I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?
Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe) and discuss cover changes.
Oh hello there.
Welcome to the revamped version of my cover feature — now called Holy, Mother Cover! *throws confetti and hands out cupcakes*
I have to give a big thank you and all the hugs in the world to the amazing Georgie for the awesome name because she graciously handed me the “Holy, Mother Cover!” name when she decided to retire it on her blog. And I’m very excited to continue the feature’s legacy! Most of you know that I was searching for the perfect feature name that could live up to Georgie’s Holy, Mother Cover! (but I ultimately failed), so this thrilled me beyond belief.
I also have to thank darling Charlotte for creating the feature banner. It’s so beautiful. (Thank you for putting up with me shoving this at you.)
To kick off this revamp, I will introduce a new section in my cover feature, where I show off five covers with a specific theme (like flowers or hats). It isn’t the most unique idea but I love gazing at cover themes. This first one will have five books with amazing typography. I will pick three and and Georgie and Charlotte will pick the other two. <3
THEME: Beautiful Typography!
Morgan Matson’s covers are always the best. From the image to the typography, I am never disappointed. Since You’ve Been Gone is no different. Here’s a diagonally striped sans-serif font paired with a solid cursive font. I’m absolutely in love with the fonts because they compliment as well as contrast each other well. I love the lines in “Gone.” It reminds me of those dotted lines you have to trace when you first learn how to write letters or cursive. The typography just fits with the cover picture.
The cover of Siege and Storm is insanely gorgeous. The colors, the images. That is how you do a modernist-esque image without making the cover seem bare or too simple. I love the way the dragon is connected to the gothic lettering of the title, weaving itself around the building. The scales on the other tails are a great detail that doesn’t distract nor take away from the dragon itself. The clouds are a great addition since it further emphasizes the glowing red onion dome building. It makes the cover more ominous like something is wrong within this world.
This cover of The Symptoms of My Insanity always catches my eye because of the typography! I’m always a fan when the title looks like it was hand done, so it’s not surprising that I like this cover. I love that the typefaces looks like somebody had painted it. You can see the strokes the artist made. It’s so lovely. The redness and thickness of the lettering in “Insanity” make it bold, important, and intense. It tells you that this is an important aspect of what the book is about, so you won’t be fooled.
“I’m so drawn to the handwritten look and it works so well with this cover in general, I feel a lot closer to the book as there is just something a lot more personal about a handwriting. Also this cover is just to die for, it is definitely the one that stands out on my shelves. The digital image does not do the physical copy justice.” — Georgie
“The typography grabbed me the moment I saw the cover because it intertwines with the cover illustration so well and it really helps to complete the haunting atmosphere of the cover and you sort of get chills as you think of the branches that can ‘come alive’ and creep up on you. Upon closer observation, the title isn’t actually part of the branches but it’s positioned in such a way that it blends in so well that it almost looks as if the branches are actually forming the letters and this is what makes it really stand out as well because the typography is what makes the cover so fantastic.” — Charlotte
What do you think about the beautiful new cover feature name? Which cover has the best typography? Do you agree with any of us? Do you have a suggestion for my next cover theme post?