Trendy Cover Designs

Who doesn't love talking about a good cover? It seems safe to say that nearly all of us - you, my loyal readers, enjoy seeing the new, creative cover arts on our latest beautiful upcoming books we're anticipating.

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic left my mind whirling with possibilities and as you'll see from below, I crammed in as many cover pretties as possible - which also means, this is going to get long. (Who doesn't enjoy an excuse to give a shout-out to all of the awesome graphic designers who create these??? They must have the best job ever. *smile*)

Mainly, I will be gushing over the topics I heart, but at the bottom - if I feel like I've not gushed enough, they'll be a few gripes of cover design.

the Broke and Bookish June 24th Topic is:
 
Ten Book Cover Trends (or just elements of covers) I Like/Dislike
(can stick to one or the other or both!)
1.) Artistic Designs.

When considering this concept, my main idea was of the often-dreaded "headless" design. If it's done well, it can be elegantly beautiful and the covers I've spotlighted specifically in this quad of covers are some of my favorites, artistically speaking. (Plus, "artistic" sounds nicer than "headless covers.")  When I use that term, I'm also considering something out of the ordinary or a concept that in any other form wouldn't work because it's an artistic medium.

Books shown:

Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauk ▪ Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer ▪ Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

2.) Fun & Flirty

Who doesn't love a bit of sass and bright smiles?
 
Books shown:
 
Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman ▪ Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow Meant to by Mine by Becky Wade ▪ Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade
 On the Fence by Kasie West ▪ The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
 

3.) Going Vintage.

Because we all need a little Old-Fashioned in our lives, right?
 
Books shown:

Drew Farthering Series by Julianna Deering ▪ Going Vintage by Lindsay Leavitt
Fly Away Home by Rachel Heffington ▪ The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty

4.) I Need a Hero!

Most novels features either a couple or the female in the story and while I fangirl with the best book addicts, sometimes it's just nice to see the male presence get his dues.
 
Books shown:
 
A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund ▪ Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig
 Hawk and Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig
5.) In Silhouette.
 
Books shown:
 
The Giftsnatcher by Charity Bishop ▪ Coin Heist by Elsa Ludwig
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

6.) Pop of Color
 
Books shown:
Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg ▪ Heaven Sent Rain by Lauraine Snelling
A September Bride by Kathryn Springer ▪ A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Susan Biggs Waller
                      
 7.) Pretty, Pretty Dresses.

A pretty girl in a pretty dress usually means a tiara is close by, there'll be plenty of drama, most likely royals nearby.
 
Books shown:
 
The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass ▪ The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
These Broken Stars by Aimee Kaufman and Meagan Spooner ▪ The Jewel by Amy Ewing
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkowski

8.) Stars, Stars and (more) Stars.

The more stars, the brighter the book shines.
*and yes, I realize technically Trish's is a string of lights... but we're going with it.*
 
Books shown:
 
Tumble and Fall by Alexandra Coutts ▪ Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Dollar
Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund  
For the Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund ▪ The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
 
9.) Swoon.
 
Who doesn't enjoy a swoon-y cover design?? I sure do. The idea behind Jenny's and Linda's is swoon personified  - isn't there just something about hand holding!? - and I adore the "realness" of Melissa's. Also, while the concept for The Truth about You & Me is charming I do believe the movie tie-in rerelease of The Fault in our Stars does this idea better.
 
Books shown:
 
Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin ▪ The Truth about You & Me by Amanda Grace
There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones ▪ From the Start by Melissa Tagg
For Pete's Sake by Linda Windsor

10.) Text Overlay.
 
Since the start of paying attention to book designs, featuring text prominently over the whole design (or to take up a good portion of it) is a relatively new concept. But the moment I saw it done on Susan May Warren's new book? I was sold.

The Princess in the Opal Mask and The Opal Crown by Jenny Lindquist
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill 
It Had to be You and Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren

11.) Whimsy
 
Of all of these concepts, there might not be any more eye-catching than one with
a touch of whimsy.
 
Books shown:
 
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay ▪ Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
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Wow.
Because I'm tired of all the Goodreads linking, seriously, that was a lot, I've got nothing for trends I don't care for. That being said, I'm open to learning which of these you do or don't like and hopefully, we can chat up more cover fun in the comments.

