Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Cover Trends

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Week's Topic: Book Cover Trends

Trends I LOVE

Girls In Dresses

 I know this is a polarizing trend for lots of YA readers, and I think I'm in the minority when I say I actually like these covers. More often than not, I'm drawn to them and will pick up the book to see what it's all about. I've always been a girly girl and loved dressing up, so I think that's why I'm so drawn to these covers in particular.


The more colorful the cover, the more likely I am to pick it up. Likewise, I'm drawn to covers with eye-catching color contrast (like the DoSaB covers, the Twilight covers, Beautiful Creatures, etc.).

Illustrated Covers

While there are still plenty of YA books out there with pictures of real people, there seems to be a growing trend of illustrated covers, too. I really love the look of the Throne of Glass covers now that they've gone to an illustrated depiction of Celaena rather than an edited photograph. 

Trends That Need to STOP

Mid-series Cover Changes

No. Just, no. I don't know why publishers suddenly decide mid-series that the current cover designs are no longer good enough, but it DRIVES ME CRAZY! I'm one of those bookworms that get twitchy when their books don't match. I'll admit that sometimes the change is for the better (like with the Throne of Glass series), but for the most part the change makes the book stand out less (like with the Across the Universe books). The original cover designs were so much more appealing and eye-catching.

What are some of your favorite/least favorite cover trends? Do we share any favorites?


  1. I love illustrated covers, and hope we see more of them. They're just more personal, and let me use more imagination in picturing the characters.

    My TTT

  2. I get so annoyed when the covers change mid way through a series. It's so frustrating, especially when I want to collect hardcovers of a series. I also tend to prefer illustrated covers to photographs.

  3. I love illustrated covers as well. They always catch my eye! :-) Great list!

  4. I love illustrated covers and color covers...they are awesome!
    I agree about the trends that need to stop!
    Kisses from Spain ^^

  5. I looooooove illustrations and colors. These make for some of my FAVORITE covers. And yes, mid series redesigns need to STOP. I am so sad that the Throng of Glass hardcover is still in the original design, it's screwing up my collection.

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  6. I really like illustrated covers too, if they're done well =)

    Great post! Here's my TTT

  7. Mid-series cover changes made my list too! It really bugs me because you either have to pay out to get the whole series again or just have a mis-matched series of books. Why do people do this, it's just mean!
    Colour is also a favourite of mine, I really love it when a series sticks to the same colour theme throughout. I rally do love the cover for A Thousand Pieces of You, love the change in colours.
    This is a great list! Some great ideas :)


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