I do and will always judge books by their cover. I know this is usually frowned upon but I believe that a good book deserves a great cover. And there really are great books that never got the beautiful covers that they deserve. So I decided to show you that really good stories can inspire artists to make really great covers.
In order to be completely involved in today’s article subject, I will present you with a few book covers from books that I have actually read. This is because I can vouch not only for the cover on the outside of the book but also for the story inside and prove that a creative cover has a good story behind it.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: I have seen many different covers for this book and I can say that honestly say that I’ve liked around 90% of them. But the one that really got my attention and I would love to own if it were available for sale is a version designed by Adam Busby. This design was created for a Re-Covered Books contest and if you ask me it is a clear winner. It is simple yet descriptive, modern but with a touch of vintage and the kind of cover that would attract my attention in any bookstore.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: Another favorite book of mine comes in many different shapes and sizes. Because it is the first in a series of 6, this books comes both individually and inside a complete volume entitled The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Well, in this case, I have found the perfect cover which would suit any one of these versions and which I would love to own. This book cover was designed by Steve Dressler and I would like to commend him for this gorgeous design concept.
The truth about the Harry Quebert affair by Joël Dicker: This was one of my favorite murder mystery books and I really appreciated the simplicity yet striking design of the book cover. A book that leaves you wanting more with every page and a cover that inspires the same feeling of discovery. It immediately caught my eye in the bookstore and I wanted to discover was was beyond the cover and the title.
The miniaturist by Jessie Burton: Set in 1686, the action of this book is as intriguing and full of twists and turns as is its cover. At first you may not pay too much attention to it, but as you read past every page, you will find yourself turning back to the cover and realizing that it may hide more secrets than you initially considered. The cover will grow on you along with the story. And even though the cover caught my interest from the very beginning, it was only at the end that I realized how much it revealed and related to the actual story.
This is it for today, darlings. I hope I’ve given you something to think about and maybe something to read, if you were looking. Enjoy and remember, a good book cover can always hide a great story.