Books and their covers!

I have wanted to write something about book covers for a long time.  I just didn’t know where to start.  Rayna made a post about covers, that got me  inspired.

Honestly seeing books pass me by, I’ve been wondering if they all have been to the same cover store and asked for the exact same book cover.  Maybe it’s like clothes.  There’s a style that is hot in cover fashion?

So once a month I will look for book covers that I like.  I will chose one in different categories and I will have a color as larger theme.

In April the color green is the new red (as in the thread through the whole thing?)

  1. Picture book
    Lane Smith, Grandpa Green (2011): coverGrandpa Green wasn’t always a gardener. He was a farmboy and a kid with chickenpox and a soldier and, most of all, an artist. In this captivating new picture book, readers follow Grandpa Green’s great-grandson into a garden he created, a fantastic world where memories are handed down in the fanciful shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten.

    Grandpa Green  by Lane Smith, has really nice picture and I actually like the cover, just because of it.  The text is not, all that to me.  I find the curls of the lettering, crawling a bit too close together.  And that makes it less of an easy read.  It also somehow kind of bothers me that the title is not lined out well on the page.

  2. Young adult
    13112921When high-school senior Noah Gallagher and his adopted teenage sister, Lo, go to live with their grandmother in her island cottage for the summer, they don’t expect much in the way of adventure. Noah has landed a marine biology internship, and Lo wants to draw and paint, perhaps even to vanquish her struggles with bulimia. But then things take a dramatic turn for them both when Noah mistakenly tries to save a mysterious girl from drowning. This dreamlike, suspenseful story—deftly told from multiple points of view—dives deeply into selkie folklore while examining the fluid nature of love and family.

    Tides by Betsy Cornwell, looks like a piece of art. This cover is simple and yet it gives a direct feeling of what the story is going to be about. I feel the way the title is written, really suites the artwork.  Of course we could argue the lead color isn’t green, but I ain’t going to!

  3. Fantasy
    6250211It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her. Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised “Graceling” has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books. You don’t need to have read “Graceling” to love “Fire.” But if you haven’t, you’ll be dying to read it next. This edition includes an article by and an interview with Kristin Cashore, as well as a sneak peek at her next book, “Bitterblue”!

    Fire by Kristin Cashore, is obvious picked because of the background color.
    While comparing it to others it popped up.  It’s not like I know what the story is going to be about, but I feel this book cover is simple, yet colorful.  The title just pops up.

  4. Cookbook
    13194968Rich in aromatic spices, herbs, and flavorings, Asian food explodes deliciously in your mouth. Now, thanks to Leemei Tan, home cooks can easily master the art of preparing this delectable cuisine. She explains how to make perfect sushi, creamy curries, spicy stir-fries, and crisp tempura, and work with noodles, kaffir lime leaves, or wasabi. More than 100 recipes feature a marvelous range of tastes, textures, and aromas from across the continent. From Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup and Japanese Sake Steamed Salmon to Thai Papaya Salad and Indian Saffron Chicken Pilau, these imaginative recipes will inspire and delight.

    Lemongrass and ginger cookbook, by Leemei Tan, has a lovely feel to it.  I’m not really a cook, but that doesn’t mean I can’t lik the cover.  I find it pretty, good nough reason to end up in this list.


That’s it for now.  If you have something to share, please do so in the comment box below.
Suggestions for next months color are very welcome!


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