I Spied With My Bookish Eye- Two Books, Four Different Covers

Recently at the bookstore…

 

Sometimes I believe it would be better to put a bed in a corner in my favorite bookstore. You know, because I seem to be there more often than at home these days. I have a legit reason to be there, though. I´m looking for book covers ( and books to buy ). Some gems are on display while other treasures are buried in dark corners. Those are the ones I´m looking for.

And boy, was I successful this time. So much so that I found different covers for the same books on the same shelves.

 

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`The Farm At The Edge Of The World – Sarah Vaughan

 

 

 

 

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`One Of Us Is Lying` – Karen M McManus

 

Pretty neat, huh?

The Farm At The Edge Of The World by author Sarah Vaughan is a Historical Fiction that´s set in 1944 and the present day. One of those time leap stories ( so I´ve been told ).

If you take a look on Amazon.com you´ll notice that there are, indeed, two different covers for this book. One is the cover for the Hardcover version and the other for the paperback.

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At my preferred bookstore, though, both cover images cover paperbacks. Not really uncommon in the book world. It´s nothing but amusing to see when looking for a book.

I spotted the darker cover first and minutes later the same book with the lighter cover. You can imagine the look on my face as I double triple checked the title and author. Personally, I like the darker cover more as I feel it fits the book description better. I haven´t read this book but I´ve heard many great things about The Farm At The Edge Of The World.

Do I find the covers eye-catchy? Yes and no. They both have a certain appeal but for me- I think the darker one stands out more. It´s the contrast of dark on the upper half and the light on the bottom part that makes this eye-catchy for me. The lighter, illustrated image doesn´t have too many stark contrasts except for the splotches of white and the font.

Would I buy either of these books? The darker cover edition for sure.

 

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`One Of Us Is Lying` by author Karen M. McManus… I´ve been meaning to buy this one for some time but unfortunately- I haven´t had the extra cash to spare.

The English version ( on the right ) was on display while the German version ( on the left ) was buried underneath other bestsellers. Kind of sad because I believe both covers are worth putting on display.

Won´t you look at these beauties!

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To be honest- I love both covers. I love the German edition because it´s simple yet bold ( in color and image ) and I love the English edition because it´s similar to the German edition only more exciting. I love the cut-out faces! I love that both covers actually look like the genre they´re written in- YA.

Personally, I´d love to own the German cover edition but read the English version ( my German reading skills are questionable, to say the least ).

Are the covers eye-catchy? Without a doubt! Both have that great color contrast. You see everything more or less right away without being overwhelmed. White, subdued orange fonts and easy to identify images. Both covers are easy on the eye and either would look stunning in a private book collection.

If all else fails I´m going to add One Of Us Is Lying to my already endless Christmas list.

 


 

Let´s talk: What do you think about these covers? Which would you buy? Which do you already have? Would you buy these books based on these covers? Let me know in the comments below. 


 

Thanks for popping in for another book cover analysis. I hope you enjoyed ❤

XO´s

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I Spied With My Bookish Eye: Busy Book Covers

Creativity has no limits…

…so they say.

Personally, I believe there should be a few limits when it comes to book cover art. The whole idea is to leave a positive lasting impression. Authors should want their books to have that wow-effect. It´s what triggers interest.

When I say `busy` I mean that a book cover image has more than one image. Most of the time there are story binding images of objects thrown into the mix for good measure.

While some authors/cover designers do a marvelous job at creating stunning book cover designs, others tend to over-do things. And more often than not, we´re presented with designs that raise questions.

As Coco Chanel once said ( and others before her ), ” Less is more.

Oh, I almost forgot- Before I continue I´d like to add a kind note:

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Alas, here are some book covers that could have used less.


#1

All In ( #2 Blackstone Affair ) – Raine Miller

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First Reaction: Confused
First Thought: They´re going to a casino now?!
Let´s Talk: It´s been a few years since I read The Blackstone Affair books by author Raine Miller. These romance books were a huge hit back in the day. The cover for ´All In` ( book #2 ) is, in my opinion, the least nicest to look at. Although the large black/white image on the upper half is okay, I think the details on the bottom half are a bit too much. Cards, chips and Big Ben? There are more than three fonts. All that´s killing my vibes a little. Back then I thought the cover was too busy. I haven´t changed my mind.

#2

Code Name: Ghost – Sawyer Bennett

( NR )

Code Name Ghost

First Reaction: Holy Hell
Let´s Talk: I haven´t read `Code Name: Ghost` by author Sawyer Bennett and I don´t think I will, either. The cover is extremely busy and quite revealing if you ask me. There´s an over-filtered guy looking like he has a headache, a city and… dog tags? Oh, come on. I mean- if this is what was chosen then by all means… but I think the image would have been a tad better without the photoshopped in tags ( it certainly wouldn´t have made the image less chaotic ). Personally, I think the whole cover is the definition of chaos. The fonts + the scenery + the guy + the dog tags… All that´s missing is a feather.

