Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover–Issue Thirty-Eight: Contemporary (Part 7)

“Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover” is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design. This feature is 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!

The last two weeks have seen an almost unbelievable number of cover reveals from a number of publishers, including Harper Collins and Bloomsbury, providing a veritable smörgåsbord of beautiful designs and concepts to choose from. Most happily of all, the vast majority of these covers were for contemporary novels, my preferred genre of choice. Which is why today I’ll be revisiting this genre for the seventh – yes, I said seventh – time. Some of my favourite covers this week include Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert, Between The Notes by Sharon Huss Roat, When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez, Invincible by Amy Reed, Mosquitoland by David Arnold, What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi and Silhouetted By The Blue by Traci L. Jones.

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert ● Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer ● Between The Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

Nona & Me by Clare Atkins ● The Stager by Susan Coll ● Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Kissing In America by Margo Rabb ● The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi ● When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery ● The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre ● Semi-Charmed Life by Nora Zelevansky

Invincible by Amy Reed ● Mosquitoland by David Arnold ● Terms & Conditions by Robert Glancy

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi ● Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters ● The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher

Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L. Jones ● Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman ● Between Us and The Moon by Rebecca Maizel

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. Ah, so many pretty covers! I really like covers that are illustrated or have typography on them, but I think that my favorite of thins group is Between the Notes. I just love the colors and how the houses were drawn. Great post!
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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.