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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. :)
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
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.
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?