Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover–Issue Thirty: Historical Fiction (Part 4)

“Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover” is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design. This feature is inspired by Katie’s feature Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time. The idea is being used with her gracious permission.

I think we’re all familiar with the age-old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. And you know what I have to say about that? Rubbish! Covers are an invaluable part of a book’s package. A truly great cover can tell you a lot about the novel contained within its pages. Book covers can also catch your attention and attract you to a novel you might otherwise ignore. So go ahead, judge a book by its cover – We all do it!

Well, it’s official: This is the 30th edition of Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover. Can you believe it? I know I can’t! When I first began this feature eleven months ago, I never imagined that I would have been able to find as many covers as I have to sustain the feature for this length of time. I’ve treasured every reader, author, designer, and publisher email I’ve received in relation to these posts and I hope to continue celebrating the beauty and artistry of cover design for as long as I possibly can. Anyway, on to this week’s post! Some of my favourite covers this week include Adam and Evelyn by Ingo Schulze, Frog Music by Emma Donoghue, Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch, The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny, The River Of No Return by Bee Ridgway, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey.

Adam and Evelyn by Ingo Schulze ● Frog Music by Emma Donoghue ● A Man of Parts by David Lodge

The Free World by David Bezmozgis ● Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch ● Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen

American Blonde by Jennifer Niven ● Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe ● A Death In Summer by Benjamin Black

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco ● The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny ● Things Half In Shadow by Alan Finn

The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan ● The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett ● City of Women by David R. Gillham

Vanishing by Gerard Woodward ● The River Of No Return by Bee Ridgway ● The House of Impossible Loves by Cristina López Barrio

The Steady Running Of The Hour by Justin Go ● The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House by Stephanie Lam ● The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Jackaby by William Ritter ● I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe ● An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite historical fiction covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

3 responses to “Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover–Issue Thirty: Historical Fiction (Part 4)”

  1. Alexa S. says:

    Honestly, I just adore this feature! It’s really fun to catch it when you post it because all the covers you feature are truly eye-catching and beautiful (and I almost always get curious about a book and add it to my TBR pile).

    I think my favorite one from this set is either Pioneer Girl or The House of Impossible Loves!
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  2. Anika says:

    I love these covers! They’re all so great but I think Jamrach’s Menagerie might be my favourite 🙂
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  3. Alan Finn says:

    While I admit I’m biased about THINGS HALF IN SHADOW, they’re all stunning covers. I especially like I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU. There’s something about that single blue eye peering out from behind that violet-scattered note …

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