Once again, I am linking up with The Broke and The Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday prompt. I didn’t intend to post two this close together, but they’re about very different topics and I just couldn’t pass up the latest question: “What ten book covers would you frame as works of art?”
So without further ado, here are ten of my current favorites, listed in no particular order.
So far, all of the books in the Lunar Chronicles have great covers, but this one is definitely my favorite! I love how the artist managed to convey the impression of movement in Scarlet’s cloak and hair. I am SO EXCITED to see what Winter‘s cover will look like!
The five books of the Underland Chronicles also have consistently awesome covers, but I think the final one is the best because it’s so colorful. I expected it to feature earth tones – gray, green, brown, et cetera – like the previous books but instead it’s an eerie purple.
I. Am. Amazed. This cover uses only three colors – blue, black, and pinkish-red – and actually a lot of it is just white space, but it’s so pretty.
By the way, does anyone know who illustrates this series? I know Stiefvater draws a lot (and she’s really good at it – check out her posts on Facebook!) but I don’t know if someone else illustrates her books.
They make T-shirts with this design, just so you know. And I want one! That deep, rich blue, those sad eyes, the wild and colorful lights… it’s perfect. I mean, Fitzgerald saw the proposed cover art and loved it so much that he wrote the eye-thing into the story. See? Perfection.
I loved seeing the development of Mary GrandPre’s cover art and chapter art for the Harry Potter series and I think this is one of her best works. I love the swirling mists and, as with The Dream Thieves, the brilliant use of very few colors.
Evidently, Riordan uses two illustrators – one for covers and one for character art in companion books like The Demigod Files. I don’t understand this, because the latter books have pictures in which the characters look A) stoned, B) nothing like Riordan described them, or C) both. (Unfortunately, C is most common.) Why?! Why doesn’t he use one illustrator? This cover is a masterpiece!
I love the kind-of-a-mirror-image thing here, showing just how big and mysterious New York City’s underground world is.
I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t include at least one picture book in this list, so here it is. I guess what I love most about this cover is its surreal-ness. Monsters bigger than a boat and all that.
My mom owns these fiftieth-anniversary editions of the trilogy and I’m so jealous, because I just have the movie tie-in versions and they’re not pretty at all. I love this cover the most because the artistic style is simple yet beautiful, and the contrasting colors are stunning.
I love the contrasting colors here. To me it looks as if Calpurnia is in shadow, with the bright yellow sun behind her.
Which cover from this list do you like best? And what is your favorite cover of all time?