“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!
Given that it’s been close to three months since I last touched on my favourite genre in this particular feature, for the twenty-third edition of Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover I thought it was time I re-visited the Contemporary genre and I couldn’t be happier with the result! I’m particularly pleased that this week’s covers are an interesting combination of both real and illustrated subject matter, and for once I actually like the use of both mediums equally. The use of colour in this week’s selection of covers is fantastic as is the variety of font treatments which range from the simple (As in the case of The Half Life of Molly Pierce and One Moment) to the extraordinary (As in the case of Completion, Everything Leads To You, and This Side of Salvation), each of which I think are equally effective in their own right. Some of my favourite covers this week include This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki, When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney, Reality Boy by A.S. King, Landline by Rainbow Rowell, She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick and My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal.
Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite contemporary 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!