Thursday, 31 July 2014

Top Trends in YA Book Covers


'Don't judge a book by its cover.' Who actually follows that saying in its literal meaning? I don't, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I remember when I used to go to the library when I was little and my mum would pick out books from the shelf to see if there were any I was interested in. 'How about this one? That sounds good.' Yeah, they sounded good. But it was always the cover which would make or break the deal for me.

Anyway, I'm here today to show you some rather awesome book covers. When they're all next to each other you can really see what trends are popular. First up is...


As much as I would love to read this book, sadly I don't own it, but that can't stop me from admiring the gorgeous cover! Using those filters was a clever move by the designer, that's for sure, because this is going to appeal to the Instagrammers of our generation whether they like reading or not! Also, Converse always get the thumbs-up from me (I have been more than a little obsessed for sixteen years now) and the blue writing...*faints from the prettiness*

Edit: I now own the book!

Themes: People / Marker pen / Filters / Sun



Unsurprisingly, Andrew Smith would win the award for 'greenest book cover ever' if there was such a thing. I haven't read this yet - sorry Egmont - but I've recently noticed the one-colour trend in YA books. Luckily, I'm a big fan of bright and bold books, otherwise that would be pretty annoying... But I could stare at these all day. Who's with me?

Themes: Limited colour palette / Bold shapes and silhouettes / Capital letters



Well, would you look at that...a book in this post which I've actually read. I love the cover of The Elites just as much as I love the story inside it. It really does suit the book perfectly. Definitely worth checking out, even if it is just so you can admire the amazing cover from the comfort of your own home!

Themes: White, green, and yellow / Staring / Weapons / Light and dark



So, I have a confession. I'm kind of in love with this cover. I haven't read the book yet (although I do have a lovely signed edition) but you already know that colourful book covers practically beg me to pick them up. Well, mixed with an awesome illustration, this is one hell of a pretty book. 


Geek Girl is pretty awesome and became extremely popular very quickly. I'm not such a big fan of the cover, but it did remind me of these three... what's with the sunglasses, people? It's not even that bright on my bookshelf.

Spies / Sunglasses / Mystery / Faces / Red, white and blue
But there are more serious cover trends that can't be ignored. For example, how many white people are on book covers? A lot. What about everyone else? Even in this blog post, while skin colour isn't a main focus, nearly everyone is white. Michelle at Fluttering Butterflies recently published an excellent blog post on that and you can see it here - it's well worth reading.

Which covers are your favourite? Have you noticed any other trends in YA?


23 comments:

  1. I like your category names (e.g. BADASS PEOPLE COVERS lol) ant the gorgeous typography you used! I'd say that 'The Elites' cover really drew me in (so cool!). But the hipster-ish covers...I feel like they're pretty at first, but I might get tired of looking at them. (Well, maybe.)

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  2. Illustrated covers are a favorite of mine! I like it more than covers with real people in them, except for the Hipster ones (I like those too). :D

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    1. Yeah, sometimes covers with people on can be a bit strange when you've already got an idea of what the character looks like in your head. I think it's better when they're not really big on the cover and more like the first books in the post :)

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  3. I love the badass girl covers! :P And the hipster-ish ones. x)

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  4. what a great post Amber, Im new to YA books but love a lot of the covers as theyre so funky and colourful.
    Gill

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    1. Thank you! If you ever need some YA recommendations you know where to find me ;D

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    2. I may well take you up on that offer Amber, thank you

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  5. I don't know why but I really love the books with one colour, although I do have issues with blue. It causes me to have headaches and the words to go blury. However much I loved the fault in our stars, I couldn't get myself to admire the cover for as long as I would have hoped. Also, I am finding that hipster covers are very much in and personally I think they have a warm, summery feel to them.

    Ahhhhhh I just love the covers.

    Chloe

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    1. Aw that's a shame! Is the other edition of TFiOS okay for you to admire? It does have Ansel Elgort on it... ;)

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  6. Ahahah I like the titles and what? It's not bright on your bookshelf? BUT IT IS, the book's auras are gLoWiNg you just can't see. I think my favourites are the Hipster-ish covers, illustrated covers and LOOK AT ME I'M SO BOLD covers [i'm not really a fan of faces on covers].......ANYWAY. hashtag i like this post.

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  7. There's definitely trends in all book genres, great post. I think the bold colours are my favourite. I'm always drawn to them in bookshops. :) x

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  8. I loved this post, I think put more people with face coulors or relglions aslo actul quite like the cover of Geek Girl it looks cute and sexy.

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  9. lmfao "the greenest book cover ever" award. Yup, that book definitely wins. I honestly hate that cover so much...I think that it even has good reviews, yet I'm like refusing to read it on principal at this point, because that cover is so ridiculously awful that I don't think I'd be able to hold it in my hands and actually take it seriously.

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    1. Each to their own I guess, I love how bright it is in real life :D

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  10. Out of all of these, I think I like the hipster-ish covers the most. The cover is the first thing, along with the title, that sucks you in and makes you want to find out more, and I think that often these books do that perfectly for me.
    Loved this post xx

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  11. I'm not much of a fan of kick ass characters on the cover, but I do love illustrated covers and covers that are bold or has a cool font.

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  12. Really nice post Amber! I love the Badass part the most! :D Love your vlog BTW! :D :D :D :D

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