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

All In

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

ROustabout

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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One Book. Different Covers. ( Foreign Editions )

We´re slowly ( oh, ever so slowly ) moving in the direction I´ve been raving about all this time. Book cover discussions.

As weird as this may seem… I´m feeling more and more inclined to talk about the one thing that makes my heart explode with love or my blood pressure rise.

If you so happen to be new to this blog then you probably haven´t had the pleasure of finding out what my general opinion on book cover images / book cover art are. I´m sure none of you have scrolled that far back to search for my apocalyptic ideas and thoughts on certain covers. And that´s perfectly fine.

To save you time ( because I´m THAT extra ) I´l give you a quick bullet point rundown on what I prefer to see on a book cover ( not genre fixed )

  • non character images
  • bold color contrasts
  • large images
  •  non busy

As long as the book cover is an eye catcher in a positive way I´ll stop and take a look.

Now, we all know the saying `Never judge a book by it´s cover`. There isn´t a saying that´s more annoying to me than that one. Because of course (!!!) I judge a book by it´s cover. Who doesn´? It´s the first thing we see before reaching out for a book ( unless a book has been recommended and said person spoiled 1/3 of the story for me beforehand… in that case it´s then book purchase by recommendation ).

An eye catchy book cover is a silent invitation to take a closer look at a book. And when you like what you see you´ll take your time to check the book out and read the synopsis on the backside. It´s as simple as that.

To judge a book by it´s cover is okay. There´s no crime committed when saying a book cover has caught your attention. Because book covers are important!

With all this being said- I went on a book shopping spree the other day and noticed a few book covers that I haven´t seen before. Now, most of you probably figured out that I live in Germany, and that my german language skills are * cough cough * for shit. This also includes my reading skills. It takes me F.O.R.E.V.E.R to read a 200 page novel written in german. This is the reason why I´m Amazon´s best customer because I order all my english editions on there.

Back to the book shopping spree:

The book store I like to shop at does have a small aisle with english published books. Yes, the fantasy and horror corner takes up much of that aisle but that´s okay. I can live with that. It wasn´t until I was searching for books for the girls when I noticed the different cover images for the books I already have.

 

A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Now, while I wasn´t a fan of the cover ( or the story, for that matter review here) from the english edition, I did find myself drawn to the german cover. It just speaks to me more with its light cool colors.

This got me thinking…. What other book cover treasures were out there for the books I already have. I went on a foreign edition hunt…. and I was successful!

 

 

 

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram is a cute romance written for people who aren´t me but I must say that while I love the cover for the english edition ( left ) I´m not so sure what to think of the german edition ( right ). It´s plain and simple but… maybe too simple?

 

 

Yeah, not digging the english edition for Sarina Bowen´s The Ivy Years #1 but I do fancy the german cover. I blame it on the backside of the guy´s head in the left image. Uugh.

 

 

Love the color theme on the english edition for Monica Murphy´s Never Tear Us Apart ( Never #1 ) but I hate seeing the faces. The german edition, though…. Good Lawd, the orange bits on the cover reflect in a bronze tone and it´s just stunning. Would rather have the german cover on my shelf. * sigh *

 

 

This one rubs me the wrong way. The left image is the english edition for Slammed by Colleen Hoover. The cover image was perfect for when it was published. Now it´s outdated. The german edition ( right ) might be more trendy but it doesn´t really fit the story. I still prefer the german edition, though. Would look impressive on my bookshelf with all the other black outdated book covers.

 

 

Hands down, the english edition ( left ) of Maybe This Time by Jennifer Snow is nothing I´d ever purchase in a book store. Not with that cover. If only the book had the cover from the german edition….

 

So, there ya have it. One book. Different editions and covers. I can´t really say if the germans are far better at creating book covers but I can say that it´s nice to see what a difference a cover image can make.


Which book covers / forgein editions do you like or prefer?


 

Thank you for reading. I hope you have a lovely bookish day,

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