Happy Top Ten Tuesday, friends.

42 comments:

  1. Yay! So glad the DON'T TOUCH cover made your "artistic" list. There's now an updated version that's darker--see what you think: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062220936/dont-touch

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    1. Ooo! I like it, Rachel! It sill fits the story very well. Thanks for sharing. And for stopping in to comment. Eager to read Don't Touch. :)

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    1. I agree, Ella. Far too many to chose from. :)

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  3. I usually don't like faces on covers. Sometimes it works well, but most of the time I just don't like it. :) I love illustrated covers (they seem most common on middle grade and children's books) and ones with pretty typography.

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    1. I know what you're saying, Kristin. Usually I don't mind faces on covers (Becky Wade's or Susan May Warren's are examples I adore), but sometimes the whole "floating" head/face thing can get old. There's one from Lori Wick I was going to use as a dislike example where she's riding her horse and it's a "floating image," yeah, I just didn't care for that one. ;)

      Like you, I love the pretty typography - it makes the book "stand out" more so than a "blah" title design. :)

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  4. I tend to really like the minimalistic covers and the whimsical covers!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. Great picks, Missie. I like those concepts too. :)

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  5. LOVE this post!! What fun!!! Thank you for honoring HAWK and RAPTOR with a nod. :-D

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    1. Hi, Ronie! Thank you so much for dropping by - and it was my pleasure to honor Hawk and Raptor 6. Cannot wait to read the former. :)

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  6. Awesome post! Thanks so much for including Blonde Ops! ♥ (What you see is actually the second cover--the first, which was never used, DID have a full-on face photo!) xx

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    1. Hi, Natalie! Thanks for dropping by. Thrilled to feature Blonde Ops. It sounds delightful. :) Cool. If you ever share the former cover(s), let me know. It's fun to see how it changed.

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  7. Sooo much fun seeing so many pretty covers. Love this post...you are so good with graphics, Rissi! And thanks for including From the Start...I'm pretty excited about that cover. :)

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    1. It is FUN to see all these covers, Melissa, and you know I actually felt "bad" for how many I crammed into this post just because it's a little dizzying. But in the end, I love a good cover art and couldn't resist a Top Ten Tuesday that let me fall into that. ;)

      From the Start is delightful as are all of your new covers. Thanks for writing your books. :)

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  8. I had a great time looking through the different cover groupings you assembled, Rissi! I really like almost every cover featured.
    In particular, I'm a big fan of the Kiera Cass covers in your 'girls & pretty dresses' category. They're amazingly beautiful. I saw the books displayed at Barnes & Noble recently and came to a stop just to admire them.
    I think the 'I need a hero' covers are terrific, too. A good looking guy on a cover is sure to catch my attention. I think they're a refreshing change from the scores of 'heroine only' covers.

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    1. Hi, Becky! As always, thank you bunches for dropping by - your thoughts are always welcome. :)

      Kiera's are stunners, they match beautifully and while the stories do annoy on occasion, I enjoy the books too. They definitely earn attention.

      I agree; it's rare to have a guy featured prominently, so when I spot one I like, it snags my attention. ;) Even though your guys are usually facing away from the camera, I do like how the heroes are spotlighted in your covers, too. Basically, it's just fun to swoon over them. ;)

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  10. whoops! I first commented while my sister was still signed in...

    well...I love the vintage look. And pretty dresses (of course;) and I'm also extremely partial to stars...and silhouettes. And fancy lettering...so most on the covers here I really, really like :) I love whimsical covers as well.

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    1. Ah, well. No worries, Hayden. ;)

      *High Five* You've just listed many of my favorite themes and the reason why they made it into this post. Basically, it's just fun to chat these pretties up - they tell their own story which is awesome. :)

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  11. I think the collection of "Pop of Color" would be my personal favorite out of all the batches. :)

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    1. Thanks, Heather. I really liked that grouping too. Gotta' love a bit of color here and there. :)

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  12. Love this post! ALL of these covers are gorgeous, but I especially adore the "pop of color" and "pretty dresses" looks. Those covers are so beautiful and worthy of admiration.

