This Tuesday is a freebie, so I thought I’d follow up on a post I did a few weeks ago about covers I wished I could redesign. Some of the books on that list were really, really good. This week, I wanted to talk about my favorite covers of books that I have read–a few of them which were hiding some pretty awful books.
Looking back, these two posts drive home the point don’t judge a book by its cover, though I typically do. I will totally buy and read a book based on its cover. But this doesn’t always mean that I’ll enjoy it.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
This book probably has the most beautiful cover in all the land, and definitely the most beautiful cover of any book that I have read. That said, I hated this book. I was so disappointed! I haven’t read anything by Stiefvater since then…which I hear probably isn’t the best move, since she has a lot of fans in this corner of blogland.
Paper Towns by John Green
I read this recently–you can catch my review here. I wasn’t blown away by this book, but I really love this cover, more so than the other versions of it. I like how it’s symmetrical and the background is blurred. I like the colors. The only thing I don’t like is the font used for the author’s name and title, and how “Paper Towns” is shaped, and how John Green’s name is just as big as the title. But I can overlook those things.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Again, I love this symmetry. I also love the symbolism. I love the pale, veiny vampire arms. I love the red and black. I love the swirly serif font of the title. This cover just looks so interesting. It pulls you in. And honestly, I really enjoyed this book–more so in high school than when I reread it last year, but still. I loved it a lot back in the day, probably partially due to my love of this cover.
Luna by Julie Anne Peters
I bought this book at a book fair my freshman year of high school and instantly fell in love. This is the cover of my copy, but there are other versions that are used more often, though they are inferior to the glory that is this cover. The orange draws you in. The cutout of the butterfly is perfectly placed and really symbolic. The title “Luna” is actually written on the first page. Its such a simple cover, but is so gorgeous. And the book itself is fantastic.
Abarat by Clive Barker
THIS COVER. *SWOONS* The title, for one, can be read upside-down. That is right, you heard me correctly. If you look at this book upside-down, the title still reads the same way. There’s probably a word for that but I’m not sure what it is. Like a visual palindrome.
The book itself is filled with many wonderful and stunning illustrations by the author. The cover shows nine of them.AND THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. I can’t get over it. I read this book years ago and never finished its equally stunning sequel, but now I’m thinking I’ll have to go back and revisit them. (P.S. I JUST FOUND OUT IT IS PART OF A QUINTET WHAT BYE.)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This cover is so unique and creepy and inviting all at once. I remember seeing it at Walmart for the longest time and always wanting to look through the photos. In fact, I think it’s an interesting idea to write a story inspired by photographs. While this wasn’t the most fantastic story on the planet, I did enjoy it quite a bit. But that cover is unforgettable.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
I just love the simplicity of this one.
Gossamer by Lois Lowry
K, ignore the weird dolphin logo in the corner of the photo because that’s not on the actual cover. I bought this book in middle school at a book fair after I had just read The Giver. I loved (and still love) the cover. The transparency of the girl (“Littlest One”), the black background with the colorful title. Everything is placed so nicely.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
I included Chamber of Secrets in my post about covers I wish I could redesign, which made me kinda feel awful because I REALLY LOVE THE ARTWORK in the American versions.Of all of them, I think Order of the Phoenix is my favorite. I love the blue and the motion of the room around Harry, with the tails of the candles trailing to the left. You really get the sense that the room is spinning. I also like the wispy letters in the title. I really like Halfblood Prince‘s cover, too.
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
I remember the first time I saw this cover. I was at the register of a book store and had just checked out when I saw it behind the cashier. I wanted to stop and grab it, but a mixture of embarrassment and being in a hurry stopped me. A few years later I bought it and discovered that it’s actually a pretty famous book…and a pretty good one. I still love this cover–how the mouse fades into the white background and the way “Flowers for Algernon” is scrawled in Charlie’s handwriting.
Out of all of these, which one is your favorite? Do you agree/disagree? What is your favorite book cover? Do you judge books based on their covers? Let me know!
P.S. I bought Dorothy Must Die and The Martian over the weekend because you all have been raving about both of them. I haven’t read them yet, but they both have delicious covers and I’m so excited. =)
–Emily currently listening to: Down in the Valley by The Head and the Heart