K is for Killer Book Covers!

So you know how we're always told to NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER?

In this post, we'll let that adage fly out the window. Because it's all about the cover, baby! Ok, not really, but for the purpose of this post, it is.

What draws you to a book on the library shelf, or the one lying on top of the Barnes and Noble's table? I'm a visual person--I'm attracted to pretty things (Look, it's so shiny!). I often read books based on recommendations from trusty friends, but there's also the not-so-rare instance when I would be seen picking up a book merely because of its cover. A caveat: I don't wholly recommend this process, not if you're thinking of buying on impulse. However, if you're at the library, go ahead and pick up the pretty book and cross your fingers the pages within will be able to deliver to your satisfaction. I've had the unfortunate experience of loving book covers, only to be horribly let down by the contents inside. There's also the curious incident of book covers having nothing to do with the actual story--but today, we'll just whet our artistic appetites for all things lovely!

(By the way, I'm a YA writer so naturally, I'm going to feature YA books.)

Bonus points for the lovely artwork INSIDE this book. <3
I have my own copy at home. At the moment, I have all 3 books in the series.
The gold teardrop is really cool in real life.
Love the contrast, and the cover immediately tells you that it's a fun, quirky book about magic.
And yes, it's set in a school of magic. :) 
Haunting. And beautiful.
Haven't read this (not out yet), but I'm already in love with the gorgeous colors.

I'm sure there are lots more out there with gorgeous covers. And speaking of covers, the prettiest one yet I've ever laid eyes on is Anita Howard's cover for her book Splintered! Absolutely gorgeous! You can see her cover reveal here. And while you're there, make sure you follow the link to win an Alice in Wonderland swag from Anita!

Since K can also stand for Karma, earn good karma points from the universe by voting for Anita Howard and her debut Splintered (slated to come out January 2013!) on TLC's Virtual Book Tour contest. Anita's a wonderfully caring, totally selfless, and all-around lovely friend. Plus she has madz writing skillz (trust me, I know.) So click here and VOTE! It'll only take you a couple of seconds.

Thank you so much! Have a great day, everyone!!


M.J. Fifield said...

While the cover is the only criteria I use to pick out novels, it can certainly helps to catch my attention.

Kristen Cashore's novels "Graceling" and "Fire" have very pretty covers.

Kittie Howard said...

I haven't a clue why, but I won't buy a book if the cover has orange or pink colors.

Clarissa Draper said...

Although I don't read YA books much. I do love their covers. Especially the ones with some red in it.

Simon Kewin said...

Fantastic covers there - works of art, really. I know I shouldn't be swayed by covers, but I also know that I am ...

Gina said...

I love all of these covers. It is so important to select the appropriate one for your novel, I can't stress that enough. It is the cover that will make my buy a book I didn't have heard of before.

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Cristina said...

uh, I totally judge a book by it's cover. It's what attracts me to it first when I see it on the shelf.

Laini Talyor's bool is gorgeous inside and out. And so are her words.... I <3 her big time.
I haven't even heard of Carrie Jones, but that cover? beautiful.
Also, Cinder? LOVE that story.... who knew cyborgs could be so awesome?
Great post :)

Connie Keller said...

I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I do. At least, a bit. And if I getting a library book and there are two copies, I always pick the one with the nicest cover.

Daisy Carter said...

I'm so excited for Crewel. The cover is gorgeous!

Krista McLaughlin said...

Sadly, sometimes I do judge a book by its cover, but not normally. Those are some killer covers! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

I love the cover for The Replacement. It's wonderfully creepy. :)

Ashley Nixon said...

Awesome covers!! And YAY ANITA!!! Totally voting. I love her. lol.

Dawn Embers said...

Excellent post. I do consider the cover when picking a book as part of the decision process.

Joyce Lansky said...

When you're referring to the YA market, you're right, cover is everything; however, I've met several authors who hate their own covers. It's a shame that unless you're big time, you have no say on what they put on the cover of your own book.

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A.M.Supinger said...

Lovely! I'll have to add a few of those to my pinterest boards!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Though I am attracted by Killer Covers, I always buy books based on recommendations by people I trust.

Grammy said...

Hi, yes covers can attract, but I look at the titles and read the first page. If the first page doesn't grab me, I replace the book and keep on looking. I also tend to read authors I have read before. Best regards to you. Ruby

Carrie Monroe said...

Great choices for covers.

Eef Ife said...

I like me an ancient coverlet. But attractive to me is the quality of the paper. ;)

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