There’s nothing like a great cover to draw the reader in. I admit to being as influenced as any other reader to pick things up because they’re pretty. However, if the contents don’t live up to the advertisement, the covers also lose something.
Therefore, I found this topic a bit more difficult than most Top Ten Tuesdays. Now, if the topic were “intriguing covers that tempt me to read the book”, I could furnish you with a top twenty.
Edit: I was exploring other posts for this week’s meme and when I saw 1Q84 on the list at caitlinsternwrites, I was reminded of this excellent TED talk, by Chip Kidd, who designed the covers of 1Q84 and Jurassic Park, among myriad others. Definitely a revealing talk for anyone interested in the process of bookselling.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacquline Kelly – Love the woodcut look.
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – The book has been through several covers and, sadly, this one came out after I’d bought my copy.
After by Amy Efaw – Simplicity shows so much. Gorgeous.
Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon – Down to the “distressed” corners, I love this cover.
Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon – Three layers of dust jackets reflect the content of the essays inside.
Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – Technically, I’m still reading this one, but I hope to be forgiven.
Beauty and the Beast, illustrations by Robert Sabuda – This author’s pop-up books are divine. I bought this book sight-unseen.
Parasol Protectorate Series – the whole series is fabulous, and here’s a “making” video for the third, Blameless.
What are some of your favourite book covers?
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.