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Now that it’s been a little over two months after launching this blog, I’m wondering if I’m starting to show a pattern of my taste in covers. Take the cover of Suzanne Weyn’s Empty, for example.

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Things I like about Empty’s cover:

  • It presents a dark (and clear) tone
  • It creates a sense of urgency with its imagery
  • It makes me feel like its title could be symbolic, and not necessarily literal
  • Let’s face it, I’m a sucker for grunge and texture

I caught an image of Empty’s cover as it floated across the internet months ago, and as soon as I saw it, I wanted to know how the printer would finish it. The overall color is much lighter in person, but the feel and look makes it 100% Pick-Me-Up-able.

Other traits of Covers Almost Guaranteed to Catch My Eye:

  • Caps that are done well
  • Type that’s done well (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost liked a cover but the type selection/placement/color didn’t jive with me at all)
  • Dark color palettes
  • Covers/book jackets that feature cracked glass on them (speaking of cracked glass, y’all should check out Melissa Walker’s post on Mindi Scott’s Freefall cover – gawgeous)

After looking at these lists, I do start to see myself drawn to covers that qualify according to these specs. Of course, none of this can logically explain my love for a few particular pink covers. icon_wink-7605061

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