Speechless by Hannah Harrington is one of those books that spoke to me — if I can be cheeky like that — right from the initial cover:
One of the things I completely loved about it was that the main character, Chelsea, takes a vow of silence. What better way to portray that than through a completely blank canvas of a book? One of the things that irks me — and other people — about book covers nowadays is how they always, always feature characters on the cover, leaving us to imagine THAT character in the story, rather than building our own in our head. This cover really leaves it all to our imagination.
Of course, publishers like to change things up, so eventually this cover came out:
For me, this cover does absolutely no justice to the story. I felt like the first cover was so completely bold with just being blank and this one throws out WAY too many things to the reader. I like that it tried to be a little more artistic, since art is a big thing in the book, but it’s confusing to the eye. The blue is too messy, the letters too colourful, and it just doesn’t fit the space of the cover properly. And seeing the picture of Chelsea on the front kind of ruined it for me because I had my OWN picture of her in my head.
I like that Mira Ink tried to be more creative with its cover, but to me it’s just too messy of an approach and the first one appeals to me way more.
Which one of these covers do you like best?
While I know for a fact that I am a huge lover of book covers, there is also the slight possibility that I also love a nice bit of typography on a book cover. It’s so easy for a designer to use a generic font on a book, like Georgia or Times New Roman, but when they step out of the box and really design a font to match the feel of the book, they win major props from me.
I shouldn’t have to tell anyone this, but designing a book cover is so much more than just getting the right picture and slapping the title on the cover. The font can say so much about a book and really give the reader some taste of what will be inside before they even crack it open.
Here are just a few of my favourite covers, with super unique typography:
Which one of these covers do you like best? Do you have a specific cover you love solely for the design of the title? Continue reading
Today’s cover …
My Life Next Door, by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Cover version: Hardcover
This COVER! I know when this came out, I absolutely fell in love. It has that summery vibe to it, with the summer dress, the sun peeking over hte trees, and I love the lens flare from the sun. With all the new adult books that are out these days, I really like the innocence of this cover — the fact that the two characters, Sam and Jase, aren’t all over each other. It just looks so sweet! I also like the fact that they’re in front a fence because a lot of the story seems to revolve around Sam’s mom’s thoughts about the Garretts living on the wrong side of the fence. Jase and Sam are almost hiding as they kiss by the fence. I love it! Lastly, that title. There’s something to be said about those big, fancy typographic titles on books, but it’s also nice to see something simple, in a simple font. And the yellow is so eye-catching — I love that it matches the yellow dress. This is such a sweet, easygoing cover that I find myself looking at it on my shelf more than I should — it’s definitely one of my favourites.