Monday, August 15, 2011

Book Chatter (6): What's the Cover got to do with it?

Pull up a chair, relax, and let’s discuss the wonderful world of books.

Do you enjoy discussing anything and everything pertaining to books? YES!

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Every week, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on various book topics and offering prizes that pertain to the topic at hand. That’s not all – You will get to choose the weekly topic by voting on which topic to discuss for the following week. You will also be able to suggest topics by clicking on this FORM.


What's the Cover got to do with it?

When I’m looking for the next book to take me to out-of-this-world escapism, lately these lyrics come to mind:

You’re so hypnotizing
Could you be the devil
Could you be an angel


Your touch magnetizing
Feels like I am floating
Leaves my body glowing ~E.T. by Katy Perry



Imagine browsing the isles of your local bookstore, and then BAM - the cover of a book captures your attention.  It’s gorgeous, unique, and makes you want to sneak a peek. And when you pick up the book, not only is the cover mesmerizing, the touch and feel of the book has you quickly ensnared and flipping through the book to read the summary. Does this sound like you? Well, it certainly fits me.
  
That’s right! I LOVE book covers. I’ll buy a book just because of the cover. More often than not, a cover can make or break a book. It’s that old cliché, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” that I oftentimes tend to ignore. While beautiful covers grab my attention, some great books get skipped over because of unattractive or mediocre covers. One book in particular that I always think of is Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. I did not like the cover and would not have read the book if it wasn’t for the great reviews from my friends. So whether the book has a beautiful cover or not, you have a 50/50 shot of getting a great book. But it doesn’t hurt to entice me by beauty or uniqueness.

We could also spin this topic around and take a look at all the book covers that have absolutely nothing at all to do with the book. Sometimes, readers may even be annoyed when cover model is portrayed differently than the book’s description. I do find myself a little disgruntled with covers that do face shots. I like to imagine what I think the characters would look like, especially when the majority of the time the cover models are not what I imagined. Then I’m left with a snapshot of the cover model detracting from an otherwise good reading experience. I know it’s really out of the author’s hands about the covers but it would be really nice if they had more input. Maybe we’d see better covers. But hey, what can you do?

Some of my favorite book covers of 2011 so far are  (I could go on and on but I’ll do my top 15): How I picked this list: If I was in a bookstore, these covers would automatically make me pick up the book.

The Unbecoming of MaraDyer by Michelle Hodkin
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Wither by Lauren Destefano
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
Destined by Jessie Harrell
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
After Obsession by Carrie Jones
Everneath by Ashton Brodi
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Elemental Reality by Cesya MaRae Cuono

My favorite book covers from 2010 were Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick & Fallen by Lauren Kate.
My favorite series book covers are The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

What are some of your favorite Book Covers? Do they portray the book?


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Contest ends @ 11:59pm (CST) August 29, 2011. US & Canadian Residents only.

19 comments:

  1. I'm a true cover whore. I love book covers and its amazing how they influence my ideas of the book.

    All of the covers you've mentioned in this post, are ones I really appreciate too. My favorite covers are illustrations. I'm just not drawn as much to a photographic cover.

    I think one of my favorite covers this year was Imaginary Girls. Though I'm still trying to figure out how all the elements fit with the book. That book was a true mystery to me. I also REALLY enjoyed Wither's cover. This cover had so much going on and everything fit into the story line somehow. Amazing.!

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  2. I really like the Paranormalcy/Supernaturally covers. Another favorite is The Dark Divine cover from 2010. That cover had next to nothing to do with the book's content. But it was beautifully done.

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  3. I like simple shiny covers. One that stands out for me is The Vespertine...it's so beautiful. Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series covers are shiny and so cool looking. I bought them based on cover, haven't read any of them though.

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  4. @Gina - Yes I love Imaginary Girls' Cover. But I have not read the book.
    Wither is one of my favorites - everything just clicks with the book!

    @LinWash - I agree about The Dark Divine Series - nothing to do with the books, but the covers are standouts!

    @Melissa - The Vespertine's Cover is beautiful. I loved the book 2!

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  5. Some of my favorite covers are
    Hush Hush, but I didn't enjoy the book, so it left a bad taste in my mouth. This is actually the beginning, I love the cover, then don't like the book. It's happened more frequently since Hush Hush as well.
    Die for Me, I loved that the re-worked the cover. Until I read it. Then I hated it. The first cover where she's in the boat makes much more sense to the story.
    I really loved Nightshade until they gave it a new cover. One of my favorite covers so far was Wolfsbane until they changed it. So frustrating!!! The new Wolfsbane really angers me. She has long hair in the picture, which is in complete CONTRAST to her character in the novel. I actually haven't purchased Wolfsbane yet because of the cover. I did listen to the audio and loved it, so I'm on the fence. So irritating to buy a book that I don't like the cover to, but the story was great!!!
    GAH!

