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Books That Would Survive the BIRD BOX Challenge
By February 4, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Books That Would Survive the BIRD BOX Challenge

As I was reading about the recently announced 2019 Edgar Award nominees, the blindfolded girl on the cover of Debra Jo Immergut’s debut The Captives immediately brought to mind Josh Malerman’s Bird Box and the recent Netflix adaptation that has sparked all manner of impressions and challenges (don’t Bird Box and drive, people!). I wondered: Is Immergut’s the only […]

Cover Trend Alert: Purple Fever in YA Fiction
By December 19, 2018 1 Comments Read More →

Cover Trend Alert: Purple Fever in YA Fiction

More than once this year, I’ve come across a YA fantasy I was sure I’d seen before, only to realize I was confusing it with a different YA fantasy, whose uber-purple cover, at least in thumbnail form, was nearly indistinguishable from the next purple thumbnail. The young-adult market’s purple fever has only grown from 2017 to 2018, […]

The Truth Is, There’s a Whole Lotta Lying Goin’ on in YA Lit

The Truth Is, There’s a Whole Lotta Lying Goin’ on in YA Lit

Cindy: After last week’s midterm elections concluded, one issue had bipartisan support: everyone applauded the end of the political TV ads and robocalls. I figure we have six weeks or so before the 2020 ads appear and perhaps some of you don’t know what to do with your free time, now that you’re not fact-checking lies […]

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Cover Trend Alert: A Bird’s-Eye View

Cover Trend Alert: A Bird’s-Eye View

Bird’s-eye views of towns and suburbs! Surely we can’t trace the inspiration for this cover design to the introductory credits of Weeds (2005) . . . or can we?? Listed below in order of publication, here are links to the Booklist reviews of each title along with a brief suggestion of how the content of […]

Cover Trend Alert: Broken Lollipops

Cover Trend Alert: Broken Lollipops

Zoje Stage’s debut novel, the eerie thriller Baby Teeth (2018), marks the latest in a slew of books with lollipops on the cover. Shattered or sadly crumbled, these crushed candies are an omen that the salad days will soon be gone for the characters inside. Several of Liane Moriarty’s book covers feature exploding stuff, but the […]

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Mystery Month? Bookends Has You Covered!

Mystery Month? Bookends Has You Covered!

Cindy and Lynn: It’s May, and you know what that means! Booklist is rolling out their May 1 Mystery Showcase and The Booklist Reader will be focused on mysteries, crime, and sleuthing all month long. We have been training our magnifying glasses on recent book covers to fit the theme. It’s no mystery that despite admonishments […]

Cover Trend Alert: Dead Birds
By April 17, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Cover Trend Alert: Dead Birds

Book-jacket designers are strange birds, indeed. Idiosyncratic visionaries who often intuit the perfect visual cue to entice us to pick up a book and read it, sometimes, like those giant flocks of starlings who wheel in the sky without using turn signals, they bunch together and do the same thing for no apparent reason at […]

Top 20 Youth Novel Covers 2017
By December 5, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

Top 20 Youth Novel Covers 2017

The usual caveats: I am an individual human being with my own tastes, often inscrutable to even myself; I probably saw 80 zillion book covers this year and forgot 70 zillion of them; I didn’t have the time or wherewithal to figure out the artists and designers. Look, I did my best! Enjoy. (I’ve listed […]

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Attack of the Title Change: U. K. Books for U. S. Audiences
By September 27, 2017 1 Comments Read More →

Attack of the Title Change: U. K. Books for U. S. Audiences

I was eight years old when I read my first Harry Potter book, so when my nephew turned eight, I was more excited about finally being able to share Harry Potter with him than anything else. As I was living in England at the time, I decided to buy the first book in the series […]

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V. C. Andrews Crosses the Pond

V. C. Andrews Crosses the Pond

Last week, while on vacation in England, I came across a curious sight while browsing the fiction aisles at a charity bookshop in the Cornish countryside: a shelf filled with books by one “Virginia Andrews.” We Americans will recognize the author as one V. C. Andrews, most famous for “Gothic incest classic” Flowers in the […]

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