Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Trends

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the theme is: Cover Trends (likes or dislikes)

Ooh I like this topic because I probably give too much kudos to book covers; I definitely choose a lot of books based on their covers alone. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t.

There were just way too many trends to choose from so I’ve split my ten (series count as 1) into two topics and given my favourites and least favourites.

Models & Epic Dresses: I’m not a huge fan of having models on the covers of books. I don’t like going into a story with a picture of what the protagonist may look like, which is why I find it hard to read books after I’ve seen film or TV adaptations.

However, the trend of having models on book covers isn’t something you can avoid anymore, especially in YA Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. And it seems I’m kind of OK with it when there’s hot ladies in pretty dresses on the covers…make of that what you will.

The Good: The Selection Series; Alice in Zombieland; Entwined


The Bad: Vampire Academy; The Mortal Instruments (see the lack of a pretty dresses here just makes them terrible.


Graphics: I don’t really know what to call this category, but I basically mean covers without models, y’know arty/graphicy ones.

The Good: The Mystery Man Series; Scarlet Thomas; The Lunar Chronicles


The Bad: Ruby Redfort; Hunger Games; Rainbow Rowell’s novels.


I really enjoyed two of the Ruby Redfort books but I would never have picked them up if they only had this type of cover. It’s just boring and looks too childish, and that’s why I’ve never picked up any of the Rainbow Rowell books either. The covers just don’t do it for me. But I’ve been told to get over it because they’re great.

And then there’s the Hunger Games. The first edition I saw had this horrific cover and it in no way made me want to read it. In fact, it sat on my flatmate’s shelf for like a year until we decided to read it. And I wanted to cry because we’d left it that long!

Thank the unicorns they sorted that out!

Do you choose books by their covers?

Author: lipsyy

Creative Writing graduate. A Northerner in London. I probably love books a bit too much. Also enjoy vampires, unicorns, man love, tennis & can't get enough of trashy teen novels. I find myself thinking 'What Would Buffy Do?' way too frequently. HIYA!

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Trends”

  1. I’m very guilty of picking books up based on covers. šŸ˜‰ Although bad covers CAN be forgiven if the book is good. The original cover of Shatter Me is awful…with a weird girl posing in a weird way with a weird dress. *shudders* But now the eyeballs covers are awesome. x) I quite like the epic dresses covers!
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  2. I’m quite guilty of judging books by their covers. There are some shocking ones around! I find the dress covers appealing but it’s all becoming a bit samey.

    1. Yeah definitely. They were really striking at first, but now it’s all same old, same old. There’s way too many of them!

  3. I really like The Mystery Man series covers as well!
    I will say that I kind of liked the girl-in-a-big-dress covers at first, but now we have way too many and they are getting on my nerves.
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  4. Oh, yeah that Hunger Games cover is not such a pretty sight. I might have passed it over too. Who knew us bookworms could be so judgmental? Let’s keep that on the down low.
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  5. Oh, I actually really love the simplicity of the Rainbow Rowell covers! And I haven’t even read the books yet – it was the graphic style that caught my attention. I hadn’t heard of the Mystery Man series before, but those covers are gorgeous!

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