RTW: Oooo, pretty!

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This Week’s Topic:
What are your all-time favorite book covers?

I would say I generally prefer illustrated covers to photograph covers. I’m not sure why, really. And not all illustrated covers are created equal. But my favorites are the ones that have a graphic feel to them. Like Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series:

I haven’t read these books yet, but you better believe they are at the top of my TBR pile, which I will tackle once my semester ends in November. The covers are absolutely beautiful. Simple, yet colorful. Sophisticated, yet mysterious. Ah, I could stare at them all day.

I hadn’t heard of this book until today, but Veronica Roth posted it and the cover seriously took my breath away:


The black and red are so intense, and that bit of white. The wolf’s eyes, and the lips-only-faces mirroring each other. I’m dying to read this book because the cover is so amazing.

Walmart is selling some new editions of classics like Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland in the YA section and I cannot for the life of me find a picture of them, but they are beautiful! They are graphic prints as well, but kinda … I dunno, funky is the word that comes to mind. Maybe I’ll run to Wally World today and snap a picture. Does anyone else know what I’m talking about?

What kind of book covers do you drool over? Pictures of girls in the arms of their hunks? Just words? Graphic gorgeosities, like me? (I swear that’s a word.)

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6 thoughts on “RTW: Oooo, pretty!

  1. Chris Cooper says:

    Wally World is NOT Walmart. You’re mixing your classic movies with sound-bite Gen Y speak. Stop doing that. And, speaking of drugs, all the Dr. Seuss books have slam-dunk covers. Every single-wingle, dingle-pringle, how-many-times-can-you-rhyme-a-jingle one. (evidently my comments have been hijacked by a freckled gallyspookum)

  2. Colin says:

    The Steifvater covers are very distinctive. If you know what the cover to Shiver looks like, you couldn’t mistake the others for being in the same series. Good design.

  3. Kristin Laughtin says:

    Wow, those are gorgeous. They pull you in, and even with the bright colors, create a great sense of the tone suggested by their titles.

    In recent times, I quite liked the cover for Justine Larbalestier’s LIAR: http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/2009/08/06/the-new-cover/
    There was some controversy at first because they used a white model despite the protagonist being of color, but then they changed it. Both were lovely images, though.

    They were rather simple, and use photos rather than illustrations, but I quite liked the covers for Nina Revoyr’s THE AGE OF DREAMING (http://www.crimetime.co.uk/images/large/9781933354460.jpg) and The Time Traveller’s Wife. Frank Beddor’s THE LOOKING GLASS WARS series has great covers, as do Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series (Soulless, Blameless, etc.).

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