Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Book List Meme: Three Favorite Book Lists

Three favorite book covers for this week's Book List Meme?  Wow.  This is a hard one!  I will do what Rebecca did and highlight the elements of three covers that are typical of those I like.

1. Bright colors, dark silhouettes, plants, reading ... I like everything about this Book of Lost Things cover.  My cover is a dark purply blue with gold silhouettes that are thornier than these.  I like both!

2. I really like sepia tones and the historical sketch sets the mood before you even open The Dante Club.  The blood droplets are a nice touch too.  I will make sure never to count how many books I own with faux blood on the covers.  I'm sure it's too many to be considered fully sane!

3. Again, this cover begins to tell the story of A Beautiful Blue Death before we open the book -- but with a beautifully set photograph.  I love the pale but bright colors on this one.

As you can see, I'm not a huge fan of people on the covers of books.  What about you?

Judging these books by the marriage between covers and story,


  1. +JMJ+

    I really like the retro-Gothic effect of dark silhouttes against a bright background. =)

    Fake blood doesn't do it for me, though! =P But I like reading about other people's favourite cover elements. When I look at a cover, I just see a palette that either works or doesn't, so it's interesting to see others react to the details of the design.

  2. I do more by-cover-judging than I'd like to admit to - and I am far less likely to pick up a book if it's got people on the cover.

  3. I love Book of Lost Things' cover! I also have a short story collection by him, Noctures, in the same style only purple. :D

  4. Enbrethiliel - I don't think I choose books because of the fake blood but rather it's an element that seems to show up a lot in books I choose.

    Jenny - Yeah, what it is about people?

    Eva - Yes, the color on Nocturnes is a wonderful shade! I owned it at one time.

  5. I always like the Connolly one too! I plan on doing this for my "Question of the Week" post this week ... I missed it because of vacation but love this question.