They say that you cannot choose a book by its cover. However, if you have ever gone to a book store to find a new book to read, you know you look at the cover before you see the title. The photo or artwork on the cover is what first makes you curious about the book itself and if it is unappealing, you may skip right over it without ever noticing the name of it. Here are some of my most favorite book covers and the books are also worth checking out if you haven’t already.
What Makes a Great Book Cover?
To me, a great book cover should express what you will see inside the book in some way. It may be that the story is about a woman going on an adventure. If this is the case then the cover should show a woman, an airplane, or otherwise imply that she is going on some type of adventure. If It about someone being sad or dealing with stress, it should depict that and not show someone who is smiling broadly. The font should also give you a clue about what is ahead. Swirly fonts are great for depicting movement or silliness. bolder fonts can make a book feel more serious. Colorful fonts can make it fun where as black may make it seem more laid back and casual.
To see what I mean, take a look at a couple of my most favorite book covers below. They match perfectly with the story that is inside in my opinion.
My Life Next Door
This book is about a young couple who are innocent. The young couple is in love despite the fact that their families are so different. The cover depicts this perfectly since the young couple on the front is lightly kissing one another and the fence shows a separation between their neighboring family.
P.S. I Like You
This fun book is about two school kids who become friends without knowing who the other person is. It is done through letters and song lyrics, but they begin to share secrets. The cover shows two young people hiding behind paper so that you only see their eyes and gives a hint of what is to come in the book.
Everyone has to make decisions and may feel as though they are torn. The woman in this story she is torn by her desire to do two things and the cover shows it perfectly. It shows her on each side of the cover page as though she is standing beside a mirror with the words splitting it down the middle. It is a cover page that makes you wonder what has her divided.