The popular saying is “don’t judge a book by its cover” but we all do. A cover intrigues. It’s the thing that gets us to pick up the book and at least read the back to see what it’s about. It tells about the genre or the character. Listed ahead are some of my favorite book covers and creative designs.
- All My Friends are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
This cover shows a sad looking dinosaur, which makes sense of the title. It’s simple but effective.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The very cover feature’s the motif of the watchful eyes over a city. Apparently, the artwork was created first before Fitzgerald integrated the motif because he liked the cover so much (according to bbc.com).
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The cover tries to incorporate the whole Lord of the Rings universe Tolkien created, and Tolkien created this artwork too. The landscape looks so beautiful I could live there, even if I didn’t particularly like the series myself.
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This cover features the main character, Starr, holding up a sign with her message–a message that conceals most of the character. If there ever was a cover that perfectly described the narrative, this is it.
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
This book has a beautiful, shimmering blue true on the cover. It’s like a magical winter wonderland. And, bonus points for the font–each character has their own color. It begins with blue.
I’ve tried to stick with books I’ve read, but there are more beautiful books out there. As we appreciate literary art, we should also relish in our different artistic friends–those who illustrate and turn a manuscript into a novel.