Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cover Judger

Judger: maybe not a word? I'm okay with it.

Over on YA Highway they're asking: What are your all time favorite book covers?

I'm drawn to two kinds of covers: super pretty and super creepy. Pretty makes me want it. Creepy gets me intrigued. 

So! Here are the ones that scare me:

The looming windows remind me of jaws, and I don't get the sense that this kid is going to escape unscathed.

Cover matched with the perfect title. So good.


Drood. Dread. Coupled with the fact that it's about a dark double life? Yes, please.

It doesn't seem like much, but if you look closely you can see a blueprint-like pattern in the black. Match that with the fact that this book is about a house that's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside (and the fact that it's the most unique, unsettling book I've ever read) creep-fest.


I couldn't decide which of these I liked better. So, both!

Now, for the pretty:

These books could be blank on the inside and I'd still want to own them.

And for the that's stuck with me for quite some time. I haven't read the book, but something about the shades of blue they use...or maybe the lonely figure...I don't know, but this cover won't let me go:


Alicia Gregoire said...

The cover for Drood creeps me out whenever I see it. Good call on all of them.

Colin Smith said...

I agree, OBEDIENCE has that sense of impending doom about the cover--which may be totally appropriate. I don't know, I've not read the book! Interesting selection. Some ideas for my library here.

If you would like to see my choice, it's here:

Alison Miller said...

These books could be blank on the inside and I'd still want to own them.

I agree! WOW!

Kathleen Peacock said...

I really love the way they played with type for The Pledge cover. It impresses the heck out of me.

Angelica R. Jackson said...

That cover of So Cold the River with the ghostly figures among the trees--so cool! And the Drood cover looks like it could work equally well for a Jack the Ripper book.

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