April 29, 2013

Monday Pep Rally: COVER LOVE!

Hey Lovelies!! 

We're kicking off this week with a brand new format for our Monday Pep Rally posts!

As always, Monday Pep Rally is a weekly feature where the Misfits post a question for you, the reader, to answer. 

But here's the fun new part: we're taking the discussion to twitter! Every Monday, we'll be talking about our Pep Rally question on twitter and we'd love you to join in. Just keep an eye out for the #MisfitPepRally hashtag! 

Today I want to talk about covers.

Book covers are the main reason why I would be devastated if e-books completely eliminate physical books from the market. I know that e-books have covers as well, and they're just as beautiful, but I can't line them up on my bookshelf and stare at them when I'm supposed to be writing at my desk.

I went to the Southern Kentucky Book Fest a couple weekends ago, and as I wandered through the enormous room filled with tables and tables of books stacked upon books---I was again reminded of just how important the cover is. I had a (very sweet and not at all impatient, no sir) child pulling me along, and there just wasn't time to stop and study each book. While I forced her to stop at each and every YA table, once we got past them, I had to rely solely on the cover's ability to catch my eye in order to stop long enough to check it out. 

For me, the cover is everything. At a time when many authors don't have huge marketing budgets, the cover might be the only chance we have to grab a reader's attention.

I know we all have different tastes in covers. Personally, I like a cover that gives me a few clues to the plot of the book--not just a picture of the main character or half a face or something. With that in mind, here are a few of my favorites:

Do you find yourself drawn to certain kinds of covers? What are some of your favorites, recent and overall? Don't forget to look for our discussion on Twitter under #MIsfitPepRally!


Eliza Tilton said...

I read Wither because of the cover. My favorite cover of all time.

Darci Cole said...

It may be silly, but I really liked the TWILIGHT series covers. They were simple, but beautiful.

Whitney said...

The cover of Etiquette and Espionage (Gail Carriger) was one that made me stop and pick it up to read the inside flap. Now the book cover that has gotten me a BUNCH of weird looks for reading it in public? Game by Barry Lyga. It has a nice cover but isn't overwhelming or anything, but I always take the book jackets off so that I don't ruin them while I read and the outside of Game is a blood spattered imprint of a hand!

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