3.06.2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Covers

This topic took some real research. A few came to mind right off, but ah, there are so many options....

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I could never come up with my absolute favorites, but here are a few I just love.

1. Enough with the knockoffs, but the original was inspired. Not just for its red/white/black starkness and alchemical imagery, but its suggestion of Genesis and forbidden fruit:


2. I happen to be one of those who like a real face on the cover, if it matches the character's description and is well-designed:


3. A little magical artistry can generally win my attention, too.


4. Of which I have seen many to love, including this one that I haven't yet read.


5. Likewise.


6. Pretty girls in extravagant dresses have been much overdone, but I have a few I love, such as this one:


7. And this one:


8. I also happen to admire unique uses of light and color (though the text on this one could be set off more clearly).


9. Especially when that happens to come with honestly pretty art.


10. And because I need a number 10, here's another pretty face in a design I find particularly arresting:


What are your favorite book covers?

10 comments:

  1. Lovely Covers! I've been drawn in by a few of those. I think covers are commercials for the story within. Enjoy your reading. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

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    1. "I think covers are commercials for the story within"--yes, they do provide that first hook. Of course, I've noticed that pretty cover doesn't always line up with what I want to read, and the high fantasy I love tends to have really dorky covers, but ah well. :)

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  2. I have a new book for you to borrow...I think you'll like it, and this post reminded me of it because of it's delightful cover. Wednesday?

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    1. Sweet! Thanks--I'm excited to see what it is. I'll try and stop by your desk tomorrow. :)

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  3. Some of my favorites are of course going to be from Tolkien, Lewis, & Rowling.

    Here's the covers from The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings that I've always liked best: http://lotrscrapbook.bookloaf.net/gallery/bookcovers/pages/06.htm

    The ones from The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring are particular favorites.

    I like most covers from The Chronicles of Narnia. But not any covers that have images from the latest movies. Ugh! Same goes for any LOTR covers that have images from the Jackson abominations, er adaptations. :)

    I like the American Harry Potter covers but I especially like the British children's covers. The adult covers don't do much for me.

    I've also always liked this cover from Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B000VO7SOG/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

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    1. OK, the British cover art for HP is rather more attractive than the American covers. I actually really like the adult versions, though.

      The Tolkien covers are beautiful--just beautiful. :)

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  4. I'm sorry, but I don't have time today to put links to covers I think are really well done and fit the great stories within:

    Young Adult:

    The Hunger Games Trilogy (original covers)--I may have hated Mockingjay, but these covers are stunning as well as alchemical.

    The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

    Tempest by Juliette Cross

    Across the Universe by Beth Revis-just gorgeous (A Million Suns is good too, not as stunning)

    The Birthmarked Trilogy by Caragh O'Brien (first two released)

    Twilight Saga

    Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (that and a short blurb made me want to read it, and the book is hilarious, too; great satire)

    Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt

    The Stork Trilogy by Wendy Delsol (first two)

    I actually like the American HP covers; they raise curiosity about thes story, especially for us fans who speculated over every detail when we first saw them

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer (wow!)I finally got this from the library and I've yet to read it, but who could not want to read it based on the cover?

    Adult Fiction

    All the covers for Sarah Addison Allen; they very much fit her magical realism

    I also usually like Fannie Flagg covers

    --Arabella

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    1. No need to apologize. I didn't have time today either; I put this together on Saturday. And I didn't bother making sure the stories were any good--I just picked covers I liked. :)

      Keturah and Lord Death really is beautiful. That one almost made my list. I like the Stork books, too.

      For whatever reason, I've not generally been a fan of Mary GrandPre's art on the Potter books. But I will admit to liking her cover for Deathly Hallows. :) And yeah, they do well at raising curiosity.

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    2. That is, I like the look of the Stork books. Haven't read them yet... hope to soon, once I can unbury myself from the current stack.

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  5. I think all the U.S. and international HP covers are wonderful, bringing out various aspects of the books; I'd like to see them collected and printed together in a coffee table type book.

    --Arabella

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