September 21, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: Favourite Covers

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:
What are your all-time favorite book covers?

This topic is difficult and not just because there are too many to choose from (there are), but mostly because nearly all of my books are packed up in the wall of Uhaul boxes three feet away from me (stupid moving). It's that whole out-of-sight-out-of-mind thing. Challenging, but still doable.

Jane Eyre seems to be popping up a lot on other people's blogs for this RTW topic, and I am no exception. I have an alarmingly large number of copies of this book because I love it, but this one is a particular favourite:

The darkness of this cover really seems to capture some
of the gloom and gothic-style creepiness in the book itself.
 I love both of these next covers because of the trees with the falling leaves swirling around them (don't forget: I [heart] Autumn):
Insurgent: The Amity tree symbol is downright gorgeous,
and I'm really excited for this book's release in Spring 2012!

The Grimm Legacy: There's a lot going on here, but it's all
great: leaves, snowflakes, wind, arms, and so much more. It
really captures the fun underneath the cover on the pages.

 My eye was drawn to this next book's cover a number of times before I actually caved and bought it (oddly, on my e-reader where the cover appearance is less than eye-catching). I thought the book was only so so, but I still love the cover:

It's hard to tell just from this picture, but the scrolly bit at
the top is raised and silver in colour. Also, the scrolling is
carried faintly over the tiger image as well. Very pretty :)

The cover of this next one isn't a favourite because it is pretty (it's not), but more because it really captures the main thrust (ew) of the book:
The total "Commy" look of this cover is fitting and also makes
it look like a Cold War era propaganda poster. Perfect, really.

I haven't read this next book yet, but that hasn't stopped me from absolutely loving the cover. In fact, I love it so much that I followed Michelle Hodkin's link to the artist's (Heather Landis) page where she has a whole line of pictures from this photo shoot. The series is called "The Abyss of the Disheartened", and they are all stunning.
I love the way the fabric of the dress looks like it is floating ever-so-slightly
in the water. I also love that you can't actually see either person's face. It
feels more mysterious that way. Also adding to the mystery and atmosphere
of the cover is the darkness of the photo. I like the way the title of the book
seems to fade in and out in places almost like it ripples with the water, and
that the title is faded out a bit and not super bold. It doesn't detract at all
from the photo's beauty. Plus, you gotta love the "Phantom of the Opera" &
"Last of the Mohicans" style embrace. There's too much to love about this!
I'm sure there are scores of other book covers that I could put here, but I won't. It's not like I could actually remember any more even if I wanted to. Stupid Uhaul boxes [insert scowly face].


  1. I love the title on THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER...the cover is great too.

  2. The tree on the Insurgent cover is the best part. I love the leaves swirling in the wind.

    I've never seen that Jane Eyre cover, but you're right. It does feel much gloomier than any others I've seen.

  3. Wow, that Jane Eyre cover is definitely very gloomy.

  4. That is a great Jane Eyre cover. It reminds me of Edward Gorey illustrations, which works with the creepy.

    I like The Grimm Legacy too. I might have to read that one.

  5. Glad to see someone else loves tree covers! And I had never seen that Jane Eyre cover before - so super creepy!

  6. I love your covers and totally agree about Insurgent. Great picks!

  7. I LOVE that Jane Eyre cover. After this roadtrip I may have several copies shipped to my house!

  8. Yes, that Insurgent cover is amazing. I can't wait to read that book!

  9. Lovely choices! I've never seen that version of ANIMAL FARM before... So cool! And INSURGENT... to die for!

  10. I'm a new follower *waves* Your blog is GORGEOUS!!!! I adored The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer! Both the cover, the title, and the book, so easily devoured!

  11. Welcome, Jen :)

    Judging from the blog hop and the comments here, Insurgent and Mara Dyer seem to be favourites. Can't wait for either of them!

  12. I almost posted The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, too. When I first saw that cover, I didn't even notice the guy because I was so captivated by the tension of the (headless) girl suspended in the water. It seems like I notice new things in that photo every time I see it, which is a difficult thing to do (but something to aspire to as a photographer).


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