This week’s topic is a freebie, but I loved Jana’s post on her favorite illustrated covers and therefore I’ll now be counting down my favorite illustrated covers!
#1 My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
Oxford being my dream university might be *slightly* influencing this decision, but this cover is super cute: the mix of different blues, the creme color and then the skyline?!
#2 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I loved Fangirl as a book, but what got me interested at first was the beautiful cover: I love mint green and in general illustrated covers (I hate photos of “real looking people” on covers, and Cath sitting on the a is super cute.
#3 The new Harry Potter covers!
I’ve always been a sucker for Bloomsbury’s new edition of Harry Potter – the characters look incredibly CUTE and also so small here and the color combination is everything!
#4 The Smell of other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
The Smell of Other People’s Houses was beautiful inside and out – the story was fantastic, the book petite and the cover just adorable (I can’t seem to find any descriptive words other than cute or adorable, please excuse me haha!).
#5 The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks books all have beautiful and joyful covers with two colors that always seem to perfectly match the content!
#6 A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
The whole series has graceful covers, but I especially adore A Question of Holmes! It’s also set in Oxford and that’s also recognizable on the cover, but other than that I love the bright color mixed with the mint green!
#7 A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
The reason why I actually wanted to read this book in the first place was its beautiful cover. The cover of A Winter’s Promise fits 100% to the title, the blue is gorgeous and the drawing so detailed I just can’t-
#8 Silver by Kerstin Gier
Silver is forever one of the best covers in the history of YA. All three books are to die for – the detailed drawings, the writing, the colors. Everything pure beauty.
#9 Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
I haven’t actually read this book, but the sunset and the huge book with the two boys on top is too magical not to mention.
#10 Geekerella by Ashley Boston
I really didn’t enjoy Geekerella, but the cover is pretty cute! I love the stars, the violet theme and the truck is super adorable!
That’s it – there are many more gorgeous covers that haven’t made the list today, I could go on forever. Sadly, most of these covers are contemporary/romance covers and very little fantasy. That’s one downside to YA Fantasy. Tell me, which are your favorites and what appeals to you on covers – feel free to comment! Happy reading and have a great start into the week!