I’ve been in a bit of a blogging and reading slump lately, and I started to think about a post I could write that would just feel plain fun. I landed on covers because I am one of those people who unabashedly judges a book by its cover, and I find it so fascinating how people are drawn to different aspects of a book cover and how my tastes vary drastically with some other bloggers’.
So, what draws me to a book cover? I decided to analyze some of my recent favorites and came up with a few categories:
- Illustrated Covers!
I actually came back up to the top and added this after I was done with the rest of the post because I realized that every single cover that caught my eye for this post was illustrated. Which isn’t to say that I don’t like covers that aren’t illustrated, but it’s not that often that one really wows me.
- Vivid Colors
I absolutely love vivid colors and lots of contrast. Just feast your eyes on the cover for Song for a Whale—pure colorful gorgeousness!!! The colors in these other covers really pop as well!
- A Bit of Drama
There is so much I love about these covers. Take The Elephant’s Girl, for instance: The storm cloud, the arresting and quirky font, the windswept hair and the way the girl is being cradled by an elephant. So many dramatic elements that come together beautifully! And looking at these other covers, you can just feel the drama!
- Surprising/Interesting Elements
Just take a look at the amazing cover for The Beast Player. This cover has lots of drama, but the best thing about it is that you don’t notice at first that the MC is actually standing on a beast! The other covers I’m featuring also have interesting or surprising elements that draw the eye.
I definitely find myself drawn to books with POC characters on the covers. I chose to highlight the UK cover of Cinderella Is Dead because, even though I love the US cover too, the UK cover also has added drama!
One thing I like less on covers:
- Typography Only/Minimalistic – If the cover is only the title with not much else to it, I’m generally not a fan (though there have been exceptions). Likewise, illustrated covers that just show small random objects don’t usually get me excited.
I’m sure there are plenty of other elements that attract me to a cover (or turn me away), but those are the ones that came to mind when glancing through Goodreads. I thought it was fun to analyze this!