Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover

 

On Crushing Cinder’s blog she made a post showcasing her favorite book covers, the ones she would like to frame on her wall and oogle at all day. Even though that post was ages ago I decided to take a note out of her book – er, blog, and do the same.

They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover but it’s a good cover that drags us in and gives us tantalizing clues about what might be inside.

 

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Shatter Me by Tehari Mafi

I really like this book, I once said it’s a series that I would love to have on my bookshelf. Even a friend who didn’t like the book (2 stars, waaaaah!) liked the cover because there’s no denying its gorgeousness.

 

 

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Pure by Julianna Baggott

The cover for the first book in this dystopian trilogy is deceptively simple, butterfly under a glass dome, nothing to see here, but when you look at the front and back cover side by side  (unfortunately, I couldn’t find an image of the back cover…) it tells a story and reveals the main premise of the book. A post-apocalyptic event has mutated the land and people outside of the Dome while the people who live inside it and managed to escape the radiation are called Pures. Which is why on the front cover, the butterfly under the glass is ‘pure’ while on the back a handmade butterfly flutters outside of it.

 

 

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I actually didn’t really like this book (in fact I barely remember it) but the cover is something that has really stuck with me over the years with its beautiful underwater photography.

 

 

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This is one badass cover. In the acknowledgments the author said that Throne of Glass is based off of Cinderella as she was listening to the soundtrack one day and realized the music actually sounded pretty dark. She thought what if Cinderella ran from the ball because she was an assassin? There’s political intrigue, hidden elves, dastardly monarchs, and of course lots of assassinations. 🙂

 

 

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyers

Bear with me.

I like Twilight (I got into it before it was super popular and am decidedly smug) I know there are lots of people who have issues with the book but we’re not here to talk about that (I wouldn’t listen to you anyway :p). The cover is gorgeous and immediately pulls you in with the slight mystery of the hands holding an apple, hinting at sin. Also, this cover was a game changer in the way covers were done for vampire novels and we ended up seeing a lot less leather (and black, and goth, and widow’s peaks, and capes) as the years progressed.

 

 

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The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock

“No fair!” You say, “She’s your friend! I smell nepotism!”

All true (well except for the nepotism, I’m nobody’s uncle :p). But……

When I got The Girl, way before I knew Madhuri the person, it took me two days before I actually started the book but those two days were spent absently gazing at the cover, fondling the pixels (it was an ebook) and imagining what was inside, which are all things a good book cover is supposed to do. Also I got an author friend out of it so, score!

 

 

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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

I. Freakin. Love. This. Cover.

I like Will, but Jem is my favorite and I was rooting for him throughout the whole book (takes out pom poms) and a book with just him on the cover… I can’t… *passes out*

 

 

 

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Liar by Justine Larbalestier

This book came out with a lot of controversy. Liar is about a girl who is an unreliable narrator, and may or may not be a werewolf (there’s a lot of may or may not bes in this book because Micah lies, and lies about lying, and lies about lying about lying). But one thing that is certain is that she’s a black girl (actually she’s biracial but she views the world and the world views her as a black person). The author wanted a non-representative cover for the book because she felt that some people might take a offense to the idea of Liar emblazoned under a picture of a black girl but what she didn’t expect was that the publishing company would whitewash the cover completely (this company actually has quite a track record for whitewashing). Things hit the fan and the cover was eventually corrected. For me, this cover is gorgeous, and also serves as a reminder on how much work still needs to be done as readers, writers and publishers.

(Also she has another book coming out this year, of which I am super excited. Yay, Razorhurst!)

 

 

Well, that’s all folks. Tell me some of your favorite covers not to mention whether or not you judge books by their covers or the content of their pages?

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4 thoughts on “Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover

  1. After reading this, I must read Throne of Glass, simply because that cover is the business. Also, I love the Liar cover – her eyes say it all. Makes me sad that cover invoked so much controversy. For all the progress people of color have made, sometimes it feels like things are moving backwards.

    And I made your list??? HOLLA!!

    • A lot of covers were being seriously whitewashed that year, which was really unfortunate, especially when diverse books still make up only a small percentage of the YA published by the major publishers. It also puts authors in a bind, because they have to worry whether standing up will put them on the ‘Difficult Author’ list and make it harder to get their next book out. Most stand up, but still an environment where that’s even a possiblility shouldn’t exist.
      And yes, you made the list 🙂 When I really like a cover or a book, I wind up fondling it for a few days and not actually reading it, just going ‘Oooo, so pwetty!’

      • Even Jem almost got whitewashed, the subtle kind they do with Asian characters where they hide they eyes hoping a quick glance will make you think that they’re white.

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