Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover–Issue Thirty-One: Literary Fiction (Part 3)

“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!

After a little impromptu break last week in order to celebrate Pop! Goes The Reader’s first year of blogging, Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover is back and (hopefully) better than ever! This week we’re re-visiting the perplexing Literary Fiction genre (Speaking of which: Does anyone have a clear understanding of what this genre designation includes/describes?) and I think I’ve compiled a very interesting, if eclectic, collection. The fact that the vast majority of these covers are illustrated, as well as their overwhelming saturation of colour, meant that I had quite a few ‘favourites’ this week. These include Bird by Sophie Cunningham, 419 by Will Ferguson, My Beautiful Enemy by Cory Taylor, Every Day Is For The Thief by Teju Cole, Carnival by Rawi Hage, The Knot by Mark Watson, Genie & Paul by Natasha Soobramanien and The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto.

Bird by Sophie Cunningham ● Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley ● The Good Inn by Black Francis & Josh Frank

419 by Will Ferguson ● Tigerman by Nick Harkaway ● Bread & Butter by Michelle Wildgen

The Scream by Laurent Graff ● My Beautiful Enemy by Cory Taylor ● In The Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda

The Sardinians by Michael Dawkes ● Every Day Is For The Thief by Teju Cole ● The Accidental by Ali Smith

Ape House by Sara Gruen ● Heaven Is Small by Emily Schultz ● Carnival by Rawi Hage

The Knot by Mark Watson ● Genie & Paul by Natasha Soobramanien ● The Irresistible Inheritance Of Wilberforce by Paul Torday

The Last Of The Vostyachs by Diego Marani ● The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto ● And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass

The Book of Heaven by Patricia Storace ● The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder by J.W. Ironmonger ● The Shape of the Final Dog by Hampton Fancher

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite literary 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!

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

  1. I have NO idea how to choose because every single one of these are so beautiful. Yeah, so that’s not happening.

    I think literary fiction tells a story in a ‘serious’ way and that is its designation. Some say that it’s also because literary fiction holds literary merit which is arguable because literary merit is a personal choice and noe defined by the types of genres.
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  2. Kaja says:

    Oh, I want to eat … I mean READ Bread and Butter. I love these posts!
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  3. Finley Jayne says:

    Great cover choices! And I agree with you, I totally judge books by their covers, lol. A good/bad cover can really set the tone of a book!
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  4. Whilst I’m drawn to all of these covers, the one’s with blue tones definitely hold my attention – very eye catching.

    I love these posts, not only because of the book candy, but because I discover a lot of new to me books!

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