I love gushing about book covers. I also love tags. As you can imagine, I’ve already fallen for the Dreamy Book Covers tag, which comes with its own dreamy tag image above.
First of all, lots of thanks to Brianna @ Brianna the Bookworm for nominating me! Remember to check out her blog–she posts all sorts of thoughtful, unique discussions, and if you’re not following her you should be.
Thanks as well to Tiana @ The Book Raven for creating this lovely tag! I’ll never stop being grateful for another chance to talk about weird and wonderful covers. Yes, I judge books by their covers, and I have no regrets.
1. Thank the lovely person who tagged you, spread the love!
2. Mention Tiana @ The Book Raven as the creator of this book tag!
3. Use the original tag image in your post. (However, feel free to add whatever other graphics your heart desires!)
4. At least tag 1 fellow blogger for this tag.
5. List the rules
“No Ideas But in Things”: A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it
And I Darken by Kiersten White
I couldn’t decide whether the US or the UK cover fit the prompt better, so naturally I’m going to respond with both. The US cover on the left is pretty apt, not to mention wickedly stylish, because And I Darken is basically a huge pain train of pretty, innocent things getting destroyed without mercy. And the UK cover (by the wonderful Talexi, elsewhere known as the artist for the Throne of Glass covers) encapsulates Lada so well with the war paint and the sullen stare, that’s how I actually visualise her now.
“Sugary Sweet”: A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
I realise that this is a bit of a weird choice considering that The Exact Opposite of Okay is the exact opposite of cute and fluffy, but just look at that cover. It’s an explosion of colour filled with all sorts of weird and wonderful details when you look closer. Not to mention that I’d gladly give protagonist Izzy O’Neill one of the hundred-plus hugs she deserves.
“The Simple Aesthetic”: A book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic of design
Vox by Christina Dalcher
The US cover of Vox is elegant and devastating. Vox: “Voice” in Latin. One unremarkable woman’s face: Mouth covered with a red “X.” The visual is immediately captivating and lends itself to the book’s premise, which posits a terrifying dystopian near-future where every woman in the United States is limited on pain of electrocution to 100 words a day. For reference, this paragraph uses up 66.
“Cover Envy”: A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet
The Wicked King by Holly Black
It should be no surprise that I’m 110%, can’t wait, need-this-on-my-shelf-now hyped for this top 3 most anticipated release of 2019. Not only is The Wicked King going to be a heartbreaker judging by early reviews and this preview, it’ll also be one of next year’s most epic covers. The whole design with the crown splashing into the water (hinting that we’ll get to visit the Undersea??) is simply breathtaking. Now I just need January to come so I can run to Waterstones and throw my money at Holly Black.
“Traveling Abroad”: A book cover featuring a country outside of your own
The Defiant by Lesley Livingston
Lesley Livingston’s The Valiant had a gorgeous cover, but its sequel takes it to the next level. This series and the art accompanying it may not quite be historically accurate, but damn if the gladiatrix Fallon isn’t killing it in the visuals department. Yeah, the Roman arena was nothing to cheer for, but–looking at that epic cover of Fallon fighting Nyx–just this once?
“The Color Wheel”: A cover that showcases one of your favorite colors
The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles
I don’t have a favourite colour, but in general I prefer softer/cool colours to harsher/warm ones. For some reason the shade of blue on The Taste of Blue Light‘s fabulous UK cover really soothes my senses. Combined with the sketched flowers and the title font, it makes for a very visually appealing design.
“Switching Gears” A cover change you absolutely adore
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
On the left is what I believe to be the UK hardback cover of Vicious (I could be wrong though). On the right is the UK paperback version that eventually enticed me to at last read the book I’d been putting off for so long. In any case, out of the many covers that exist for V.E. Schwab’s subversive superhero thriller, the one on the right is by far my favourite. It’s harsh, bloody and full of jagged edges, just like the story inside.
“And the Winner is…” Which book cover mentioned above is your favorite?
The Wicked King by Holly Black
The novel hype fuels the cover love, and the cover love fuels the novel hype. Enough said.
As always, no pressure! On the other hand, if the Dreamy Book Covers tag catches your eye as it did mine, feel free to write your own take on it whether or not you’ve been tagged. I’d love to discover new covers to gush over!