Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Fourteen: Historical Fiction (Part 2)

“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 fourteenth instalment of Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover, I’ve decided to take a second look at the covers of the Historical Fiction genre! In truth, my motivations are almost entirely selfish. Stunning covers aside, the majority of these books are recent additions to my own to-be-read list, and I thought this might be a nice way of reminding myself of such 🙂 Despite being in love with the genre, I’ve spent very little of my time actually reading it this year, and would like to make a point of taking the time to read certain novels on this list, such as Burial Rites, The Pleasures of Men and The Asylum in short order. Hopefully this will give me the push I need to do so! All that aside, these covers were simply too beautiful to ignore. The Snow Child and Tsarina are both particular favourites as I love both their use of colour as well as their incorporation of illustrative techniques, and while I’m not typically a fan of covers which feature real life models, I’m quite taken with the cover for Dark Amelia as well.

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!

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Jen is a thirty-something Canadian book blogger and bibliophile currently residing in the wilds of suburbia. Aside from a penchant for older men, particularly those with the surnames Firth, Elba and Norton, Jen is also passionately interested in running, Mad Men, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to being a voracious reader and self-proclaimed television addict, Jen is also an aspiring children and youth services librarian who would like to pursue a MLIS and better help readers find the perfect book for them.

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