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January 27, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday: Favorite Book Covers

Kate Hart
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This week we're collecting our favorite book covers. I thought it would be fun to compare picks with my husband, and it turns out our tastes are nothing alike. However, he's red/green color blind, and a bigger history nerd than me. So take his opinion with a grain of salt. :)

His choices:

A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving.
I have no explanation other than armadillos are funny. Proof:




THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
He likes this one more for the story behind it, I think.






MOBY DICK by Herman Melville:
And I quote, "It's a bunch of dudes on a big dead whale! Look at it! It's awesome!"





WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES by David Sedaris:
"A skeleton smoking a cigarette? Come on! That's awesome!"

Obviously we disagree.









My choices seem to break down into categories. I haven't read all of these yet so I can't comment on how cover quality relates to book quality.

Teal and red

WAR DANCES by Sherman Alexie and IF I STAY by Gayle Forman


Blue







WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson and MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork



Scenic and/or orange

BRAVE COMPANIONS by David McCullough, THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG by Edward Abbey, THE VALLEY OF HORSES by Jean M. Auel and CATFISH AND MANDALA by Andrew X. Pham


Flowers. These two are weirdly alike.


WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr and ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy. I especially like the font on the Tolstoy.

Mysterious

THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan-- I'm sad that they changed it for paperback.
TWILIGHT, et al, by STEPHENIE MEYER-- Say what you want, but her covers are awesome. I hate the ones with RPattz and KStew on them.
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl-- You can't tell from the pic, but it's kind of shimmery, too.


"I will cut a bitch"

WHERE WHITE MEN FEAR TO TREAD by Russell Means and FLIGHT by Sherman Alexie-- I LOVE the combination of modern vector art and traditional Indian imagery on the second.

And a few of my favorite younger book covers... which also tend to be blue, green and/or scenic.


LOST AND FOUND by Oliver Jeffers (I love love love love this book, especially when he hugs the penguin at the end-- cutest illustration EVER); BEAR WANTS MORE by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman (also some of the cutest illustrations ever); TIKKI TIKKI TEMBO by Arlene Mosel and ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O'Dell.


Next week we'll be asking: What's the next big thing in YA? 

9 comments:

  1. Your taste is way better than your husband's! Those are great covers.

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  2. What a great idea--I should've asked my boyfriend about some of his faves. Although I might've been scared by the response.

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  3. LOL at "Scenic and/or Orange"

    fun idea. I don't think my husband's read enough books to compare, unfortunately.

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  4. hahaha - your husband is hilarious. Definitely not my kind of covers, though. O_O

    That Wicked Lovely cover is, like, the pretty cover standard.

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  5. Haha I way prefer your favorite covers over you husbands :P

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  6. Yep, you win in the taste department. :-P

    Though I totally agree with your husband about the armadillos. They are pretty awesome.

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  7. Yes, I have to say that your cover picks are better than your husbands. I forgot how much I loved the cover of Forest of Hands and teeth.

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  8. I adore Oliver Jeffers! His books are simple but so powerful. I'm always talking customers into buying them. Apparently there's now an animated film of Lost and Found, which I HAVE to see.

    I love the cover of Wintergirls. It's a beautiful match for the book.

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  9. Island of the Blue Dolphins is a CLASSIC. w00t. :D

    Good choices here!

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