Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: Favorite Book Covers



It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.
This week's question: 


What are your all-time favorite book covers?

I have to admit, when I think of my favorite covers, the first one that pops to mind is this one:


But the truth is, I like it because I think the girl on the cover looks like me. Or, I like to pretend she does, anyway. (The story inside this book is just as awesome as the cover. Hear me gush about it here.)

But aside from that one, I have generally found myself drawn to simple covers with bright colors and with a graphic or a photo of an object rather than a face.

These I think are pretty and really evoke the mood of the story they are telling. They almost say, "lovely writing inside" when you walk by them.


I love the simplicity and color of some of David Levithan's books.

  
Same goes for Tera Elan McVoy's books.

  

These are two of my favorites, too, and I was sad to see both of them changed for their paperback printings.

 

And a few more favorites, just in case my style wasn't clear to you yet...

 

I think I must have latched on to the simplicity of my childhood favorites at some point.


So, what are your all-time favorite book covers?

18 comments:

  1. For the most part, there is a definite style you're attracted to. I loved seeing these. Great job putting all of them together! Fun Road Trip for sure!

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  2. I like your cover style! I like bold, clean, simple covers, too. David Levithan's are all great.

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  3. Beautiful choices! You definitely have a style, Jess. And you do look like the girl from FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB!

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  4. Great list! I'm a big fan of simple, bright, graphic covers, too. Love David Levithan's, and How to Say Goodbye in Robot--and I almost picked both Shiver and If I Stay for my list!

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  5. Wow, you do have a cover style! I love those...especially If I Stay, How to Say Goodbye in Robot, and the Shiver books. I have to say, The Boyfriend List cover is pretty effective. It always catches my eye when I'm browsing. (Now, I haven't bought it yet, so maybe it isn't 100 percent effective, but still.)

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  6. Um, you and I officially love all the same book covers. Simple and clean, yet so interesting!

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  7. I love the cover of The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen, and I like Emily Giffin's covers.

    I've never read any of Tera Elan McVoy's books, but I like the covers you posted. Also love Stargirl.

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  8. I love the Maggie Stiefvater covers too. I think I like my cover's a little busier, but still a great list :)

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  9. I love simple covers too...these ones are all awesome! :D

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  10. I tend to gravitate to abstract covers that make me search for what the book is about. One thing I know is that I HATE books with giant pictures of faces. I want to imagine the characters myself.

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  11. I love how distinct the style you chose is--there's no doubt what kind of covers you like!

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  12. I had never seen that first book before, and its cover is really cool.

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  13. love. i've love to design book covers/books (the typography...yum!) someday and often look to them for inspiration for my other graphics work.

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  14. I've got the Wolves of Mercy Falls series covers on my list too! All 3 were so simple, but loved the color for each (and the paper used for each cover is beautiful, too!).

    I haven't read Five Flavors of Dumb - but I've heard great things...and yes, the cover is pretty darn cool, too!

    Great list, Jessica!

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  15. We have the same tastes for covers - I like simple, bold, strong single-tone colors, patterns, etc.

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  16. Great choices. I like the sky on the cover of The Five Flavors of Dumb, and the girl -does- look like you!

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  17. I must read that first one! LOVE the cover!

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  18. I noticed not a lot of them have faces. I like the ones that the faces are shaded. It gives me room to play with my imagination.

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