I know I’m not the only one that picks up a book at a bookstore purely because of the color of the spine. It’s a natural instinct to reach for what looks good to me even if I end up missing some awesome books just because of a “boring” cover. Below are some of my favorite book covers. I’ll explain why I like them and also whether the book itself stood up to the cover’s high standards.
Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally
The spine of this book has dark writing on a pale, solid background, which is automatically appealing to my eye. I love the silhouette aspect of the design. It allows for some feeling of what’s inside but also leaves the text readable and clear. I actually love this book. It sits in my ‘family’ category on my bookshelf. Lovely story about two sisters in an arty family. I would also say that the story inside is not quite so swirly and “girly”(not the best descriptor but it works) as the cover leads you to believe; the characters have some spunk.
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney
This is a well done cover. It is colorful. It is easy to read. And it gives a really good idea of the artist’s style. This book is amazing. You should read it. That is all.
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Julie Murphy, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, and Ibi Zoboi
This is another cover where the immediate draw was the dark lettering and light base color, but that’s not the main reason I love this one. The book is a collection of short love stories from various authors. As I went through the book I made a sort of game out of trying to match the the lovers in the stories to the people on the cover and that was really fun. Really sweet stories as well; I think I read it all one morning in bed.
Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia
This is the only book on this list where I didn’t end up liking the book inside the cover. I love the concept of putting words the related to ideas in the book on the front. The title was easy to read. Really great cover overall. the book, not so much. As stated on the front the main character is the antihero and I just really struggled with that. If I was going to be in the mind and body of someone besides myself I’d like to enjoy the person, ya’ know? Interesting idea, though.
Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
Firstly, let me just say, I am a huge A.S. King fan. In fact, I’ve written a whole post about all of her books I’ve read and the ones I want to read. You may start to see pattern in these covers in that I always love the simpler ones. With this book specifically, the cover really does give a feeling of the book. I would go as far to say that most of A.S. King’s covers do that. This book is an amazing, beautiful tornado of writing.
I hope you liked that little round up. I’ll definitly be doing more of these in the future. Also, let me know if you’d like to see some of my least favorite covers in the comments. Hugs!