Tag: cover art

Cover Trend Alert: Birds of a Feather

Cover Trend Alert: Birds of a Feather

I was adding fall releases to my TBR when I noticed something: three titles all featuring birds on the cover (Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton, The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt, and The Swallows by Lisa Lutz). So I went searching back through 2019 releases, and sure enough, there were more birds to be found. […]

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Cover Trend Alert: Purple Fever in YA Fiction
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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, […]

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: Hypnotic Circles
By November 2, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Cover Trend Alert: Hypnotic Circles

This mesmerizing design concept has been a constant presence in my peripheral vision since David Mitchell’s World Fantasy Award–winning (and starred review-receiving!) novel The Bone Clocks was released in 2014. My attention was next grabbed by Lauren James’ 2016 romantic sf The Last Beginning, and then again this past April by Richard Powers’ The Overstory, which also received a starred review […]

Cover Trend Alert: Laying the Paint on Thick

Cover Trend Alert: Laying the Paint on Thick

As we celebrate the arts this month here at Booklist, I noticed a painterly trend in recent book covers. Certainly, abstract art on book covers is nothing new, and going down the aisles of the newest face-out fiction in your local library can be like visiting a modern art gallery. Conveying the graphic realism of a novel […]

THICK AS THIEVES: A New Queen’s Thief Tale

THICK AS THIEVES: A New Queen’s Thief Tale

Lynn: Faithful readers know that Megan Whalen Turner’s new book, Thick as Thieves (May 2017), was the advanced readers copy we were most excited to bring home from ALA Midwinter. Well, I greedily inhaled it immediately, and now I will have to wait another excruciatingly long time till the next one. I don’t mean to […]

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Losing Face

Losing Face

Cindy and Lynn: So many of us are running around frantically—it’s that time of year. Like our mothers told us, we’d lose our heads if they weren’t attached. But recently, some teen books seem to have done just that—well, almost. Lately, we’ve noticed a steady flow of teen books with figures on the covers that, […]

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Cover Art Déjà vu: Girls in White Dresses

Cover Art Déjà vu: Girls in White Dresses

Cindy and Lynn: We feature cover art trends frequently, and so we know that when a book is really popular, there’ll be a trend for similar color schemes on read-alike titles. (Remember the hot pink and lime green chick-lit phase after Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging won a Printz Honor?) But sometimes a book […]

K-I-S-S-I-N-G on YA Book Covers

K-I-S-S-I-N-G on YA Book Covers

Cindy and Lynn: Booklist’s #SeptemberRomance seems like the perfect time to highlight all the kissy face on teen book covers.       Let’s start slowly with the lipstick traces on Anna Michels’ 26 Kisses (2016) and what we assume is an off-stage kiss on the cover of On the Fence by Kasie West (2014).         […]

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These Books Might as Well Be Naked

These Books Might as Well Be Naked

Some book jackets, as the name implies, dress up the books that wear them. Others dress them down—and some undress them all the way. As H. L. Mencken could very well have said, no one ever went broke overestimating the prurient interest of the reading public. The following book covers,  artfully adorned with not-so-subliminal messages, somehow made it past the censors. […]