“Don’t judge a book by its cover,” they will tell you. You might not want to judge a book’s content by its cover artwork, but here are some books with artwork that would make you want to grab them instantly without even reading a summary or flipping through them. Ignore the rule for now.
1.Never Never Trilogy by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
The first book cover seems warm to the heart, just the basic symbolism of two lovers’ hands reaching out for each other along a quiet current of ocean blue. The flowers on the palm of one of the two hands are not very catchy until you see them on the second book cover but this time, without the hand and surrounded by blood along the same quiet current of ocean blue. The current seems just as calm as it was, but a little more disturbing with the presence of loud bloodish red. The third book is the two hands again, colliding but with no flowers present. The three book covers are saying the same thing: “just remember.”
2. Slated, Fractured and Shattered by Teri Terry
You can already tell that the three book covers of this trilogy reflect the character’s character development, and it is almost hard to tell that it’s the same person if it wasn’t for the green eyes. Photographs of seventeen year old Hayley made a great contribution to the art. The first book cover gives the vibe of a naïve young girl who is covered in dust, not flashing through the world. Then it changes where the second book cover is mostly red, showing the fire of her soul. The green in her eyes is brighter with strength this time and her face seems defensive and more figured out. The third book cover is a warm snow blue, but not in a weak manner. Just plainly calm, with a healthier and more of a grown-up face. Despite that, the green in her eyes still glows.
3. Confess by Colleen Hoover
With colours that are both triggering and calm for the eyes, Colleen Hoover throws it at us again. So plain yet so artistic, with the profile of a woman looking away yet gesturing you to confess.
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Out of all the covers you’ve seen for this book, I assure you this one is the coolest. Not just the yellow, but also the fact that the ‘Y’ as a cocktail glass is a very creative attention-grabber.
5. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
The artwork of this book cover is by Joey Hi-Fi and it was awarded the 2010 BSFA Award for best artwork for the fact that it is not just typography, but it is a very detailed portrayal of people, animals and buildings tearing themselves apart altogether.
6. Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles
7. The Ends of The World by Peter Brannen
8. The Age of Perpetual Light by Josh Weil
The creativity of Nicholas Misani in the design choice in relation to the title makes you almost feel the artwork whispering something in your ear.
9. Voices In The Night by Steven Millhauser
This one is just brilliant, you don’t know whether it’s meant to be a page ripped apart or a page getting flipped and got caught in the process. No colours, plain black and white lines. Yet, very visually satisfying.