I would be lying if I said I never judged a book by its cover. But while a book cover does play a role in influencing my decision to read said book or not, it does not guarantee that I would buy the book. I don’t always buy a book solely for the cover.
However, there are books whose covers are so pretty that they pretty much live in my mind, rent-free.
After reading Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction’s What Draws Me To A Book Cover? post, I thought I to analyse my own tastes and list the types of covers that catch my eye.
Covers that play off of the different colours immediately catch my eye. It gives a colourful minimalist look especially with the clean lines. For example, in The Vanishing Half, I like how the colours intersect but never truly blend in. In the case of My Dark Vanessa, the pink background and red hair contrast each other but I find it more interesting how the cover artist chose a baby pink for a dark book.
I love that there are more illustrated covers but it’s even more amazing for me to see brown-skinned girls on the cover! It’s not my preference to have characters on the cover of a book but seeing covers like With The Fire On High, The Black Tides of Heaven, and Set Fire To The Gods, I can’t help but come to love them.
I was going to refer to this as body horror but that might sound a bit too much or dark; I love how artists meld the human body with either animals, plants, or the supernatural. I don’t mean body horror as something violent but almost a re-imagining, I suppose.
How cool do they look? I absolutely love, love covers that showcase angry, defiant characters. Characters who are done with being pushed to the side; who stare right back from the page just daring you to deny their presence.
Covers that not only draw the characters but add in little details makes the story feel so much personal. For example, when I first came across the cover for The Empress of Salt and Fortune, I was not sure what the animals on the front had to do with the story until I read it. I love book covers that make do a double take; turning back to the cover at the end of a story trying to place each of its details.
🌸 THE EMPRESS OF SALT AND FORTUNE BY NGHI VO: A BEAUTIFUL NARRATIVE ON FIERCE FRIENDSHIPS AND THE ANGER OF WOMEN
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