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One of the neat things about being an author with a slew of books under your belt is that the ratio of love to hate of your own book covers is much better than if you’ve only published a few. Such is the case of author Pete Hautman, who currently has 13 YA books out there in the world. Thirteen. I’m not assuming he hates any of his covers, but I can tell you of three that I happen to love.

Exhibit A: How To Steal A Car


I picked this up at one of my local libraries about two years ago based on its cover alone. (This was before I spent a majority of my time poring over blogs to pick my Next Favorite Book.) There’s something slightly feminine about this cover, despite its generous covering of Matchbox cars. It could be the baby blue, or that slim sans serif title that reminds me of old Hollywood glamour. Last but not least, I love its symmetry that balances the cover perfectly.

Exhibit B: The Big Crunchhautman_bigcrunch-8839644

I could write another paragraph about why I love this cover, but I’ll use some math instead. Wonderful illustration + tells a story in its artwork + designed by Christopher Stengel = love.

Exhibit C: The Obsidian Blade


Honestly, when I first saw this cover, the first thought that popped into my head was, Seriously? What kind of books does this guy not write? But lo and behold, this sci-fi gem popped up and I had to share it here. This cover isn’t trying to be anything it’s not, so I assume that the shiny ball represents the shimmering disk of air described in its synopsis. (If anyone’s read an ARC of this, please correct me if I’m wrong.) At this cover’s face value, I can expect to read about loads of adventure, mystery and suspense.

What about you? Are there any authors that you’ve noticed that have pretty awesome covers for most of their books?

Bryan Williams