March 6, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (8)

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Favorite Covers

I'm not gonna lie, this is most often how I choose my books.  The cover has to grab me in some way, make me want to see what it's all about, and in a sea of complicated covers the way to grab me is simplicity.  I learned when I took my advertising/graphics classes that I really love a simple, clean aesthetic.  Bright colors are also a must. 

 1. Matched, Crossed, Reached - Ally Condie
I actually had an advanced copy of Matched, but only decided I really wanted to read it after I saw the finished cover.  I love the girl in the bubble, I love the green against the very light gray...They just knocked it out of the park with the first cover.  I like the Crossed cover also, but I wish for Reached they had used a different color.  I think the red is too bold, but that's probably what they were going for.

2. White Cat, Red Glove, Black Heart - Holly Black
 I loved the original covers of this series, but there's something about these new ones that get me.  I love the dotted lines and the way the text swirls into the picture.  The bright color on the black background really make the titles pop.

3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith
I love everything about this cover.  The black and white image, the use of red, the title being the main focus of the cover.  I have a serious love of typography and this cover speaks to that love.
4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
I don't know why I love this one as much as I do.  It all just works together and it caught my attention the minute I saw it.
5. The Disenchantments - Nina LaCour
 This cover just screams California summer to me.  The lighting is great, I love her sunglasses, and the font that's used is amazing.

6. The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers - Lynn Weingarten
The stars!  I love the way you can see the motion in the confetti and that her hands are what are in focus, while the girl is in the background.

7. Sweethearts - Sara Zarr
The light colors, the cookie with the bite taken out of's so simple and so perfect.

8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews
 This is a new one.  I just saw it at the bookstore the other day and immediately had to know what it was about.  I love the color blocking and the puppet show feel to it.  I'm definitely going to check this one out.

9. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson
 With this one I just feel that whoever designed it really knew what they were doing.  The line in the road draws your eye up, but their hands form kind of an arrow guiding you back down to the title.  The coloring makes me think of summer.  It all just works for me.

10. The Princess Diaries series - Meg Cabot
The definition of simplicity.  The only thing that is different on each book is the color and the lock.  I love this re-do.  Even better, they were matte covers which I think works better than glossy on a cover as simple as this.  The bad news is they're no longer matte, they're making them all glossy.  This is making it incredibly hard to complete the collection in it's matte form and is frustrating the crap out of me.


The Mockingbirds - Daisy Whitney
The light bird on the black cover just pops.  Also the very bold text makes it stand out in a crowd.

Ex-Mas - Kate Brian
Simple and festive.  Gotta love it. 


  1. Fab covers, I like the Ally Condie covers and it's not really until you line them up that the red stands out like that, I think you're right. Perhaps purple would have worked better - noticed that's the colour for each of the last books in the other two trilogies.
    The Holly Black ones look super. I haven't read the series yet but the covers I saw aren't as lovely as these.
    My TTT

  2. Wonderful selections. I absolutely adore the Matched cover. That series is great!!!!

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  3. Ooh, I hadn't seen the cover for Reached before! I just read Crossed a couple of weeks ago. They're all good covers, but I might be with you on the fiery red. It's quite a jump from the cool blue and green. Still, a good design overall.

    Mara Dyer's making a lot of lists... it's really beautifully put together.

  4. I loved the Matched covers too - I've seen them on a lot of lists today. I agree with you in that the first one is the best, but I do like Crossed and Reached too.

    I've never seen those Princess Diaries covers before. Mine have kind of a cartoony girl on the front, I think. Haha, I hate when they change the covers half-way through - it would really annoy me if I couldn't get the matte ones!

  5. You Must Not Understand The Match Covers But Each Cover Represents The Tablets They Carry Get It Green, Blue, Red That Wouldn't Make Sense To Make It Purple.... Only A True Ally Condie Fan Would Understand Where She Was Coming From.................. Think Outside The box You Should Try It :D

    Byez Glad I Could Help :P

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    2. Thats what I was thinking when I was reading it! Cant wait for Reached!! Comes out 12 days before my bday ♥

  6. i REALLY love the matched covers,too and can't wait for Reached :)