I got this idea from Rachel, who annually posts her favorite book covers of the year! It’s honestly one of my favorite posts that she does, so I don’t know why I haven’t done my own in previous years, but here we are!
To clarify: these books are all published in 2021, and I have not read all of them, nor do I necessarily want to read all of them. We’re going purely off looks here!
Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fantastic Bionic Bookworm. This week’s topic:
FEBRUARY 6TH – Top 5 Cover Buys
Now, I don’t actually buy a ton of books, so I just talked about the books that I added to my TBR because of their cover. Not just because of their cover, though – their summaries enticed me to, but the major draw was the cover. I…kind of overdid this a bit, since I have nine and not five books, but oh well. Pretty covers and all.
Does anyone see the pattern? Because I sure do! It seems I love really detailed, busy covers with a ton of color and pattern-work. I think the exception is The Crimson Ribbon? I especially love it if covers are bordered in the corners (I’m sure there’s a word for this), like Under the Pendulum Sun (the only book here I actually own, purchased without reading the summary, because THAT COVER), Jane Steele, A Curious Beginning, and Beast.
Don’t get me wrong; I sometimes like simple, minimalist designs as well, but there’s just something about this style that makes me feel like the artist is taking full advantage of the fact that they’re, well, an artists. You know? Pretty much anyone can make a decent minimalist cover design, but these covers here take some serious skill.
P.S. I have to give a shout-out to The City of Brass and the two books in the Dreamblood Duology. They don’t really match the style I discussed above, but they’re absolutely gorgeous and take some serious artistic skill too.
P.P.S. If I ever get a book published and I get to have some say over the cover, I’m showing them this post.