April 15, 2015 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover


Inspired by What She ReadsPure 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 The Simple Tales for creating the beautiful feature banner you see before you.)

Post-It notes (or sticky notes if you’re not referring to it by the popular brand name) might be all over the place—in office supply stores, on your walls, or between the pages of your book—but you know what they aren’t on? Book covers.

Post-It notes are not a popular trend on book covers. Sure, you can put a Post-It note on the front cover, but it isn’t really part of the cover a book designer created. (Doesn’t work like that!)

Before I went on the hunt for the covers, I thought it would be easy to find them because it’s an office supply that’s used all the time. If there’s book covers of paper cut-outs, there surely will be covers with Post-It notes, right? Wrong. I had a hard time finding them. They seem to be unloved by book designers. I guess it’s not their time, but in the first row, those are books that have been published this year. So, maybe that’s we’ll be seeing more of this trend?)

But in the meantime, we are celebrating Post-It notes covers!

TREND: Post It Notes

The Last Time We Say Goodbye | The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things | All the Bright Places

The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second | Buried | Then We Came To The End

Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze | One Year To An Organized Life | Notes To Self

Best post it notes cover? The Last Time We Say Goodbye! Hands down!

I love that the Post-It note is stuck on a mirror (since that’s how I usually leave messages for people) and I love the frame. The cover looks like it’s a photo taken at a well-off family’s house or a museum. Just love it.

What about you? Which book cover do you think has the best post it notes? Can you think of any other books with this theme? 


13 Responses to “HOLY, MOTHER COVER! | Theme: Post-It Notes!”

  1. When I saw post-it notes as a theme, I immediately thought of the first three books on the list! At first I didn’t think they were that unpopular, but now as I think about it, those were the ONLY books I could think of! I really like the cover for “Then We Came to the End” but my favorite would have to be “The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things”! I just love the black and white pictures in the background – plus, pink, purple and blue go so well together ;D

  2. Katie says:

    I was just thinking about this the other day! Before this year, I didn’t really see any books with post-it notes on them, but now I feel like it’s beginning to become a trend. It’s definitely something I wouldn’t mind seeing more of, though, because it leads to such nice covers!

  3. Krystianna says:

    Woah! I never realized how many books have post it notes on them lately. I personally love the cover for All the Bright Places but I also love the one for The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things. I love all the pictures behind it! Thanks for sharing. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  4. The Last Time We Say Goodbye has such a pretty cover design! I also have a weak spot for the design of All The Bright Places though so it’s a draw between those two for me. Love these posts! :)

  5. Great timing! I did a post on this recently about the recent post-it note trend – it hasn’t been common before, but I think this year it’s gotten popular! I like them a lot, especially if they tie in the story. I know The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things does, and I looooove that cover to pieces.

  6. Amber says:

    I love your cover feature. :) I featured post-its on my own feature, I believe, last month. I ADORE the trend. My favorite one is All The Bright Places with TLTWSG coming in second place<3 I love how it's on the mirror, like you mentioned, and it DEFINITELY feels like it was to be a picture taken from a wealthier family's mirror. I only say wealthy because it's such a nice mirror. I went through all of the other books to see when they were published and I was surprised to see all of the dates (aside from the first three) were between '07 and '11.

  7. Shannelle says:

    I only noticed a lot of post-it covers this year. Otherwise, I can’t think of any at all. They’re such a hit with contemporary covers! I like how even though those were all released this year, they look quite different from each other.

  8. I think the post it note fits perfectly with The Last Time We Say Goodbye as well because it gives this lonely vibe to the book and idk, it just makes me want to read it.

  9. These covers are all so beautiful! :) I think they all utilize the post-it notes effectively for the message and feel they’re trying to portray. My personal favorites on this list are The Last Time We Said Goodbye and All the Bright Places, but, honestly, they’re all fabulous. Thanks for sharing and, as always, great post! ♥ Such a cool feature!

  10. Chrystal says:

    I love the covers for the first three you listed. I’m drawn to them much more.
    Cool trend.

  11. Katherine says:

    I love post it note covers! I really like using them in real life too, so maybe it’s an extension of that. They had a great pop to the cover and the ability to add some more cover.

  12. Post-Its are my life. MY LIFE. They hang all around my monitor at work, I keep the mini ones in my purse, and I love their dispensers. My favorite cover is Then We Came to The End because I always buy my notes that color. Hehe.

  13. Rachel says:

    I do love this theme since I’m a heavy post-it user myself, but fasdklfjadkl I hate that there are so many covers that use it. The top three covers are the only ones I recognize, but I love the three in the second row. I think the color schemes/use of notes in those stand out the most to me.

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