'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?