But, really, don’t we all do? I mean, I certainly do not determine whether or not I pick up a book solely by its cover but it’s a factor. And a good deal at that. Pretty much just like how a query letter is the writer’s first impression on the agent/publisher, a cover is what draws us, readers, initially to the book. I love me some thoughtful, beautifully crafted cover designs. And today, I share my personal favorites from contemporary young adult titles. (In no particular order.)
Look at how simple and lovely that Eleanor & Park is! Seriously, all of Rowell’s books have gorgeous covers. Olga Grlic, who does these amazingness, is a Cover Design Wizard! I also adore how minimalist the layouts for Meg Haston’s Paperweight, Janet E. Cameron’s Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World (I just love that toaster + toasts!) and Michelle Falkoff’s Playlist for the Dead are. Not to mention this edition of John Green’s Paper Towns with its seemingly childlike scribblings. Now, in the case of Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything, one look at this charming cover (trust me, it’s 1000% more attractive in person) had me thinking I’ll definitely have this book in my hands before I even checked out the synopsis. And it’s a win, so yaaay! Gimme some good illustrations and typography and I’m absolutely on board.
What about you dear readers and friends? What book covers have you been obsessing lately?