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I've joined in the Top 10 of 2011 meme, hosted by Jamie and Patricia from Two Chicks on Books, and Rachel from Fiktshun. It will be a week-long event, with a different topic each day. Today's topic is:
Top 10 Book Covers of 2011
Choosing these covers took FOREVER, because there are so many beautiful covers out there! I finally narrowed it down to 12 (10 + 2 honorable mentions). The following are all covers that are eye-catching and stand out enough that--if I knew nothing at all about the book--I would buy based on the cover alone.
Edit: This has nothing to do with the content of the books; I'm going off the covers alone. In fact, there are quite a few books on this list that I really didn't enjoy.
Click the titles to be taken to that book's Goodreads page.
This is one of those covers that you have to see in person to get the full effect. It is shimmery, adding a layer of cool beauty to the intricate design. I love this cover!
Cool paper cutout of a circus, against a night sky...resting in the palm of someone's hand. Makes you wonder what happens at the night circus. And in person, it has silver foiling on all the embellishments around the title.
Another cover that simply must be in person. The greenish parts are actually more of a blue, and it's all shimmery. The word (and picture) are embossed, and the whole thing just looks very pretty. Plus, I am also a huge typography lover, so the font and swirls do a lot to please me. :)
At first look, this looks like a simple cover with a girl--and then you see the pigeons, and her hair, and her outfit. You see the sepia tone and the title...and realize there is much more to this cover than meets the eye. I like the subtlety.
Drink, Slay, Love
I think this one speaks for itself, but I'll say something anyway. It's awesome. A play on the cover for the book Eat, Pray, Love, it gets the point across real quick: vampires, slayage, and definitely some humor. It's a cover that makes you look twice to make sure you're seeing what you think you are (you are).
Smart and funny. I love it.
A smooth and sleek cover that leads your eye to the places you need to see: first the flower, then the smoke leading up to the title Wildefire. It gives the illusion of open space by using dark flowers to fill the rest of the photo, but those same flowers provide more interesting things for your eye to examine once you've been hooked. It looks a bit exotic a bit mysterious, and a bit dangerous. Definitely compelling enough to buy based on the cover alone.
This cover is awesome. It features a vintage photo (letting you know the time period straight off), and has an awkward/creepy enough feel to make you stop and take notice. You'll read the title, look at the girl again, and then realize something: she's floating! Peculiar Children, indeed. Because of the cover, this is a must-buy.
I can't get over the ingenious design of this cover. Slightly humorous, it features a girl with a nice body (sexy sells, right?), a sash to tell you the title, and
an ammo belt a lipstick belt to show that something is amiss for these beauty queens. It teases with just enough info, but makes you want to know more about the book.
Just like Jackson Pearce's Sisters Red cover was one of the coolest illusions I've seen, so is this cover of sweetly. There is more than meets the eye in this cover, and I like that there are only a few colors needed to illustrate that point.
1. Across the Universe
I love this cover. LOVE it. Who doesn't love those stars? The stars, the colors, the faces...it's all so beautiful! And the couple clearly illustrates the title by being so close they could kiss, but not actually kissing...because they're, you know, across the universe. I like the light burst between their mouths, and the big star (planet?) behind the 'I' in the title. I think there was a lot of contemplation behind this cover (placement of the lips, placement of each burst of light, angles to put the couple, etc.) and it really works out.