5 Books With Covers That Screamed "READ ME!"
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So, this week I’m talking book covers. I admit, I have been known to judge a book by its cover and while browsing Goodreads, or maybe Amazon, recently I noticed that purple seems to be the new black. So many pretty book covers whose color schemes revolve around purple. At first I wondered if I was simply noticing the purple covers because Finding Thor’s cover is in purples, but so was Beware of the White, and I didn’t notice them then, so I'm going out on a limb and declaring a trend.
Anyway, that got me thinking about which books I read because of the cover. Not blurb. Not reputation or buzz. Simply because I thought, "Oooo, what's that one about?" as soon as I saw it. So here are a few:
The Dark Divine – I love the stark legs in the vulnerable pose against the black background. And I really love the flowing material. Eye catching contrast. Gives motion. Increases the feeling of vulnerability. They continued the theme through the series. Gorgeous covers.
Silver Phoenix – An Asian girl, standing in a strong pose, wearing a bright fuchsia kimono. Yes, please! Without even reading a blurb I know I’m going to get strength of character and culture.
Bunheads – I love the pretty, geometric design made from ballerinas. I know, sometimes I’m such a girl!
The Selection – Speaking of being such a girl – the dress! It got my attention immediately. The pose intrigued me. I loved the mixture of shy and flirty. Another series that successfully carried the theme throughout.
Ghostopolis – Such a cool looking world. A boy sitting on the skeleton of a horse. I had to know what the heck was happening in this story.
Not all books have the opportunity to capture my attention simply with their covers. Being an author with my ear to the ground, I often know too much about a book before seeing the cover. However, when the opportunity arises, those were some of the things that captured my attention when I was exposed to a book for the first time through its image—enough for me to pick it up and read.