2012 General Book Covers

Please vote for your favorite cover using the poll at the bottom of the post.

Remember: Vote for the COVER, not the story or the author.

Voting deadline: Midnight, Saturday, January 26, 2012.


Publisher: Covenant
Cover Designer: ??
I love this cover! I love all of the covers for the Newport Ladies Book Club series—but I didn’t think I should put all four of them together in a five book voting category. Especially when there are other covers I also like. So I put all four of those books up on my screen, and you know what? It was really, really, really hard to pick my favorite! There were things I liked about every one of them. I love that top of the covers have a distinctive design that holds the entire series together, but it trades out colors for each book. I love the flowing script that makes each title fun and fresh. I absolutely love the images on the different covers—each one so different and yet giving you the same fun, fresh, summer reading feeling. So why did I finally settle on Athena? Because of the red/blue contrast. It just pops.


Publisher: Jolly Fish Press

Cover Designer: ??

This cover is just cool. It’s simple and complex at the same time. I love the Japanese text background. I love the red on top of the gray. I love that the title is small and reverse color. And I love the size and placement of the author’s name. Sometimes simple is simply awesome!

Publisher: Jolly Fish Press

Cover Designer: ??

This is such a lonely cover. The boy, all alone—almost curling in on himself. The colors of the forest behind him, fading out to nothing. It’s eerie and silent and provocative. This cover put the book on my To Read list.

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Cover Designer: ??

I’m looking at this cover and my first thought is, “Who the heck pays rent in a dump like that?” And the answer is, “I have no idea.” And that intrigued me enough to pick up the book and read the liner notes. And the liner notes made me read the book. That’s the point of a cover. This one isn’t really outstanding. It doesn’t grab you like some of the others. But it sparked a question that I needed an answer for. And that’s the point of a cover. 

Publisher: William Morrow
Cover Designer: Mary Schuck
This cover received a lot of reader nominations. I’m not sure why. Because while I read the book and loved it, the cover was not what caught my eye. In fact, it’s a cover I would have passed by if I hadn’t read the liner notes while I was creating the spotlight post for this book. But because it got so many nominations, and I promised that I’d include nominated books, here it is. There’s nothing really horribly wrong with this cover, it’s just kind of boring. And that’s too bad because the book is really, really good!

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3 thoughts on “2012 General Book Covers”

  1. I am so excited to see the cover of my book on this list! The designers were very inventive in incorporating the elements of the story in their art. I wish them the best of luck in this!

  2. The last three were my favorite and it was hard to choose. But looking at those covers I now have to read the books!

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