Top 10 Tuesday: Cover Trends I Like/Dislike

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish




1. Minimalist / Simplicity

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Panic by Lauren Oliver


2. Black background 

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Reboot by Amy Tintera


3. Weapons 

Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore


4. Symbols (representation of plot/theme)

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Legend by Marie Lu


5. Eye-catching typography 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


6. Color scheme across the series

The Selection, The Elite, The One by Kiera Cass


7. Explosion of color

Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez


8. Illustration / Sketch

Champion by Marie Lu




9. Faces – I want to be given the opportunity to imagine the character myself.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Delirium by Lauren Oliver


10. Bodies (especially half-naked bodies)

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

7 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Cover Trends I Like/Dislike

    1. brooke Post author

      I’m definitely not a fan of busy covers – in my opinion, the minimalist/simplistic covers are much more effective at representing a key theme or idea! Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  1. Justin @ Justin's Book Blog

    Great list, Brooke. I totally agree with you on minimalistic covers. 🙂 I do sometimes like faces on the covers though, while it is fun to imagine for yourself what a character would look like it could also be fun just picturing the character as the cover model, and it can help make the story a little more enjoyable without trying to create a picture of a character from scratch.

    Here is my TTT:

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    1. brooke Post author

      I do have exceptions to the trends I dislike, although I didn’t include them in this TTT. But you make a great point – sometimes it helps to be given a picture of the character. 🙂 For me, it really just depends. Thanks for commenting, Justin!

  2. Liz @ Liz's Book Bucket List

    I really like the cover of Kiss Kill Vanish. I also like how the Selection series covers all go well with each other, so pretty on a bookshelf. I also have City of Bones on my dislike list! I hate when there are half naked men on the cover,,,so cheesy!

    1. brooke Post author

      Totally agree with all three of those statements! And I really, really enjoyed City of Bones, so it’s always disappointing when I like a book but dislike it’s cover. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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