I am really excited about this week's topic. I'm a very visual person, so when I found out our topic this week is Top Ten Favorite Covers of Books I've Read, I was practically giddy! Then my face fell as I realized I was going to have to narrow down my favorite covers. Yikes. Though it was difficult, I think I was able to do it... for the most part. I know I'm leaving so many out! Le sigh.
I do judge a book by its cover, as I'm sure many people do. It's the first thing that grabs me. Whether it be the image, colors or the font, the cover has to draw me in. Now just because I love the cover, doesn't necessarily mean I love the book. I wish it always worked out that way, but it doesn't. Alas. As far as covers go, there are some things that will either draw me in or push me away. I'm not real fond of faces being visible. If I can see the face of the person on the cover, it's like cheating me out of the opportunity to visualize the character myself. Like I mentioned above, I'm quite fond of fonts and color (or the lack of color). I think those two elements can set the mood very well, when done correctly. So yeah... I love covers!
In no particular order, here are just ten covers I love to bits:
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher - I don't know what it is about this one, but I love looking at it. It's kind of eerie, in a way. The leaves, the cogs, the key, the colors, even the font! All those things just draw my eyes and I can't look away. Not to mention that in person it's shiny and breathtaking.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale - I love everything about this. The stylized art, the cracked look, the color and font. It works so well that I freaked out when I saw the fourth book wasn't going to have the same design! I couldn't buy it... not if it didn't look gorgeous like my other books in the series. I'm so glad I waited though, because they came out with a special cover to match the rest. Now my set is complete and gorgeous! Yay!
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - What isn't there to love about this? The font is awesome, the little characters are interesting and there's so much to catch your eye. You could look for ages in those thorns and find new little bits. Plus the three color scheme works pretty well.
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke - This one is a little creepy, but there are bits of beauty and wonder in there too. I love all three covers in this series, but this one is still my favorite. I mean, just look at the image that makes the skulls mouth! Gorgeous.
Withering Tights by Louise Rennison - Honestly, this cover is just fun. I mean, it looks like a package of tights. Tights! I don't think I'll ever get over how adorable this is.
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma - I may have seriously disliked this book (as is evident in my review), but I love the cover. The picture doesn't really do the colors justice, they're so brilliant and striking. The cover is what grabbed me and made me pick up the book... I just wish I had liked the story.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer - I don't know how anybody would be able to resist loving this cover, it's just that brilliant. It definitely stands out in the crowd, which is good because it rocks and more people should buy it and read it and fall in love with it. Also, I want that font. (my review)
Do you judge a book by its cover? Do you have any cover pet peeves (like visible faces or SO MANY dresses)? Let me know in the comments below!