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Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Trends I’m a Fan Of

Hi Friends!

It is time again for another Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by the lovely bloggers at Broke and Bookish! For those of you who aren’t aware of Top Ten Tuesday it’s a weekly meme where book blogger create lists based on a particular theme.

For this week, our theme is centered around cover trends! I’ve decided to focus on cover trends I’m a fan of and although some of the trends I’ve listed below are not necessarily current (some may be a few years old now), they’re all trends that I like!

    Rivals In the City by YS Lee Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Statistical Probability of Love and First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Font Focused

I love it when a cover uses strong typography as the main focus of the cover!

     The One by Kiera Cass Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

Gowns

I’m always a sucker for a cover with a gorgeous gown on it!

     Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell All Four Stars by Tara Dairman The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Illustrations

Sometimes I get sick of covers with photos of people’s faces on them. Just give me some good ol’ illustrated cover artwork!

     Guitar Notes by Mary Amato The Diviners by Libba Bray The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Symbology

Covers that focus on a specific symbol rather than a person is always a good thing. I particularly like it as a middle grades librarian because it doesn’t alienate students based on the skin color of the cover model.

    Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Unspoken The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

Gates

There is just something so appealing and mysterious about a gorgeous wrought iron gate!

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould 2 The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist

Masks

To me masks on covers represent decadence and mystery. I like both!

    Spy School by Stuart Gibbs The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Silhouettes

This is another cool way to show a person without focusing on the cover model’s skin color!

    Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick

Boats

I have no idea why these have been popping up so much, but I like the idea of the boat representing a journey of some sort.

    The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Clockwork

Any implication of a steampunk setting and I’m all over it!

    Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan Mark of the Dragonfly The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Animals/Creatures

Animals and creatures bring another cool alternative to whitewashing book covers!

What about you? Do you also love the trends on my list or did I list some you’re not a fan of?  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Creepiest Covers

Hello and Happy Halloween week!

To celebrate Halloween this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) theme is focused on the creepiest YA book covers.

We do need to acknowledge that creepy is in the eye of the beholder. My personal creepy tolerance is pretty darn low and I get freaked out easily. Thus, I tend to stay away from horror and scary stuff in general. I think it’s because I have a great imagination and once I picture a creepy image in my mind its like the snowball effect and the image gets scarier and scarier and scarier. So yeah, I shy away from scary.

So, what YA book covers haunt my dreams? I’ll show you but you may need to hold my hand!

Unwind by Neal Shusterman1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

This reminds me of one of the images shown during the X Files theme song.

Unsouled by Neal Shusterman2. Unsouled by Neal Shusterman

Seriously. What the heck.

Starters by Lissa Price3. Starters by Lissa Price

I’m sure this wouldn’t freak me out as much if it wasn’t colored this way. But it is and it does.

Bad Girls Don't Die by Kate Alender4.  Bad Girls Don’t Die by Kate Alender

Anyone else think of that awful horrible horrifying scene in The Sixth Sense?

Dust and Decay by Jonathan Mayberry5. Dust & Decay by Jonathan Mayberry

This screaming demon lady makes me want to curl up into a ball and weep.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

What if that’s MY house?!

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz7. All of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books by Alvin Schwartz

All of my childhood nightmares were in these covers and the interior illustrations.

Silent Night 3 by R.L. Stine8. Silent Night 3 by R.L. Stine

They have DEAD eyes! (Okay so this one is a mix of creepy and hilarious!)

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick9. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

No more please. PLEASE! This one was in my book fair one year and I actually turned it over because it kept staring at me.

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan10. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

This cover has major creep factor, which is why I’d rather watch the cheesy movie than read the book!

Okay, so if these covers scared you I apologize but welcome to my world! Are there any covers that just creep you out beyond belief?  Feel free to share in the comments section below! :)