Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover–Issue Thirty-Six: Non-Fiction (Part 5)

“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!

I’m in illustrated cover heaven today! Hooray! Some of my favourite covers this week include Greece On My Wheels by Edward Enfield, The Ribbons Are For Fearlessness by Catrina Davies, From Here To There by Kris Harzinski, Surf Mama by Wilma Johnson, Eat The City by Robin Shulman, From A To Bee by James Dearsley and Writer To Writer by Gail Carson Levine.

Falling In Honey by Jennifer Barclay ● Falling In Honey by Jennifer Barclay ● Greece On My Wheels by Edward Enfield

The Ribbons Are For Fearlessness by Catrina Davies ● On The Map by Simon Garfield ● The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

Best New Poets 2013 by Brenda Shaughnessy, etc ● The Coat Route by Meg Lukens Noonan ● From Here To There by Kris Harzinski

The Flavor Thesaurus by Niki Segnit ● Instant by Christopher Bonanos ● Surf Mama by Wilma Johnson

The Histories by Herodotus ● Eat The City by Robin Shulman ● The Divide by Matt Taibbi

Super Boys by Brad Ricca ● From A To Bee by James Dearsley ● The Reef by Iain McCalman

Writer To Writer by Gail Carson Levine ● Transnationalism by Michael D. Behiels & Reginald C. Stuart ● You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier

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

6 responses to “Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover–Issue Thirty-Six: Non-Fiction (Part 5)”

  1. Ijul says:

    Oh, my goodness, those are beautiful. What a wonderful selection, Jen. Well, I’m no different, I love buying and reading book because of its cover. 🙂

  2. Oh boy Jen, you picked some good ones here! I added four books to my TBR list just from this post. We seem to have similar interests in nonfiction so that probably helped. 😉 I have read The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson and it was FANTASTIC, particularly if you have an interest in disease history. I personally find disease and tuberculosis in particular fascinating so it was right up my alley (though I did read it for a disease history course in university).
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  3. I WANT THEM ALL!! The fonts, the colors, the graphics! I can’t decide which one to read first! This is a great series and I can’t wait to see what you find next!

    Katelynn
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  4. sarah says:

    I’m a sucker for a good illustrated cover too! My favorite out of this bunch is “Writer to Writer” 🙂

    Sarah
    Midwest Darling
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  5. Frasier says:

    My love of typography is coming through with these covers.
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  6. Cee says:

    Oooooh, I love these. Illustrated is always the way to go. Also, the typography used for most of these covers are so spot on. There’s none that I hate. My favorite is probably Writer to Writer. It has the best of both worlds! 😀
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