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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10 Most Amazing Book Sculptures & Book Art

It looks like we´ve long passed the era of using books as a way to gain knowledge and/ or for sheer entertainment.

Because reading isn´t the only thing you can do with books. You can use books to even out a wobbly table, use books as table legs or even build your own Christmas tree out of books. The internet provides countless ideas on what you can use books for.

 

There are no boundaries when it comes to creativity.

 

Book art is a debatable thing in the book world. While the art, per se, is often beyond stunning, many book lovers believe certain book art is just book abuse. Because what book lover would be sane enough to butcher a book? Readers appreciate books. To have and to hold and to let them collect dust on bookshelves. Readers don´t just sit down, fall in love with characters and a story. They don´t just wait until they´ve finished reading and decide to get a scalpel and carve out pages ( or use a sword, in Jeoffry´s case ). That´s just sacrilegious.

 

You don´t hurt books. That´s rule #1 in the book universe. But (!!!) you can be forgiven if you belong to those creative people who create dreams and magic with books and their pages by using a sharp object. ( or if you just use a random newspaper and just add the creation to an open book. That´ll save you, too )

 

Here are the 10 most amazing book sculptures and book art created by insanely talented artists!

 

  1. Release The Magic Wand!

This is great. It looks so simple and easy to copy although it probably is anything but.

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2. Butterfly Falls

This is really cute and would look amazing as a wall decoration next to a bookshelf.

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3. Butterfly Book Hive

I can´t decide which is prettier. The butterflies above or this version.

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4. The Wisdom Tree

Won´t you look at the leaves! Such detail and… so tiny. I would have giving myself countless scissor cuts if that were my creation. Love this.

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5. The Tower Rose

I´ve tried creating one of these and failed miserably. My piss poor attempt to create such a beautiful piece of art was nothing to compared to this. Stunning.

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6. I Have No Words

I can´t. I can´t imagine how long this must have taken to create. It´s so chaotic and mesmerizing. I can´t even look away. Whoever created this art is clearly DA BOMB.

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7. Book-to-pus

This brilliantly crafted octopus literally looks like a creature trying to escape. Someone must have left a book open for too long * gg*

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8. Literary Woods

What a gem this one is. The added black background makes this whole scene picture book worthy. The work invested here must have been immense!

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9. The Hidden Bookish Temple

No words needed here. The detail work speaks for itself. Whoever created this must have had lots of love, energy and patience. LOVE.

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10. The Book Wave

Look at this. LOOK AT IT! This book sculpture looks just like the real thing. Even the colors work. I am in love.

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Which book sculpture was your favorite? Have you tried to sculpt something out of a book? 

 

I hope you enjoyed the 10 Most Amazing Book Sculptures & Book Art. Be sure to leave a like or a comment below. Thank you ❤

Much bookish love,

Morgana ❤ ❤

 

 

Instagram – Meet The New Book Box

1 year and 4 months.

Wow. That´s how long my Book Box on Instagram lasted. Pretty inpressive, if you ask me. I thought I´d give up much quicker. But I set a goal and I even reached beyond that goal. Now…

It´s time, though, to slowly send the old book box into retirement and let the new generation take over.

But before I introduce you to the new addition let´s take a moment to appreciate the old one.

book box

Old and beaten but still wonderful. When I started out taking pics with this box it still had 4 removable legs.

Now, the box has one leg missing ( it´s somewhere in the field in the next village ) and 2 legs broke off. The box now has one remaining leg.

I will miss using this box. Not so much the fact that it´s a real pain in the ass to carry it around ( because, it truly was a tad bulky and didn´t fit into any backpack or bag ). No. I´ll miss using this for creativity purposes.

The box will stay a part of my deco in the house.

As for the new kid on the block…

It´s much smaller. Much handier. It fits in all my bags and doesn´t take up half the space in my car trunk.

The box itself is smaller than a large paperback book. But don´t worry. I wasn´t planning on stuffing a book inside the box anyways.

Morgana´s Book Box on Instagram is getting a tiny make over with this little cute baby.

Tadaaaaa!!

book box 2

Isn´t it cute?

The little inscript on the lower left corner? IT WAS ALREADY THERE! * faint *

As if some higher power wanted me to put the first book box out of it´s misery. And besides, a million ideas flooded my brain when my eyes caught this little gem. A win / win for me 2x over.

Normally, I dislike replacing stuff with new things ( because if it´s not broke, there´s no need for a replacement). In this case, though… It was kind of necessary.

 

So, there ya have it. Be sure to stay tuned for more, new Instagram features  with and without the new book box.

If you haven´t already then just click here and say hi.

I´d love to chat.

Much love,

Morgana ❤

Pros and Cons Of Co – Book Blogging

To be a single book blogger or to co – book blog….

It´s that one question that occupies a book blogger´s mind at least once in their book blogging career, no matter if they´re a single book blogger or not.

Should I blog alone or should I team up with a friend and co – book blog?

 

Unfortunately, I don´t have a simple answer for that question. It completely depends on the book blogger. Either a person is the type to be a co – blogger or they aren´t.

