Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Eight: Contemporary (Part 2)

“Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover” is a semi-regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader inspired by Katie’s feature Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time. The idea is being used with her gracious permission.

I think we’re all familiar with the age-old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. And you know what I have to say about that? Rubbish! Covers are an invaluable part of a book’s package. A truly great cover can tell you a lot about the novel contained within its pages. Book covers can also catch your attention and attract you to a novel you might otherwise ignore. So go ahead, judge a book by its cover – We all do it!

For the eighth instalment of Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover, I’ve decided to re-visit the contemporary genre! Because it’s my favourite genre of all and the one I’m most familiar with, there is a seemingly endless series of covers that I adore and want to highlight but the selection is so vast I’ve been forced to split them into a number of different entries. This time around I tried to focus more heavily on illustrated covers as that’s the style I tend to prefer on book covers of all genres. That said, I’m also particularly taken with the cover for Learning Not To Drown, which I find both beautiful and chilling.

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite contemporary covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I noticed that a lot of these contemporary covers are foreign editions or paperbacks! The foreign editions are definitely more graphic and less photographic, but I like it all the same. I especially love The Probability of Miracles and Attachments. Beautiful post as always, Jen!
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    1. Thank you, Jen! I’m so pleased that you noticed – I definitely tried to branch out a little more with this edition as there are many times when I prefer the foreign or alternate editions of book covers over their mainstream counterparts. 😀 I think the alternate cover for The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is the perfect example of this. I adore both of the ones I included in this week’s post!
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  2. You picked some beautiful covers and also from other edtions which I really love!
    Take “Severed Heads Broken Hearts” I love this cover so much better than the US yellow version “The Beginning of Everything”.

    My favorite Contemporary cover might be Meant To Be – I loved the book, but I also love the cover so so much!

    And when it goes to only photographic covers, CRASH INTO YOU – LOVE it, has a interesting angle and love the colors!
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    1. Thank you so much, Danny 😀 I really appreciate your comments on these posts every week *Hugs*

      I also prefer the cover for Severed Heads Broken Hearts in this edition over the U.S version! Granted, I do tend to gravitate toward covers that feature the colour blue generally, but I prefer the illustrations and overall design much more as well.

      I like the cover for Meant To Be in theory, but it has always bothered me that the image of the couple is a little too dark. I love the rainbow-coloured burst behind them, but I always found the image of the couple a little muddy. Otherwise, it’s perfect!
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  3. So much gorgeousness. ;D

    It’s really hard to pick the ways that are my favorites, but I think I love the ones that doesn’t use an photographic image for the covers. I feel myself drawn to them, specifically Vaclav & Lena and No One Else Can Have You. And the different typefaces make me squeal in joy.

  4. I know a lot of these books, but I haven’t seen most of these covers! I’m not really an illustrated cover girl, but I do think that the talent that goes into the creation is amazing. Many illustrated covers are simple, but the placement of objects and color choices have to be just right to be able to pull off a well-done illustrated cover. I think the cover for The Probability of Miracles is gorgeous, as is the Eleanor and Park one.

    I like covers similar to that of Love Letters to the Dead. I’m a big fan of different typefaces and basically anything that involves the sky (I have a weird obsession with sunsets/dusk/sunrises).

    Btw, I love these posts!
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Jen is a thirty-something Canadian book blogger and bibliophile currently residing in the wilds of suburbia. Aside from a penchant for older men, particularly those with the surnames Firth, Elba and Norton, Jen is also passionately interested in running, Mad Men, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to being a voracious reader and self-proclaimed television addict, Jen is also an aspiring children and youth services librarian who would like to pursue a MLIS and better help readers find the perfect book for them.