Top Ten Tuesday: 10 things trends I like and dislike on book covers


Welcome to another contribution to the weekly blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week they ask us to share 10 things we like and/or dislike about book cover trends.  To be honest, most of the time covers don’t affect me one way or another.  I mean, I don’t feel strongly one way or another.  Sure there are somethings I don’t like, but its never stopped me from picking up a book that sounds interesting.  I guess for me the blurb and what others think of it over on Goodreads has been more important.  My list is going to be a mix of annoyances and likes. (I’m not going to be adding links for this post.  If a cover looks interesting, do a little work and write down the title, open a new window and look it up…)


 Pet peeves when it comes to cover art.

#1  Alright I do have one big pet peeve when it comes to book covers.  I am NOT a fan of gratuitous ab showing on some romance covers.  I’m sorry but it is nothing but a ploy to get women to pick up the book by selling sex on the cover.  If it is morally wrong to do that with women for men, then the reverse holds true. Not every romance cover bothers me,  there are some tastefully done ones with attractive men on the covers, but most often it just comes off as cheesy and in poor taste.  Here are some examples from my reading lists:

The Bite of Silence (Biting Love, #3)Some Lycan Hot (Broken Heart #10)Ethan's Mate (The Vampire Coalition, #1)Sacrifice the Wicked


#2  I’m also not a fan of people having sex on the cover, like in these examples:

Yvette's Haven (Scanguards Vampires, #4) , Gabriel's Mate (Scanguards Vampires, #3)Slave to her Desires (Succubus Diaries, #3.6)The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire, #1),


#3  I also don’t like when the cover doesn’t match the feel of the book.  For example a dark brooding serious looking cover for a quirky funny witty book.


#4 It bothers me when the model for the cover doesn’t match the physical attributes of the main character.  If they are blond in the book find a blond for the cover…


#5  I’m not such a fan of movie adaptions of covers.  Most of the time they have butchered the book for the film and if you are not a reader then most likely putting the leading actor on the cover isn’t going to convince you to pick up the book either.  And if you are a reader who saw the movie all it is going to do is remind you how much the book was destroyed in the making of the film.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Divergent (Divergent, #1)The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)


#6 Please don’t have  too much going on on a cover, for example:

Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1)Cybele's Secret (Wildwood, #2)


#7 For the love of all that is good in the world don’t change the cover art drastically in a series.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)

(one of these is not like the others…)


Things I like when it comes to cover art.

#8 I personally like it when all the books in genre tend to have similar types of covers.  It makes it so much easier to recommend titles to patrons, especially when you don’t read that type of book (for example: Fifty Shades of Grey is similar to the Crossfire series, all the Christian fiction or Amish books tend to have similar covers).


#9 I always enjoy beautiful locations, especially places I’ve been.

The Oracle of StamboulThe Devil and Miss PrymThe Alchemist
#10 For the last one I thought I would just share some of my favorite covers,  that is probably the best way to share what trends I enjoy in cover art.

The GargoyleHow to Live Safely in a Science Fictional UniverseThe Bastard of IstanbulThe Passage (The Passage, #1),

The Grimm Legacy (The Grimm Legacy, #1),My Name Is MemoryThe Golem and the JinniThe RevealedThe Martian,


9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 things trends I like and dislike on book covers

  1. I seriously caught myself saying “So true” in my head like 5 times while reading this. You are so bang on! Especially with changing the cover trend in the middle of a series, and sex on the cover.. just unnecessary and absolutely just another one of those “use sex to sell” ploys.


  2. UGH! Reading this post was too true! It also made me remember just how much I love the cover for The Martian. I am seriously considering buying and reading that book based on the cover alone because it is such an awesome piece of art.


    1. Cause it sells. Most of the comments here might be against it, but they wouldn’t use it if it didn’t move books. I also think there is probably some expectation for certain types of books to look a certain way, and romance covers are knows to have half naked men or couples on them right now. Hopefully it is a trend.


    1. I think it makes the mismatched books harder to find too. When books one and two are checked out I often have trouble spotting book three for patrons looking for my example.


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