Both are acceptable and both seem to work wonderfully. There are single book bloggers doing all kinds of wonderful work with their blogs and there are book blogs who have 2-4 book bloggers working together, publishing a great mixture of content.

Despite both, the 1 – man – show and dream – teams being wonderful, they each have their downsides. Let´s do a quick breakdown to show the differences between the two by listing the pros and cons for being a single book blogger and for co – book blogging.

Pros for Co – Book Blogging

  • Spend more time with your bestie / friend and books
  • Blog content uploads more frequently ( more reviews, more promo, etc )
  • Include multiple topics to a blog
  • Divide blog activities ( give each book blogger a specific job / role, e.g. 1 concentrates on social media, 1 focuses on managing the site )
  • Networking is easier
  • Save time in many areas

 

Cons for Co – Book Blogging

  • Sharing 1 site
  • Not being in full control
  • Wasting time waiting for feedback
  • Not being aware of all blog activities ( social media, chats, author convos, etc )
  • Spending too much time with your bestie / friend
  • Uploading too much blog content

 

Pros for Single Book Blogging

  • No site sharing
  • Knowing what´s uploaded at all times
  • Freedom to make decisions
  • Not spending too much time with your bestie

 

Cons for Single Book Blogging

  • Networking is slow
  • Working all platforms alone
  • Less blog content
  • Waste time procrastinating

 

To sum this up – It all comes down to what a book blogger prefers. To what works best for a book blogger. Some enjoy having the company of like – minded people ( let´s call them besties for everyone´s sake )  while working on a single site.

There are many positive sides to co – book blogging, especially when there´s a huge goal they want to reach. May that goal be as simple as getting exposure or something as huge as becoming the world´s best book blog… When 2 or more book bloggers put their heads together they can achieve a lot more in a shorter amount of time.

It´s a simple fact that when you regularly upload content and divide blog work then you get more done. More reviews can be uploaded. You get more out of everything. There´s hardly a chance to become overwhelmed ( keyword: hardly )

But there´s one thing co – blogging doesn´t allow and never will: Being able to have full control.

This is where co – blogging might not be the right choice for someone who is a control freak or for someone who loves their independence.

Yes. You have to get back with your co – bloggers when you have an idea that might work for the blog.

No matter what kind of book blog system you work. No matter how tolerant your co – blogger might be. It doesn´t even matter if you say you´re best friends. There´s no way around the bush when it comes to making decisions regarding ANYTHING about the blog. You have to talk about your ideas / plans with your co – blogger. You have to, both, be on board with everything discussed before anything is published. And if not then you have to compromise. While that might not be seen as something negative for some book bloggers… it can become taxing when 2 ( or more ) can´t come to an agreement after a while.

It´s what I would call `restricted creativity`.

Of course, there are book bloggers who co – blog and make it all work.

“We do whatever we want, when we want, how we want… Our only goal is to have fun.”

And that´s perfect. If it works well then everyone co – blogging that way has my full support.

Like I´ve mentioned before – Co – blogging works out beautifully for some people and you can see that love on their blogs.

 

As for the sorry single book bloggers….

 

There might not be many positive sides to book blogging alone but there is one tiny thing that outweighs everything else.

The freedom of creativity.

Single book bloggers don´t have to ask for permission or run their ideas by someone else when it comes to designs, blog posts, social media posts, etc.

Yes. Networking is slow. Actually, it´s slower than slow. No single person can work as much as co – bloggers. Not unless book blogging is a full-time job for them, that is.

Single book bloggers will most likely post 2 reviews a week instead of 4.

And when a single book blogger becomes overwhelmed with blog work  then they know it´s their own fault and no one else´s. They can´t blame the co – blogger because there isn´t one available ( something co – bloggers occasionally do is shove the blame back and forth ).

Of course, all the slow networking and uploads doesn´t mean a single book blogger can´t achieve a lot or reach their goals. They can and actually do it.

Co – blogging with a friend is not always easy, either. It´s all about being able to find a common ground to work on and compromise.

I´ll say it again ( because this can never be said enough )… It all depends on the person who blogs. Co – blogging is wonderful and works for hundreds of bloggers. And being a single book blogger isn´t for everyone, either. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Co – book blogging or not – both have nothing to do with having / not having team working skills. Book blogging is a hobby for the majority of us all. You either want to share your hobby or not.

 

As for myself – I´m an ex – co – book blogger who now blogs solo.

While I definitely loved the positive sides from co – blogging I couldn´t help but feel the burden of the negative sides. I loved sharing the blog and dividing the blog work but I absolutely hated it when I had to wait for approval and not having my own voice.

Because when you share a book blog ( or blog in general ) only one voice exists. And that voice is the blog´s voice. There can be 2, 3, 4 or even 5 people sharing a blog…. the strongest voice is the brand itself and not the individuals who run it.

That´s the main reason why I left my first blog after 6 years.

Right now, I can say that being a single book blogger works for me better than co – book blogging. I just love my freedom.

 

What did we learn today?

That no matter what type of book blogger you are, you´re still awesome. You´re a great addition to the book universe whatever you decide to do.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Any feedback on co -book blogging or going solo is much appreciated.

Hope you all have a wonderful day! ❤