Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Two: Historical Fiction

“Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover!” is a semi-regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader 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. They 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!

For the second instalment of Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover, I decided to take a look at the covers of the historical fiction genre! Below please find a selection of some of my favourite covers in this genre for both the young adult and adult markets.

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!

26 responses to “Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Two: Historical Fiction”

  1. Ah look at all the gorgeous covers! <3 I totally love Lauren Willig's The Ashford Affair. As well as Donna Thorland's The Turncoat, Alison Atlee's The Typewriter Girl, Ann Hood's The Obituary Writer, and John Shors' Temple of a Thousand Faces.
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  2. Jen says:

    Wow, I actually haven’t heard of a lot of these historical fiction books (what does that say about me?). But all of the covers are absolutely stunning. I think the typography just does it all for a lot of them. Amazing post, Jen! Thanks for sharing.
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  3. Barbs says:

    Those are pretty =)
    I didn’t recognize any though. Must have to do sth with the fact that I live in Germany and most of the time the translated books have different covers 😀

    Out of all the ones you showed here my favorite one is Debutantes…can’t really say why but it has something.

  4. Lexi says:

    I think book covers are *slightly* evil because they make me want ALL THE BOOKS <.< (who am I kidding, I would want all the books even if they didn't have gorgeous covers) I love the cover of Chasing the Light, although apparently I'm like a little kid because pretty colors definitely attract my attention. Really enjoying these book cover posts! <3
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  5. I am one of those weird readers who doesn’t really look at covers before buying a book. (Or, I might on a self-pub if I’m not sure if I should buy it or not). And that’s good – there’s only one or two covers among those you’ve shared that would have made me buy the book…

    Great feature Jen 🙂
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  6. DIna says:

    The cover of Born Wicked is one of my all time favorite covers. I am so annoyed that they went in a different direction with book two.
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  7. Love these! I don’t think I’ve ever realized how many historical fiction books focus on having models on their covers (or maybe it’s just your selection)! The only other one I’d add is The Book Thief. I love the one with Death skipping with the MC. Sort of creepy, but very strong (for me)!
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  8. Cayce says:

    These are all gorgeous! I’m not a huge historical fiction reader, but would love to have these books on my bookshelf just for the covers. 🙂 The only one I’ve read from your this selection is Debutantes, which I picked up (mostly) for the cover. And the cover didn’t disappoint, it was a lovely book.
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  9. Katie says:

    Yes yes! I LOVE historical covers! And I totally forgot to put BORN WICKED on my list, dangit! lol

    Okay, and I hadn’t seen the cover for SHE RISES before now, but wow! SO GORGEOUS!
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  10. Woooow, so many gorgeous covers! I was keeping a mental list of my favorites as I looked through all of them, but it got to be too many and I couldn’t keep up.

    I really love the ones for Above All Things and Ocean Swept, though.
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  11. Alise says:

    I love these posts, they are so gorgeous! Historical Fiction is my favorite genre and the covers of these are so awesome I will have to look the books up. My favorites are Tell the Wolves I’m Home and A Hundred Summers 🙂
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  12. Frasier says:

    This is legit my new favorite feature, mostly because although most deny it EVERYONE does it. I’ll probably end up emailing you covers..judging.
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  13. I love this feature of yours, Jen! So many books to add to my TBR shelf — again! 😉
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