#3

Roustabout – Jane Harvey – Berrick

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First Thought: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Let´s Talk: Jane Harvey – Berrick has been one of my favorite authors ever since I read her back then-controversial romance `The Education of Sebastian`. When I saw the cover for `Roustabout`I nearly fell off my chair. What is happening with that cover image?! A guy on a bike ( okay ), a blonde doing the half turn – off-shoulder leather jacket -move ( okay ), there´s a road ( hmm ), and those twinkling lights in the sunburned sky? I can´t tell you what to focus on first. The story deserves a less busy cover.

#4

The Consequence Of Rejection – Rachel Van Dyken

( NR )

The Consequence Of Rejection

First Reaction: Defeated sigh
Let´s Talk: I´ve read most of Rachel Van Dyken´s books but I haven´t read `The Consequence Of Rejection`. And from the looks of it- I probably won´t read it. The cover… Either someone wasn´t able to make up their mind or someone thought they were being creative. There are two too many images. Again, I´m not interested in the fact that the cover is story bound- It´s the visibility I´m after. And right now all I see is three faded images in a collage style and a font that doesn´t work with the whole thing. Someone should have remembered what Coco Chanel said.

#5

Make Me – Jessica Lee

( NR )

Make Me ( Romance )

First Thought: Is it alive?!

Let´s Talk: Seriously, is it? Jokes aside- What am I looking at? Book info says this is a Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Shapeshifter, M/M story. With bondage? His ass is baboon red, the other half of the guy´s body is… Okay, so those are eyes on top. Oh, Jesus Christ on a popsicle… Someone wanted to win the creativity award with this one. When in doubt- Never mix images. Stick with one. Doesn´t matter which one just do it.


What are your thoughts on busy book covers? Do you like them/ dislike them or are you not bothered by them? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤


Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you enjoyed.

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I Spied With My Bookish Eye: Large Fonts

I know what you´re thinking. `She´s spending more time at the bookstore than anywhere else.` Meh. I wish. The truth is: I spend enough time to check out what grabs my attention in a positive or negative way, take a pic or 10 pics then leave again.

So, my bookstore visits are pretty sober and uneventful. Unless I end up buying a book. That´s always celebrated in the store, on my way out of the store, and when I come home.

Two of the many books that made me stop were these two gems with oversized fonts.

 

What I found

Large fonts aren´t uncommon for books. You´ll see this style a lot with thrillers and non-fiction books. When the title dominates the image then it´s a clear sign that you should read the title instead of admiring whatever´s in the background. That´s not to say there isn´t any great image to look at with large fonts. This just means you´ll focus more on a subtle or cryptic hint of what the story is about.

With my findings, I can say that it was the fonts and the colors that caught my attention.

No!: The Power Of Disagreement In A World That Wants To Get Along by author Charlan Nemeth and What She Found In The Woods by Josephine Angelini. Both are very bold in color. Both have large fonts with quite a bit of wording filling out the blank spots.

I was tempted to buy these but ended up placing them back on the shelves I plucked them out from. Because I wanted to be sure about these reads. I can´t just go buy everything I like, right? Book purchase takes time.

What She Found In The Woods happens to be a YA thriller. The taglines were sort of a giveaway for the genre. The reason why I picked this one out is that it looks appealing. The yellow, white and matted teal is a great color combo. Mix cold colors with warm colors and you´ve got yourself an eye-catcher. Also, I think the title is interesting. Who doesn´t want to know what someone else found in the woods, right? To this day I´m hoping some people will find common sense in the woods but that´s another bedtime story for a different night.

As for the other book… No!: The Power of Disagreement in a World That Wants To Get Along is a psychology book that focuses on how vital disagreement is.

Personally, this book spoke the loudest to me. Cover color and title are what pulled me in. The synopsis sealed the deal. As a firm believer in healthy disagreements, I would like to know the psychology behind its necessity. Something´s telling me this would not only be helpful for future businesses but also book bloggers. I could be wrong though. I guess we won´t find out unless we read it, huh?

With that being said, let´s get back to the design.

 

Are these book covers timeless or trendy?  90% timeless – 10% trendy. Large fonts and colors are timeless. It´s a color combination or depth of a certain color that´s often trendy. Think back to the early 90´s and try to remember the bright and bold colors paired with neons. Separately- Awesome colors. Color combo – Not timeless.

 

Do I think these covers will generate sales? Without a doubt, they will. They´re eye-catchy. They were able to stop me.


 

 

Let´s talk:  What do you think about these covers? Are they a YAY or NAY for you? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. 


 

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed.

XO´s

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I Spied With My Bookish Eye: Lazy Book Covers

As an avid reader, I´m always on the lookout for new books to read. From romance to horror to fantasy to the good old cookbooks… There´s an endless supply of books that often call my name.

Books are the Pied Piper for me. They lure me in with their smell, their covers and the promise of entertainment. Thankfully, books only have the power to ruin me financially instead of trying to drown me in a nearby body of water.

