Top Ten Tuesday: Book Cover Trends I Like and Dislike

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish, and is a book blogging feature where every week there is a different ‘top ten’ list of books to make.

his week’s list is book cover trends (or elements of book covers) that you like and/or dislike. I decided to do both, so my first five will be trends I dislike and the second five will be trends I do like. None of these judgments have anything to do with the content of the books. For the moment I am just talking about their packaging. (I haven’t actually read all the books included in this list)


#1 – Overly Dramatic Expressions on Models. I feel that in general models are not necessary in covers, but sometimes they do work. But if the model looks overly dramatic it can kind of turn me off of the book. Main Offenders: The Goddess Test.

#2 – A Very High Hue/Saturation Level. You know those books where it looks like they made the saturation as high as possible or used one of the more… colorful Instagram filters on the picture? Yeah, I hate those. Please no. Main Offenders: CroakCity of Bones.

#3 – Bad Typography. I don’t bash fonts often, so I mean this in the most loving way, but sometimes certain fonts just don’t work. They’re to skinny or too flowery or I don’t even know why they look off but they just don’t work, and sometimes can make the book cover look very cheap.
Images Overlaid on Other Images. Occasionally this can look okay, (I think Entangled pulled this off for the most part) but most of the time, it’s just no. Please no. Main Offenders: Vampire Academy.

#4 – Shirtless Models. This just kinda screams stereotypical Romance to me. Not that there’s anything wrong with romance novels, it’s just… Kinda unnecessary. Main Offenders: City of Bones.


#5 – Illustrations. Ever since I started reading more YA than Middle Grade, I have read so many less books with illustrations on the cover. I really think illustrations are beautiful and can give you the best idea of what the book is even before you read the back. At least they are still common in Middle Grade fiction. Good Job: The School of Good and EvilThe Lost PlanetCinder.

#6 – Typography. I love typography when it’s done right. Most of the packaging I think looks best is just nice looking font work, and books are no different. Good Job: Promise of ShadowsThe End or Something Like ThatShadow and Bone.

#7 – Models/Illustrated People When Their Features Are Shadowed or Not Shown. Like I have already mentioned, models can work on book covers even though it’s not my favorite thing, and one of those times where they work is when their features and not shown. I also like when the main features of illustrated characters are not shown, such as if they have their back turned or something like that. Good Job: The Split SecondFalse MemoryThe Secret WarThe Battle of the Labyrinth.

#8 – Symbolic Covers. I love when covers feature some sort of symbol on the cover, especially when it seems abstract at first but comes to mean something about the book in an understated way. Good Job: The LoopThe Hunger GamesInsignia.

#9 – Scenery. I love photography or landscapes and such, so of course I also like scenery on book covers. Good Job: Every DayThe Maze Runner.

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