    By the way, I started reading The Selection after your recommendation…and I'm loving it!! It's very Hunger Games-esque but more girly and fun. I only have a couple more chapters left of the first one :)

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    1. Thanks, Jillian. I had fun putting this one together - and agree; who doesn't love a bit of color or some pretty dresses, right?? They deserve plenty of "ooos" and "aahhs."

      Yay! I'm pleased you are liking The Selection (and way to go waiting until all three books are out!). It's tough when someone reads a book on recommendation and then doesn't care for it. Hope the series continues to be a good one for you. :)

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  13. Thanks for including Diamonds in the Rough!! <3 <3 <3

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    1. My pleasure, Michelle! It fit in perfectly - and before putting this together, I *knew* Diamonds in the Rough would be a must. :)

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  14. What a fun post! I loved seeing all the covers, but I think my favorite was your swoon collection (What can I say? I'm a romantic...) and the stars stars covers are gorgeous! Thanks for taking the time to link all these books to goodreads...adding some to my TBR list now! :)

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    1. Thanks for reading/stopping by, Bekah. These Top Ten Tuesday topics are always fun.

      Ooo, yes! Me, too. I'm a romantic as well - explains why I adore all the Hallmark flicks. ;) Hope you found some awesome new books to add to your TBR. That's part of the fun in TTT. :)

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  15. Loved the analysis, Rissi! The groups that most appeal to me are Artistic, I Need A Hero and Swoon, though every group has stand-outs. I once heard that hero covers don't sell as well as "pretty dress" covers. I wonder if that's true . . . I've also heard that Bride covers fly off the shelves. P.S. Thanks for including Until I Found You!

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    1. Thanks, Vicki - so glad you dropped by. :)

      Those you mention are groups with standouts, yours included. It's fun to see a hero feature prominently on a book cover so that always appeals to me (maybe because it's rare...?) and of course, I love anything romantic.

      Hmm... I can believe books with a hero on them don't sell as well considering there are SO many that are either with a pretty dress or feature the heroine/couple, either way, they're all gorgeous. :)

      It was my pleasure to feature Until I Found You; too bad I had this ready prior to seeing your new design or else I would have used it too. :)

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  16. I LOVE whimsical covers (as you probably would have imagined). I'm also a big fan of pop of colors and going vintage.

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    1. Hi, Juju! Yes, I can believe you'd like the whimsical covers - and who doesn't?? They're awesome. Thanks - as always - for visiting. :)

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  18. All I can do is stare at the pretty. There are so many lovely covers to look at up there! Those graphic designers have got to have SO much fun at their job. *just keeps staring* I confess it. An awesome cover will make me pick up a book (even want it on my shelf!) regardless of whether I enjoy the story inside or not. Does that make me shallow? ;)

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    1. Nope, no shallowness here, Kara. I've said that before too (one of the reasons I *insist* on having the new Lizzie Bennet book in print is because of its cute design). It's fun to pull out books with gorgeous covers because, well, we do like our bookshelves to be pretty too... right!? ;)

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    2. Yes! We *absolutely* insist on that, in fact! ;)

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  19. Oh my gosh, I love all of these! I think silhouette, pretty dresses, and pop of color are my favorite trends you've listed. I don't know that I'll ever tire of the pretty dress covers, though some people say they are. I appreciate a pretty dress in general, so why wouldn't I love it on a cover? Especially when they're able to reflect the world of the book! Great post, Rissi! ;D

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    1. Well made points, Rachel - and I agree. I think some people probably are tired of the whole "pretty dresses" scene, but it's always a gorgeous design and when it matches the story (like The Selection), it's an excellent bet. I for one, never tire of the trend because what girl wouldn't love getting dressed up so elegantly, even if just for one night! :)

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  20. I really love how you organized these all...so cool! :)

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    1. *waves*

      Hi, Charity! Lovely to see you again... and thank you! It was fun to put this together, as always. :)

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  21. Very fun! You have some great ones here! I found that I'm not as picky as some others, but I did find a handful of dislikes. I love your graphics, as always!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Tressa; this topic was WAY too much fun for me. ;)

      I don't think I'm as picky as some people in general, though of course, there are some covers that I just don't find as attractive. Sometimes I need to remember to look beyond a cover because the story might be worth it. :)

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