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January 28, 2020

Favorite book covers of ten of my favorite books

This week's Top Ten Tuesday's prompt is 'Book Cover Freebie.' I decided to list 'my favorite book covers of ten of my favorite books'. It's very rare that I would like the book and the cover at the same time. These are in no particular order.

01 | Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte > link
The illustration by Júlia Sardá is just perfect and it captured a scene in the book. This one has the red spine which I love. You can check out Sardá's website here.

02 | Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon > link
I love the colors and it's quite a simple design which fits the book well.

03 | Gathering the Water by Robert Edric > link
I just like how the illustration is drawn. I think this is a type of wood engraving but I'm not sure. The image is makeup of lines. The blue is actually darker than it is shown here and there are silver borders around the image and around the book which you can see only as a light shade of blue here. Cover illustration is by Christopher Wormell and you can check out his website here.

04 | Matilda by Roald Dahl, Illustrated by Quentin Blake > link
I love this simple version. Strangely, I didn't quite like the green at first but now I think it suits the illustration just perfectly and the inside text is in a dark blue. This cover art is by Quentin Blake and you can visit his website here.

05 | Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson > link
I wouldn't call this a novel, this is more like stories with a similar theme of people missing something such as a front door, their sense of direction, etc. There is also a woman turning into a tree which I think the cover depicts. The cover illustration is by Tegan Moss.

06 | Dealing With Dragons - Book 1 - The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede > link
The four book series have really wonderful cover illustrations but my favorite is Dealing with Dragons which features the main character Princess Cimorene and the dragon Kazul. Cover illustration is by Trina Schart Hyman. Wrap around image is from here and there's a really good article to read, 'How to be Awesome Like Cimorene.'

07 | The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery > link
I like the simple scene here. The cover art is by Elly MacKay who does these wonderful paper & ink illustrations and this cover is one of them. Visit MacKay's website here.

08 |  The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro > link
This cover reminds me of those old classic books. I guess it's the image itself that invokes this feeling and I think it suits the book very well. Cover photo is by Michael Trevillion.

09 | East / West by Edith Pattou > link 1, link 2
These are so wonderful. Cover illustrations are by Charlie Bowater and you can visit her website here.

10 |  Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly > link
I totally love how the main character Kymera is depicted here. I think it was the cover that got me to read this book. Cover illustration is by Skottie Young and you can visit his website here.

Do you have a favorite book with a cover you also love?


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20 comments:

  1. I love the covers on most of my books, so I don't think I can pick a favourite.

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    1. @River: Probably not but for me, it's pretty easy to pick favorites. I'm a very picky girl.

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  2. Now I might sound old and bitter, but I very seldom look at book covers. It is so often I find after reading the book, that the cover artist did not read the book. E.g. the text tells us clearly that our protagonist is dressed in green in that specific scene, yet the cover shows him or her dressed in blue!
    When I began reading, it was library books, all in covers without pictures on them, this might be a contributing reason for my non-noticing of cover art.
    PS. I like Dealing With Dragons best - I only hope she, they and the Dragon looks like this in the book. Monstrous is not bad either.

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    1. @Charlotte: Oh yes, the characters from 'Dealing with Dragons' does look exactly like the cover, at least, when I read it, it is. I think different readers might get a different impression but for me, this cover exactly depicts these characters perfectly.

      I also kind of didn't notice covers much when I first started reading but these days, I notice it a lot more, and also because I'm a graphic designer so I always notice when a cover or anything else is done well or not.

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  3. Some really great covers here! I really like Monstrous!

    Top Ten Tuesday

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    1. @Leslie: Monstrous is great and not just for the cover.

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  4. Add me to those who thought that Dealing With Dragons was the best of the series. I still reread it from time to time but rarely reread the others.
    Like MotherOwl I am not drawn to the covers. The images rarely match the ones in my head - and she is right that the illustrators often have not read the book.
    I love that the graphic designer in you DOES notice the art work and I will try and do better on that front.

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    1. @ Elephant's Child: 'Dealing with dragons' is my favorite in the series too.

      I went to school fo graphic design so I don't notice book covers, then I don't know where my education went.

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  5. I did Books with Books on the Cover for my TTT today and I wanted to put MATILDA in, but then I realized I really don't like any of the covers I've seen for it! I'm not much for illustrated covers at all, to be honest.

    Happy TTT!

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    1. @Susan: Matilda is great but some of the covers aren't so greatt.

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  6. I like that cover of Agnes grey a lot. The Blue Castle is beautiful as well, and I like East with the bear. The Wrede covers are fun too.

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    1. @Greg: All the covers here are great, well, I think so since they are my favorite. I'm glad you like them.

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  7. These covers are all so great! And I love so many of these books: The Blue Castle, Snow Hunters, and Matilda. :)

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    1. @Lark: I love these books too.

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    1. @ Christine: Thank you and thanks for visiting.

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  9. Wow, that's a beautiful cover for Agnes Grey.

    My TTT .

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    1. @Lydia: Yes, the Agnes Grey cover is wonderful.

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  10. Of Things Gone Astray and Gathering of Water both have very interesting, attractive covers. I do know that great covers =/= great book, and visa versa, but I definitely am drawn to pick up a book if the cover calls to me.

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    1. @Wendy: I believe I wanted to read 'Of things gone astray' because of the cover. Book covers does inspire reading.

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