Today, Tom and I are discussing ten book cover trends that we like/dislike.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish! -J & T
10. The Sunglasses - like!
Have to admit - I love this trend, simply because I think that everyone has relied on a pair of sunglasses at some point or another, to vogue their way through the day.
9. The real-life portrait session - dislike!
I don't know why - I think it's because I like to imagine the characters as I see them in my mind, and really realistic covers kind of take away from that.
Also, this does not reflect in anyway how I feel about Since You've Been Gone - I really liked the book!
8. Teens looking up at things - like!
You have this with Neal Schusterman and Eric Elfman's Tesla's Attic, Rick Riordan's The Red Pyramid and Marissa Burt's Story's End.
There's just a sense of anticipation and danger, as the protagonists take on whatever the book is about to throw at them!
7. Girls flinging themselves mid-air/over space - dislike!
You have this with Ashes on the Waves and Save Me by Jenny Elliot, just to name a few.
I don't know - what do you guys think?
6. Illustrated covers - like!
I think the first time I saw this trend was with the Penguin deluxe edition of Cold Comfort Farm. I'm now seeing it a lot more in YA, including One Many Guy by Michael Barakiva, The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel and Leigh Ann Kopans's First World Problems.
5. Faceless/headless covers - dislike!
But I think it also makes the book feel kind of outdated. This trend is used in 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, The Falconer by Elizabeth May, and The Year of Chasing Dreams by Lurlene McDaniel.
4. The back of people's heads - like!
But for some reason, I always think that when you see the back of a person's head on a cover, you're seeing them just as they're about to face some cool, new reality or step into the great unknown.
You see this in Phoebe North's Starbreak, Rachel Carter's Find Me Where the Water Ends, and Sharon Biggs Waller's A Mad Wicked Folly.
3. Couple holding hands or touching feet - dislike!
I've seen this on Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik, and How To Meet Boys by Catherine Clark.
(I do love all of these books, though!!)
2. Bold typography that dominates the cover! - like!
I've seen this on This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy, and of course, Stephanie Perkins's books.