Top Ten Tuesday: (Cover Lovers) May 6, 2014

So I’m not really a cover art kind of girl.  Sure I appreciate a nice cover, the special editions, the series that make a single scene when laid together, or the spines that create some grand graphic.  And it drives me nuts when my series don’t match (really, my HP Book 6 is the Canadian “adult” cover because it was a gift, and I regularly glare glance at it when I pass the shelf).  I will choose the original cover over the film cover when give the option- but if the movie version is cheaper, that’s what I’m going home with.  So all that being said, I dont know that I could come up with 10 covers I would put on my walls.  I’m just not paying that much attention.  So instead today, I present to you my 10 favorite Cover Lovers… you know the bloggers I found who do care, and have curated a lovely collection for this week’s challenge.  As they are all fabulous- I am presenting them in alphabetical order.

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Stiff, my favorite cover art of all time.

My Top Ten Cover Lovers (and their Top 10 Cover Lists)

  • By Singing Light
    Maureen chose covers which all speak to the human element that is contained in the story.  These covers all include a figure (or the representation of a figure in the case of the pram) which allow us to guess exactly what kind of story involved without actually reading the dust jacket (admit it- sometimes you buy things on the fly like that too!).  My favorite part of the collection is that these images can be so haunting, without being dark, twisted, or in particularly strong or offensive colours.
  • Hardcovers and Heroines
    Alison’s collection is very clean, with an almost paper layer look that reminds me of the art that self published and art department authors might choose.  Many of these covers are so iconic and linked to their novels that removing the typography would do little to hide the title- and are already used as art in many classrooms and homes.  These selections stand to remind us that book covers are perhaps some of the most accessible art of our times.
  • I’m Going to the Library
    Finley Jane’s choices are largely images of a single person, very close to the face, with distinguishing features.  Because the subject is so “close” to the viewer, an intimacy is built between the cover and reader- which draws the eyes into the images detail, and can be offsetting in the case of images with unexpected quirks that are outside of our norm (face art, for example).  This eschewing nature speaks to our understanding of the content- something inside may be a little bit different- which results in drawing a true reader in.  Brilliant, really.
  • The Novel Hermit
    Cee’s selections remind me of the film posters of the golden era- remember then, when films were about stories, and not the actors in them?  The art lends itself to the essence of the story, with simple colour schemes and bold typography making the real star the title- which can be both striking as art and useful when one is looking for a book.
  • Pretty Little Reader
    Kelly’s picks are all euphorial and gentle in composition, with rich tones with just enough use of contrast to make them not only eye drawing, but also not so much to assault the senses.  Just add a string quartet and tall glass of champagne and you might have one heck of an evening.  If these are her book cover choices, I’d like to see the art on her actual walls- I’m guessing Van Gogh’s Starry Night might just be one of the pieces she loves.
  • No Money For Books
    The self proclaimed cash poor blogger certainly doesn’t have poor taste.  This group of covers is fixed on striking contrasts in their images, in colour and content.  In many instances, this was the first time I’d seen some of these covers, and I’m intrigued by the artists ability to overlap images to create multilayer illustrations.  This is especially true when the layers interlock creating a dynamic version of the old lady- young girl illusion depending on how you shift your eyes allowing for two separate by tied images to function as a cover.
  • A Reader of Fictions
    Christina chose a great collection of covers that, while broken into categories in her own post, really speak together with a few unifying themes.  Clearly she (and I) are in love with the simple illustration- no elaborate convoluted picture to distract from the idea or title of the book.  I also love that they use really strong statement colours that are in bold shades, with few “baby” colours to be seen the covers are able to be illustrative without being childish.
  • Reading with ABC
    Arianne has pulled together a strong statement with bold typography over strong iconic images like the Golden Gate Bridge and silhouettes against the fading sky.  The contrast in colour between these elements assures the reader is able to shift focus between the layers, allowing for each to operate autonomously, and cohesively, while both elements remain in line with the tone and subject of the novel.
  • Stealing Pages
    Erin is young, but her choices of strong graphic and typographic images is far from immature.  What I love most about her collection is the cohesion between the words and the other artistic elements, making them a part of the visual story the cover is trying to tell.  It is not typography as a statement, it is typography as a part of art- making the bare bones boring part of a cover into a dynamic addition to the art.
  • Thoughts and Afterthoughts
    Joey, who is one of my go-to standout guy book bloggers, chose a collection that lacks the harsh elements you may expect from the only guy on the list.  His picks are full of gentle colour gradient and out-of-focus shots, which gives the collection the chance to call attention to the title, but also present an idea of the scene rather than a simple image or figure. For some reason, and I don’t know why, they all make me want to lean in, examining the hidden details, and to learn more about them (and the books behind them).

This regular feature here at A MaeDay Life is a part of The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday’s.  This week’s theme was “Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

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6 Comments

  1. Oh wow, thanks for those kind words!

    You’re pretty spot on with your take on the book covers selected (granted, I had to filter through hundreds). Creatively, harsh elements and/or beauty shots can are certainly amazing but not something that really grabs my attention. I think it may be because I’m all for driving value and discussion, so when you can look at something and are able to grasp at different interpretations… that’s what really works for me. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything with a neutral palette.

    I will definitely have to check out some of these other bloggers you’ve listed!

    Cheers,
    Joey

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