But not all books have that kind of power. There are many books who call to me in a negative way. Like these did the other day in the bookshop:

 

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( notice the floral cover on the right? )

 

 

Pillow Thoughts  by  Courtney Peppernell and The Princess Saves Herself In This One ( Women Are Some Kind of Magic #1 ) by Amanda Lovelace. Both books carry collections of poetry.

Pillow Talk is more about love and life and The Princess Saves Herself In This One is emotionally charged. I´d even say a little angry. But hey, I´m not going to be judging the poems today. Today I would like to talk about the laziness of these loveless covers.

My respect goes out to the designers who chose these lifeless color combinations. Very bold choices for a genre as deep and emotional as poetry.

 

Let´s break down this whole cover & content issue

Poetry belongs to one of the four main genres for literature ( with drama, fiction, and non-fiction being the other three ).  It´s sort of a wordplay ( for lack of better term ) where poets use words as a voice channel to express their feelings. Think of poems as indirect messages from a person who has a blooming imagination and the ability to use words as tools. There are people who love poetry and people who´d rather scratch their eyes out before getting near a poem.

I´m just going to say this without feeling an ounce of shame: I don´t always understand poetry. Hence the reason why I don´t enjoy the genre as much as others do. But I will appreciate a nice cover package for a poetry collection.

Which brings me back to the lifeless things on that bookshelf.

Gloomy and bland.

 

 

Black. Black is and always will be apart of my general style. But… No. I´m against black this time.

I don´t have these two on my bookshelf but I did borrow them from a friend shortly after publication. I see what was done here with the covers. The marketing strategy isn´t all too complicated. Poetry is art. The art in these books is not completely uplifting or positive in the traditional sense. The cover art ( and/or lack of ) mirrors the emotions these books hold. Also, the titles wouldn´t be the main focus with an image. They wouldn´t be as powerful as they are with color/designs/objects. The jellyfish image, I find ridiculously misplaced. What a waste of image. The other cover is too simple and looks like it was made by someone who was too tired to think.

 

Do I think more could have been done with the book covers? Absolutely. The phrase `Less is more` has clearly been misinterpreted. Less doesn´t mean non-existent, devoid of everything except a boring font ( that´s also in white ). My textbooks from uni had more spark to them and they were also full of meaningful words.

Would I buy these books based on their covers? No. If you ask me- Marketing failed miserably with these. Unless I´m dying to get my hands on poetry I don´t see myself wanting to add these to my book collection.

 

There will always be people who´ll appreciate this cover style. Simple. Monotonous. Extreme minimalistic. Expressionless.

But wouldn´t it be nice to be able to have one positive thing to say about a cover instead of having nothing to say at all? Poetry or not – An effort could have been made. Especially in the name of art.

 


 What are your thoughts on these covers? Do they speak to you? Have you read these poetry bundles? Let me know in the comments below so we can chat book covers. ❤

 


 

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed.

XO´s

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I Spied With My Bookish Eye: Catchy Book Covers

`I need to check something out at the book store really quick.`

 

Only someone with immense self-control would ever say that. I don´t have self-control when it comes to book stores. In fact – I wouldn´t be able to keep a straight face while saying that. Twelves words – All a lie.

I´ll have you know, though, that my last book store visit was truly a quick visit. I was on a tight schedule and only had an hour to spare. Better than nothing, right? I agree. * waiting patiently for your approval * Besides- I truly just wanted to check a few books out.

So I rushed through the aisles and let my eyes scan through the rows of books. I figured that there would be a book cover that would catch my attention. There had to be. There were actually two covers!

This is what caught my attention.

 

 

 

`City Of Girls` by Elizabeth Gilbert and `Stay Sexy & Don´t Get Murdered` by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark.

The cover for `City Of Girls` is, for me, more about the colors than anything else. I like the combination of a saturated pink and a cool teal shade. The feathers- Well, I´m not too fazed about them. Many book covers have decorative feathers. Many fantasy novels use feather images for their covers. `City Of Girls is historical fiction, though.  Who would have thought?! See how deceiving book covers can be? This cover could easily pass for a contemporary romance but it´s not. I totally love this.

The reason why I grabbed, `Stay Sexy & Don´t Get Murdered` was because of the stark contrasts. Black is always an eye-catcher. And when the title fills the cover, substituting an image, it´s an even larger eye catcher for me. I like these types of book covers because they´re not too revealing. You are forced to use your imagination. And with a title like that, your mind will most likely run wild. The story possibilities are endless. `Stay Sexy & Don´t Get Murdered ` is a non – fiction/biography I can´t wait to purchase.

Yes, I haven´t bought either of these reads. Not yet. Don´t you remember? I was in a hurry.  Ain´t no one got time to purchase books on a whim and on a tight book budget.

Maybe next month.

Would I buy these books based on the covers? I would.


 

What do you think of these covers? Would these book covers grab your attention? Let´s chat! ❤

 

Sending out much bookish love.

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