May 5, 2014 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover


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.

(A big special thanks to Georgie at What She Reads for bestowing me this fabulous name and to Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews for creating the beautiful feature banner you see before you.)

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!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson 

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.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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.

The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf

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.

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

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

(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

“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?


15 Responses to “HOLY, MOTHER COVER! | Beautiful Typography (aka the Revamp!)”

  1. Siege and storm <3 I'm in love with the covers from that series (and not only because of the typography) I also really like the font from The infinite moment of us. I love handwriting.

  2. Oh I love the Siege and Storm typography – it all just fits in so well with the background and it makes the whole thing seem like a picture! All of these picks are great too!

  3. This feature is AMEEZIN (as CMorgan would say). I love the title, and the banner. They’re both perfect.
    To be honest, I don’t really think I could pick a favourite D: But I do so adore the way <i.Don't You Forget About Me is actually a part of the tree. I love interactive covers like that. They’re awesome.
    I love hand written and hand drawn covers, as well. They seem so intimate and lovely and I adore them. Like Rainbow Rowell’s book covers!
    The Infinite Moment of Us is a cover that ALWAYS manages to catch my eye. I love the font, and I love the photo and the constellations. It’s pretty much one of my favourite covers of all time (which is saying a lot because I love covers with a passion ;D).
    As an idea for your next theme, you could do hand-drawn! I think it would be awesome to see what hand-drawn covers are out there. Besides Rowell I don’t think I have come across many.
    As usual, awesome post, Ceelem. I cannot wait to see more ^.^ <3

  4. So super sweet of Georgie to pass her legacy onto you! :D Typography is the one of the things I look at when buying/deciding to read a book. And actually, ALL of these are on my TBR! Ha! ;D “Don’t You Forget About Me” is especially cool because the letters looks like branches! LOVE!

  5. I love typography, and think my favorite of the bunch here is Since You’ve Been Gone. Also, the banner is pretty awesome!I may like that the most.

  6. Missie says:

    I seriously love the Since You’ve Been Gone cover!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  7. I really love the font of ‘Gone’ in Since You’ve Been Gone! The font for Siege and Storm fits really well with the title, also.


    I just love the use of lines and space in Since You’ve Been Gone. It’s bold and daring and becomes the focus of the cover rather than the typography accompanying the picture to enhance the picture.

    I love it when the words weave in with the pictures/illustrations. THAT DRAGON. I initially wasn’t sure about the colour combination because it was such a stark contrast to S&B but it complemented the cover and the story so well.

    I’ve loved the cover of The Infinite Moment of Us for a loooong time. The gradient ahhhhh and the handwriting!! It evokes the romantic atmosphere without pushing it too much and looks so elegant.

  9. I love this feature, you have truly done the name proud!! Well, as you know I love Since You’ve Been Gone (breaks out in to Kelly Clarkson)I’d have all the fonts if it wasn’t a break on my bank balance. Siege and Storm is not my favourite, I think the edges are too sharp for my liking but in saying that it could go well with the story. I love The Symptoms of my Insanity, it does look as if someone had wrote it, and as I said with The Infinite Moment of Us it looks so personal it pulls at me.

    Charlotte did a great pick with (Don’t You) Forget About Me (breaks out into Simple Minds, seriously what’s with all the song names? ;P), it intertwines with the image perfectly becoming apart of the cover…AMAZING! I love the contrast of the green leaves and the black bark as if it is the leaves saying that they’re still there.


  10. Annie says:

    I love Since You’ve Been Gone! I think the cursive font for Gone is just so pretty, very retro and kinda something I imagine would be spray painted onto those old race cars like in Grease. And I love The Infinite Moment of Us as well! That’s writing I wish I had!

    And yay, I’m so happy you’re continuing Holy, Mother Cover! It really is such a fun name and I love cover features like this so it’s great to see it being continued. And Charlotte did such a wonderful job with the banner! Wish I had her skills! :)

  11. Yay to continuing this series and to this week’s feature! Great typography on covers is important to me, sometimes more so than the images used. A book’s title is its brand, it should be treated with the care it deserves!

    Out of your list, Siege and Storm is my favourite. I love when the typography interacts with the rest of the cover. And I’ve loved The Infinite Moment of Us since I first laid eyes on it.

  12. I love the Since You’ve Been Gone fonts!! It makes that cover so much more interesting! Don’t You Forget About Me is cool as well. I love this feature. I have a slight obsession with book covers so I’ll be coming back to see what else you feature here :)

  13. Katherine says:

    I love the covers for the Grisha trilogy! The third book is my favorite cover.


    *calms down*

    *tries to calm down again ’cause it didn’t work the first time around*

    Seriously, though, I love it. The banner is so fitting. And the covers everyone chose are so classy. I think my favorite is Siege and Storm ’cause the color palette and the snake-y typography fit so well together.

    I want moarrr.

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