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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: Cover Art I’d Frame

Hiya!

I totally judge books by their covers! I know it’s wrong…but I don’t care! I just a sucker for a pretty cover and in the YA world there are tons of lovely covers out there, but sometimes you get some that just stand out above the rest.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Cover Art I’d Frame”. I guess if I’m thinking about book cover art as “frameable” I tend to lean towards those that are illustrated. There are probably other cover I’d consider “frameworthy” floating around out there, but here are ten that just stand out as lovely.

Serafina's Promise by Ann E BurgSerafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg

I love the muted pastel colors and the shape of the girl’s arms.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail CarrigerThe Finishing School series by Gail Garriger

These covers are just so strikingly beautiful that I’d want them hanging in a fancy dressing room, if I was wealthy enough to have a fancy dressing room, that is.

The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

When you look at this cover closely you see just how detailed and gorgeous the brush strokes are.

Chomp by Carl HiaasenAny of Carl Hiassen’s middle grades book covers

The simplicity and vivid colors of his covers just draw me in. They remind me of the paper cutouts of Matisse.

After the Snow by SD CrockettAfter the Snow by S.D. Crockett

I actually haven’t read this book, but I’ve always loved the look of these trees.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

This one is prettier without the text over it because the title is covering the horse and rider’s reflection in the water.

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue ParkA Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

I love the simplicity of the silhouette and sunset.

The Lion, The WItch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (cover illustrations by Pauline Baynes)

Nothing beats classically illustrated book covers like these.

The Goose Girl by Shannon HaleThe Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (illustrated by Alison Jay)

Jay did the artwork for the first three books in this series and they’re so bulbous and beautiful!

Princess Academy by Shannon HalePrincess Academy by Shannon Hale (illustrated by Tim Zeltner)

This has always been one of my favorite covers. I just adore the touch of whimsy Zeltner’s work has. I actually like his non book covers even better than this!

Well, would you frame any of the book covers I’ve selected this week?