Favourite covers

A while back I was wondering about what makes a “good” cover of a book. What makes people want to pick up a book? Why do we choose certain covers over others? (I know, I know, we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but shush, we all do it. I am guilty of it to the highest extent. I will buy a book in its prettier cover… sue me). So I asked the lovely people on Twitter to help me out to see their responses and man did I get a good response. I posted this message:


And I got an AWFUL lot of responses. I thought I’d share some of them with you (I couldn’t share them all, you’d be here forever!)


I need this book in my life. LOOK AT IT.



*heart eyes*


Mikayla knows whats up. Good Queen Mel fan there, like me.

Some other favourites from the people. So much love. (click to make them bigger)

If you’d like to see the original tweet and all the responses then clickity, click, click. Thank you so much to everyone who did reply! 

From all of these, I think there is no answer to what makes a GOOD cover, as always it’s down to personal preference. Here are some of my faves…

pretty covers

I have read 7 of these, the other 3… I am DYING to read.

How about you? 
What makes a “good” cover to you?
What makes you want to pick up a book? 
Are you, like me, a fan of a beautiful cover on a book?

Let me know on twitter or in the comments, I’d love to see some more beautiful covers! I may do a MG version of this post too, because there are some GORGEOUS MG covers out there!

S x

4 thoughts on “Favourite covers

  1. goldenbooksgirl says:

    Really interesting post! Like you, I love covers, a bad one can put me off a book that sounds good, and a gorgeous one can make me read things I’d never usually. I don’t really have any favourite type of cover, but I tend to like things that are colourful or in some way visually stunning. My favourite covers are Emma Carroll’s (designed by Julian de Narvaez), which are so intricate and detailed and just beautiful in general. ☺☺☺

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  2. vickyflynn says:

    Love this post! I have definitely been known to judge books by their covers but I definitely think books are getting more beautiful. To contend with eBooks and make physical books seem more special and gift-like, I think a lot of focus has gone into making books as eyecatching as possible so people feel less guilty buying them! I love it. I’m a design nerd and have v specific opinions about the kind of design I like but in general I prefer illustrated covers with well thought out colour schemes over covers with photos or people on the front. That Helena Duggan one at the top of this post is probably my favourite cover at the moment because the style is fab and those colours work so well.
    I have to say, I usually despise film tie-in covers (don’t we all?) but, I must say, I love the Gone Girl tie in with Ben Affleck’s smoky silhouette. It definitely portrays the mood of the book well!


    • selliott16 says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! There’s nothing better than a beautiful cover. I am with you, I prefer colours over people. Books that end up with film poster covers make me so sad 😦 S x


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