Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic:
OCTOBER 17 – Top 5 Favourite Book Covers
As much as we all try not to judge books by their covers, we definitely do take notice of books with fabulous cover designs, so this week’s topic is a great opportunity to show off some of our favourite covers! Without further ado, here are my choices:
I adore the vibrant colours in this pair of covers that make up N.K. Jemisin’s Dreamblood Duology, a fantasy series based in Egyptian mythology. Admittedly I’m not someone who tends to actually judge a book by its cover or choose to read one based on its art, but these gorgeous covers by designer Lauren Panepinto and artist Cliff Nielsen are striking! I also love how the book title is worked into each design in a way that’s clear, and yet not obtrusive.
I’m cheating a little bit here by naming a whole series, but some of the first book covers that I fell in love with were these covers of Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles, a series loosely based on Welsh mythology. The vibrantly coloured illustrations by Jody Lee on these editions published in the 1990s are gorgeous. My favourite covers belong to the first, third, and fifth books in the series, which so vividly bring to life characters like Taran, the assistant pig-keeper who longs for adventure and glory, oracular pig Hen Wen, Princess Eilonwy of the red-gold hair and her glowing “bauble”, and the dark enchantress Queen Achren. I feel like it’s rare for illustrations to actually depict characters in a series in a way that matches the pictures in your head, but for me this series of covers for the Prydain Chronicles did exactly that.
3. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
I think Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale is the perfect match between cover art and the feeling that the novel inside creates. I’m usually not much of a seasonal reader, but from the first page The Bear and the Nightingale gave me a feeling of wanting to curl up under a warm blanket, clutching a mug of tea, while snow fell outside on a day where I had no where I needed to be. The cover art for this edition makes me feel exactly the same way. It conveys the fantasy element and feeling of being swept away by a great story, but also the sense of warmth in the midst of a Russian winter.
2. The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Although the design is fairly simple, I can’t think of a more appropriate cover for this gut-wrenching fantasy about one woman’s attempt to infiltrate an empire and to tear it down from the inside. The design by Sam Weber speaks to Baru’s struggle as she conceals her true emotions and feelings in order to elevate her position, but her experiences threaten to break through her carefully constructed mask and leave her shattered.
1. Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
My favourite book covers of all-time have to be the American Shades of Magic series covers designed by Will Staehle. I love how the covers utilize the colour scheme of the 4 Londons that becomes so significant in the series (Gray, Red, White, and Black), and the map element that’s subtly integrated into each design. The font choice is appropriately fantasy-esque and yet feels appropriately historical for this 1800s set fantasy adventure. I think my absolute favourite thing about these covers is that they are so unique and don’t remind me of anything else.
What are some of your favourite book covers?