite covers that I own. This won’t be in a set order but they will be generally from my least favorite to my favorite. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and how you felt about them (no spoilers since I haven’t read most of these and I’m sure there are people who haven’t. Let’s just get into this.
The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid
I absolutely fell in love with this cover the moment I saw it. It’s so beautiful with the butterfly and half of it is robotic. I can’t wait to get into this story and figure out exactly how the cover will translate into the story. I can imagine how it’s going to because of the several different things you can analyze just by looking at the cover. I’ll hopefully be adding in how the cover connects to the story in my spoiler filled reviews, when I do them.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson
You’ll see a kind of theme for a couple of these. I absolutely adore dresses on covers. I have so many different books that have dresses on the cover but I decided to only include a couple of them. This is one of them. Not to mention everything that is going on with this cover. There’s the two people in the background that I’m assuming are representing the assassin that’s supposed to be chasing her and the prince she was supposed to marry, who is also chasing her. But we don’t know which is which. I absolutely cannot wait to read this book. I know it’s a series but I have been hearing mixed reviews lately about it. So I’m going to keep an open mind when going into this.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I don’t really have much to say about this cover. It’s beautiful and definitely attention grabbing for me. The premise itself wasn’t something that I would have normally reached for but I ended up getting this book in OwlCrate a few months back. I’m so grateful for OwlCrate for that exactly. Almost every book that I have recieved is one that I thought was interesting but I wouldn’t have picked up on my own for whatever reason. I’ve been doing bad about reading the books I do get but that’s alright because with my haul revisits, I will be reading them finally. Maybe I’ll make a month where I read all of the OwlCrate books I got.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Gemina is included in this also and I’m sure that the third one will be just the same. I did not like these books very much at all. If you follow me on GoodReads, you probably knew that. I’m just not a fan. I thought I liked Science Fiction but I’ve come to realize that I don’t. But this cover is beautiful. And the cover naked is even better. I love that it’s all covered and when you take off the cover, it’s just files on the naked cover. It’s gorgeous.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I don’t own Six of Crows yet or I would include that in this also. I absolutely love this cover. I love that the crow fades into the city. It’s beautiful and so well thought out. And the edges are just perfect. Six of Crows has black and Crooked Kingdom has red. It’s beautiful.
Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
These next few are all jumbled. I absolutely adore this cover. It’s prefect. And Hunting Prince Dracula (which comes out Sept 2017) is just as beautiful. If anyone wants to send me the ARC of that, I wouldn’t even be mad. SJTR was so perfect and it’s the book that got me back into reading YA. I thought that I’d be more adult if I read “adult” books. Because of this, I wasn’t enjoying reading so I barely ever did it. I decided to grab this book because, well, how can you say no to a book based on Jack the Ripper. Well, I adored this book. It shocked me at the end. I just can’t wait to read Hunting Prince Dracula.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I actually got this book from a Summer Secret Santa kind of thing. A bunch of us from Instagram got together and we ended up sending each other books! I got this one from the lovely JL! Check out her Instagram here! At first glance, this was just a normal average cover for me. But the more I looked at it, the more I realized. This cover is so well done and I’m so glad I got it to add to my collection. Thank you so much JL.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I absolutely adore this cover but I chose this as my first one because of the OwlCrate exclusive cover. They changed it to black on white instead of red on black. It’s gorgeous. I absolutely adored this story and I will definitely be rereading it one day so I can flag it. I hadn’t flagged books when I read this one but since I started, it’s made things a ton easier and I actually tend to remember things about stories more.
And that’s it! I love these covers so much. I don’t have a favorite theme of covers, if that makes sense. I love simplistic covers and I love very intricite, meaningful covers. I do think that publishers should make more of a big deal about the covers because, no matter how much we shouldn’t, everyone judges books by their covers. What are some of your favorite covers?