Inspired by What She Reads, Pure Imagination Blog, and Stacked.
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.
What is that in the sky? A plane? A flying saucer? No. It’s a bird! A flock of them. Dear god.
When I went hunting for book covers with birds on it, I found a lot of them. Lots and lots of them. Almost an endless amount. I just thought, “man, designers sure do love putting birds on book covers.” It’s a common theme that I don’t see being retired any time soon. Just look at the different bird covers designers come up with!
What do I like about each cover?
- In The Raven Boys, I love that the raven is painted and that you can see the brush strokes. And the details, eek! So pretty.
- In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I like that it’s illustrated. Look at that Phoenix! It’s up to something.
- In Where Things Come Back, I love the simplicity of this design. Teal background? Check. Bird silhouette? Check. Gorgeous typography? And check.
- In Cartwheel, I love the lines coming out of the birds. The lines look almost 3D when it’s across the author and title cards. Without the lines, there would only be a boring silhouette bird. And I love that the title and the author are in charcoal.
- In The Goldfinch, I love everything about this cover—the goldfinch painting (which was painted in 1654 by the Dutch painter Carel Fabritius (1622-54)), the goldfinch peeking through the torn paper, and the optical illusion of the torn paper. Just love.
- In Mink River, I love that the crow is wading in water. It’s quite an ominous image. It’s like it’s almost waiting for something to happen.
- In The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, I love the way the colors complement each other. It’s a classic.
- In A Box of Birds, I love the colors on the bird, and how the bird looks like it’s getting ready to fly off. And I am into that weird constellation-looking lines.
- In Summer and Bird, I love the off-white background and all the different birds framing the inside. It has a very vintage look because of it.
Best bird image? Definitely The Goldfinch.