What Draws Me to a Book Cover? Let’s Discuss.

Posted June 10, 2020 by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction in Let's Discuss / 39 Comments

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.



  • Diversity

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!

What attracts you to a book cover? I want to know!


39 responses to “What Draws Me to a Book Cover? Let’s Discuss.

  1. I LOVE this post! I too judge books by their covers. I can’t help it! I’ve tried to stop, but I can’t haha! One thing I DO NOT like on covers is people. I may be the only person, but I can’t stand people on the covers! But I will make an exception. If it’s like a chick lit book with cartoonish people, I don’t mind that. So I understand your like for illustrations. But those covers with the sexy guy/girl/couple or just plain people in general BOTHERS ME! It’s a weird pet peeve I have. My favorite covers are just bold colors with the title in big font and some type of textured background. I’m weird, I know…

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  2. Lots of color definitely catches my eye, and yes, I do like a good illustrated cover. However, I have also been drawn to covers with great photos. I had a whole discussion with my daughter about the pros and cons of people on the covers, but part of me likes to have that base image to work with. I would say the synopsis has to do some heavy lifting, when there are little to no images on the cover. I guess a good font is a good font, but it’s not enough for me

  3. I agree with a lot of your opinions! Illustrated covers are the best. I also love when a cover has some sort of cool physical element on it, like gold foil or spray painted pages. I guess this more counts for the physical copy of the book, but those are some little details I can appreciate.

    If a book has a POC on the cover, it always catches my eye, because there is definitely a lack of representation there. Someone just recommended Cinderella is Dead to me and I now I really want it!

  4. This was such a fun post! I’m also such a sucker for illustrated covers! There’s something about them that just draws me in! But this goes with fonts for me as well. I don’t mind a minimalist cover, as long as the background is bright and beautiful and the typography is striking!

    I’ve noticed that I adore sunset colors. Bright oranges, pinks, blues, and purples, especially when some of these colors are combined!But really any great color combo can win me over!

    I also like sharp details instead of blurred or blocked images. I like learning as much as I can just by looking at a cover.

    Right now two of my favorite covers include Felix Ever After and A Rogue of One’s Own. Both of these covers are illustrated with such a great color palette that it makes me happy every time I look at them!

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    I do like a lot of illustrated covers. And that version of Cinderella is Dead is BEAUTIFUL!! I never really thought about it, but I do like a book cover with a little drama to it. Makes you stop and stare for sure.


  6. Cool post idea! I’m looking at my shelves right now, and I seem to be drawn to nature scenes and books that are blue. I also like covers that seem simple but are actually pretty detailed if you stare at them, like the cover for A Darker Shade of Magic.

  7. Like you I can’t help but judge by covers, even if it is only a little bit. Recently there was some big debate over the new trend in romance covers to be more of the cartoonish covers and how that confused people about whether it was steamy or sweet. I love the new types of covers because I don’t feel quite as bashful holding one of those books up when I’m reading in public as the steamy half naked guys on a cover make me feel. Fun post and I like a lot of the covers you shared!

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  8. Oh these are great covers! Vivid colors are what often draws me to a book cover, too. I’m less likely to be interested if it’s just people on the cover, or if there are no image. Though sometimes text-only covers can have great color schemes, and those are still eye-catching.

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  9. It is quite hard to come up with posts. I think a big part of it has to be about being vulnerable and sharing bits of our lives that we wouldn’t normally share.

  10. Fun post and a gorgeous selection of covers. I’m drawn to a lot of the same types of covers you are. I love bright, vibrant colors and surprising/unexpected elements. The Girl in Red is one of my recent favorites.

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