“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.
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!