I never judge a book by its cover (cough)

Hellllllo readers, it’s Friday which means IT IS BASICALLY THE WEEKEND which means, Chinese take-away, Christmas jumper, and wine, all of the wine. Today I wanted to write a post I’ve been meaning to for a little while about book covers.We’re told the mantra – ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ allll the time, but we do. Authors, publishers, reader, bloggers, promoters we all know that a better cover will sell a book better. It not that content doesn’t count, it’s just we’re more likely to look at the content if it looks like it’ll be interesting. Today I’ve picked out five of some of my favourite covers this year and why I think they’re so darn brilliant.

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

How gorgeous is this? I love the splashes of colour, the minimalist design but knowing it would look utterly beautiful in my bookish suitcase. It doesn’t overpower and it relates to the writing of the book inside and the themes discussed within. Whether you loved or hated this book the cover is definitely eye-catching.

 Not on Fire, But Burning by Greg Hrbek

This book is currently on my TBR and has been for a little while but this cover is just sublime. It has a contemporary feel but really reflects the book inside. It is also doesn’t destract from the title that can sometimes happen but instead it enhances it. Perfecto.

A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

I need to get hold of this book the reviews are just, brilliant – clever, insightful, full of quips and interesting short stories this book is going to be a great read. The cover is minimalist, links to the content inside, is eyecatching, the coral cover is beautiful and you know it would make a perfect gift for a bookish friend. I adore this one.

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This cover, I don’t know, there’s something about it that makes me utterly utterly happy. It has such a modern feel and yet it’s very simplistic. Maybe for some a little boring but for me it just makes me wonder what’s happening inside the book – how does it connect? What does the walking into the 0 mean? (It does in fact connect with the tale inside but even without knowing that I think this is wonderful.)

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This cover uses primary colours, the use of a face, geometric patterns and a black background and somehow it works. This feels  modern, intriguing and new. It’s not a cover that would normally drag me in but this somehow manages to and I just cannot wait to get round to reading this and finding out just how great it is.

There are five of my most favourite book covers of this year – which would you add? Which cover has really caught your eye this year? Let me know in le comments or tweet me @littlebookblog1.


9 thoughts on “I never judge a book by its cover (cough)

  1. Georgia Rose says:

    I find it very difficult to pinpoint what it is that in a cover that attracts me to pick it up and, as we all like different things, found it incredibly difficult to come up with my own, because obviously I like to try and please everyone! Out of these I particularly like Not on Fire but Burning and The Room 🙂

    • littlebookblog says:

      Me too! I like so many different types of book cover – I tend to like patterns and bright colours that stand out but then the Not on fire but burning is quite a soft cover but still very beautiful – I think it’s so important to get the right feel of what is inside the book on the outside. I really struggle when the cover doesn’t link to what is on the inside at all :/ thank you for commenting!! 😀 xx

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