Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Here is a link to the Top Ten Tuesday information from the Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is Top ten book cover trends I like or dislike. I will be breaking this into five likes and five dislikes.

1. Mostly-text covers
2. Swirl designs or doodles
3. Illustrations
4. Light colors (or any nice color scheme!)
5. Matching series covers

1. Awkwardly placed text
2. Poorly edited photo
3. Disorganized or cluttered
4. Poor quality photo
5. Lacks a nice color scheme or font


  1. I admire swirling patterns and doodles on a cover, too. Have you seen the cover for Troika (Adam Pelzman)? It somehow manages subtle and bold at the same time.

  2. I hadn't seen it before, but just looked it up on Goodreads - I really love that design!

  3. What's an example of a book with awkwardly placed text? I'm just curious if you had a book in mind when writing it. :) Great list this week! I think text/typography seems to be the winning ticket for book covers!

  4. I think it happens most often in self-published works. I didn't have an example in mind but one I just found on Goodreads is here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/231962.The_Queen_of_Everything

    I've seen worse, but didn't want to choose a self-published book - I don't want to create any bad publicity for struggling authors. Basically just titles or even author's names that seem randomly placed . . . It's difficult to explain and to be honest I'm overly picky about it!

    Thank you and yes I've seen a lot of it! No surprise to me because the text is usually my favorite part of the cover.

  5. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7129588-forget-you <- That one is also a good example of what I meant. It just feels awkward and randomly placed to me.

  6. I somewhat agree with you on awkwardly placed text to the extent that I have to stare at the image several ways just to make sense of what the title of the book is! I guess I understand the creativity in it but man, so much work for just a title (discounting the fact that the title would be on the spine).

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

  7. Definitely true! I want to know title and author at first glance. I don't mind creativity but sometimes, even when you can tell the title, it just looks awkward in a certain spot.

  8. For sure! I've had lapses where I stare at a title (or just a word) and I begin to question if it's even spelled correctly. And so I stare some more...