Top 10 Tuesday: Cover Redesigns I Loved/Hated

I have to admit I can be really picky when it comes to my covers. I like to have a matching set for a series, so if get redesigned when I’m in the middle of the series and I end up with a mismatched set, it does irritate me!

Top 10 Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. If you’re interested in taking part click here.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is a pretty fun topic! There’s a lot of different factors that go into me picking up a book. Sometimes it’s an impulse buy because of a pretty cover and awesome back cover description, other times its because I’ve read lots of really good reviews of it.

Top 10 Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. If you’re interested in taking part click here.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books with my Favourite Colour on the Cover

Top 10 Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but as of January has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. If you’re interested in taking part click here.

This week’s topic is books with your favourite colour on the cover or in the title. My favourite colour tends to vary a bit from year to year, at the moment I’m partial to purple so that’s what I’ve chosen for my list. This was a fun topic to research. Without further ado, here are some resplendent purple covers for you to enjoy…

1) Shadow and Bone Leigh Bardugo

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Top 5 Wednesday: Book Covers You’d Live In

This week’s T5W is the top 5 book covers I would want to live in. There are so many amazingly designed book covers out there, it was hard to choose! T5W is a group hosted on Goodreads, if you’d like to participate check it out here.

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1) The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The design of this particular edition really caught my eye, so it is the edition I own. With the mountains and the trees, I would love to live there. Plus, Hobbiton always seems like such a friendly, fun place.

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2) Under the Trees by Ashley Maker

The bright green colours in this cover make the forest look really enchanting. I do love a good wood. I’m always taking photographs of trees.

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3) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

With Hogwarts in the background of this cover, how could it not make the list? I expect this one needs no explaining.

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4) Dragonfly by Julia Golding

The colours on this cover are so striking, and when I read the book I imagined it being a really beautiful place.

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5) Dragon’s Green by Scarlett Thomas 

I haven’t read the book yet. The design of this cover is really creative, and the scene depicted drew me in. (disclaimer: the glow in the dark cover did not influence the purchase of this book…nope…not at all…)

Best Book Covers of 2016

Every year I walk into a bookshop and ogle at all of the amazing covers. There are so many I love, but here are a few of my favourites from this year, in no particular order. I haven’t read any of these books yet, but the covers certainly caught my attention.

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

I do love trees, and often take photographs of them, so this beautiful cover really caught my eye. The version with the apple is also equally creative and beautiful.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Although this cover features yet another YA novel with a girl in a floaty dress, in this case the composition and colours in the image make it very striking.

 

 

 

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The hand print on a cover is nothing new, but the white pattern over the top is different and interesting, and made me intrigued to find out what the book is about.

 

 

 

 

 

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

This cover, although very simplistic, I found highly effective.

 

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

The cover for the first book in this series was one of my favourites from last year, and this one from the second book is also a stunner.

 

 

 

 

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The more I looked at this cover, the more details I picked out. At first I didn’t notice the face in the wave!

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

From a photography point of view, it’s a brilliant photograph, freezing the moment of shattering. I also liked how the font ties in with the image of the chalk.

 

 

 

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

I thought this cover was beautiful. I love the colours and shapes.

 

 

 

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but I can’t help but take notice of ones that catch my eye.

Finally Finished

It’s seems impossible to believe that what I am about to type is actually finally true. Earlier this week I finished writing my first novella: You Watched Me Fall ((c) me 2012). It seems so long ago since I started even though it was only April/May. I can now say I have finished a decent length piece of writing! As of yet I haven’t finished a full length novel but that is certainly my next target. I am also thinking of writing a sequel and prequel to YWMF which should be fun if I do decide to.

Mock non-commercial book cover by me.

You can read the novella here: http://www.wattpad.com/story/1294035-you-watched-me-fall-watty-awards-2012.

This is an original work! Please do not steal/copy any of its content. Thank you.

Links to stock used for the cover:

Wings – http://thy-darkest-hour.deviantart.com/gallery/33174077?offset=48#/d4sc87m
Model – http://acgphotography.deviantart.com/art/Fairytales-Cinderella-2-187820118?q=boost%3Apopular%20in%3Aresources%2Fstockart%2Fmodel%2Fwomen%20blonde&qo=16
Texture – http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/textures/?order=15#/d5cpo58