    I should stop ranting lol.

    I will say that I want to sell my Uglies series since the re-did the covers. They are gorgeous!!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  6. I agree 100% about the Nightshade Series! I love the original covers but the remakes just don't do it for me. But hey, that's just me. LOL

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  7. Thanks for the EVERNEATH shout out! And oh man, that Hush Hush cover is so spectacular.

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  8. I'm weird about covers and am getting a little sick of cover models. I love a lot of the MG covers coming out like Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu and The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell.

    I am absolutely in love with the covers for the Bloody Jack series as well.

    I also like unusual covers like Sweetly by Jackson Pearce and Wildwood by Colin Meloy.

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  9. I picked Silence – Becca Fitzpatrick but there are so many I could've chosen! The Clockwork Prince being one of them ^^
    Thank you!

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  10. I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately I do not have the patience to read every summary of a book. Therefore, I look for the books that catch my eye and look interesting.

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  11. I have a few favorites. The forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan and The Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr. Both covers are beautifully done and they really capture the feel of the book.

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  12. I also love book covers...and I definitely judge books by them. I know I shouldn't, but I can't help but think that if the book is amazing, its cover will be, too.

    I completely agree about Nightshade, too. LOVED the old covers...the new ones, not so much. I won't say that I hate them, but I definitely don't like them. I am so glad I have an ARC of Wolfsbane because then I at least get an ARC with the pretty original cover design. :)

    I think we're definitely in sync with covers that we like because the Mortal Instruments covers will always be some of my favorites...I love how shiny they are, plus COB has a hot shirtless dude on it...who doesn't win that scenario. ;P

    Some of the newer ones I'm totally in love with are Silence's cover...that whole series is just gorgeous! Everneath...so pretty! and of course Clockwork Prince...although I do like Will's cover on CA a bit more, only because I love Will so much though. haha (I love most of the ones you mentioned if that isn't already totally obvious! haha)

    And one that you haven't mentioned that I absolutely love is the new paperback cover of Reckless by Cornelia Funke...it has a hot guy on it...so freaking awesome. ;)

    I'm loving all these discussions so far, Tina, and thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  13. ah I love this topic. Sometimes the cover is just so random, it drives me nuts, so I LOVE it when it's gorgeous, eye-catching, and when the cover does have to do with the story. :)

    I am ashamed to say I haven't read any of those books, but I've heard great things about Clockwork Prince (I read the Mortal Instruments series though) and it sounds like the cover does go great with the story. Two of my friends were talking to me about it a few months ago. Sounds like a very exciting book and series.

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  14. Hourglass's cover was one of my most favorites. I get all excited about covers but I do admit most of the ones on your list were pretty awesome.
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  15. I've never read them (yet) but I love the Cassandra Clare Covers. I also loved the Becca Fitzpatrick ones (even more than the actual book) I also liked the Mockingjay cover
    contestmom AT hotmail DOT com

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  16. I'm also the Judge a book by the cover girl :/ I know I shouldn't but some covers are just SO PRETTY! I LOVE them and I have to read that book!

    Of course I've read amazing books with not so amazing cover and Amazing covers that belong to a crappy book x)

    My favorite cover would be.... hmm I have a few: Fallen, Rules of Attraction, Entwined and Forbidden :)

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  17. I love the covers of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally very pretty! I love book covers hush hush has some pretty ones for her books! Thank you for sharing great books!

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  18. Book covers are important to me when it comes to buying a book, but not necessarily when it comes to just reading it. If a book has an ugly cover then I'll just borrow it from the library or something.

    I'll actually pay more for a book with a beautful cover than a cheaper version with an ugly or boring cover on it.

    I fell in love with the covers of the Need books by Carrie Jones. I'm actually considering buying the entire series just to have those gorgeous books on my shelves, even though I haven't started the series yet and I'm not sure how much I'll like it. :)

    It was actually the covers of the Fallen series that got me to pick up the books. Those and the covers of the Across the Universe series are my favorites.

    klamber1 at unca dot edu

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  19. I have to say that yes...i do judge a book by it's cover, but I can't help loving the prettiness of them!

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