Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish
When I first saw the prompt for this week I cheered inside and made a mental note not to miss it. Maybe it’s the small bit of art historian that’s still left in me but I’ve loved talking about cover art since I started blogging. Before I started a Tumblr account, I also ran a semi-regular feature called Book Art. I enjoyed every minute
wasted spent looking at the covers of books I’ve read in the past years on Goodreads. With that in mind you should know how serious I took the creation of this list and that I was both selective and discriminate. I also couldn’t help but notice trends in my taste and mark close seconds and honorable mentions. So here you are, in random order, the top ten favorites covers of books I’ve read:
1. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork - One of the first covers that came to mind and one that will always be one of my favorites, because 1) The silhouettes of Marcelo and Jasmine, 2) The tree and tree house, because they’re both beautiful, and they actually exist in the book, and 3) The twinkling star-filled sky. (Starry Night honorable mention: I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan.)
3. The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan (UK edition) – With the combination of comic style, graphic drawing, and accurate narrative details like the suspension bridge fight, this cover is far superior to the US version. I’m dying to own this but I can’t rationalize shelling out the cash.
4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – The headphonesampersand! And the distinctive hair. And the typeface. Those two figures ARE Eleanor and Park. I predict that I will be forever smitten with this cover. (Close second: The UK edition of Eleanor and Park.)
5. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (paperback) – I didn’t fall in love with this book but I am still slayed by the striking contrast in color, silhouette, and sprawling text of this edition every time I see it. (Type-face dominant, turquoise/black/white silhouette honorable mentions: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.)
6. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (UK edition) – This edition is lush and bright, reflecting the richness of the story within. Again, if it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg to order this edition from the UK, I would own it already.
7. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (UK edition) – Very modern with silhouettes, minimal color, and an interesting juxtaposition of strong horizontal and diagonal lines. (Close second: The US edition of Attachments.)
8. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr – Minimal but with impact. And who doesn’t fall for a heart-shaped, pink sugar cookie? (White background with silhouettes honorable mentions: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and the original hardcover of Abundance of Katherines by John Green.)
9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Technically I haven’t finished this yet, but I’m currently reading it, so that counts, right? As is true for all of Rowell’s covers, the cover art for her newest is modern and innovative and fits her story. My favorite part? How the characters sit on the title.
And yep, all three of Rainbow Rowell’s books deserved to make the list. Any of my favorite covers make your list?