Let’s face it (haha! Face! Get it?), it’s not that hard for a book cover to be prettier than me when there are so many talented cover designers out there. But you know which book covers are not prettier then me? The ones with stock images and real life people/objects in them. I’m sorry but I’m a hoe for illustrated (is that what you call them? Basically the ones that aren’t photos taken with a camera) book covers and nothing else, so today I wanted to share some of my favorite ones.
[most of the cover images are low quality but they’re still beautiful 😢]
Puffin in Bloom Classics
The flowers and detailing in these are unbelievable! Most special editions of classics are gorgeous, but I feel like these are some of the most gorgeous ones. I own the Anne of Green Gables puffin in bloom edition, and it’s so nice to look at!
Charlotte Holmes Series
Besides the fact that I am always attracted to illustrated covers, I love these because there are nods to scenes that occur in each book all throughout their respective covers. 😍
Skyward UK Cover
This cover screams, “read me,” promising an epic sci-fi adventure within. The US version is also beautiful, but for me, the UK one wins because of—you guessed it, illustrations.
Nevernight US Covers
These covers are so badass, perfect for a grimdark fantasy series following a female assassin. I like the UK covers too, but I’m ultimately more attracted to the US ones.
Strange the Dreamer UK Covers
I’m gonna have to agree with everyone that these covers are magnificent. They look like ancient library books with magic spells within, and that’s the perfect vibe to go along with the contents of the story.
Honorable Mention: A Very Large Expanse of Sea
Though this one lacks detailing because it’s literally just words on a white background, I appreciate the simplicity. I’m also a fan of the colors, and I’m the biggest idiot when it comes to art terms, but I think they are pastel (or they at least resemble pastel), and I love pastel colors so. Much.
Honorable Mention: Recent Romance Novel Covers
Remember how I said that I hate real life pictures on covers? Well, until now the romance genre was the cream of the crop when it came to stock images of shirtless men on covers. Needless to say, I wasn’t a fan, but lately, romance covers have evolved, and we’ve now been blessed with cute illustrated romance novel covers.This is truly a giant leap in the romance genre. We stan.
That’s all, folks! I guess what we can take away from this post is that I love illustrated book covers a whole lot and stock images are the bane of my existence. I also don’t know art terms, so I sincerely apologize if I got any of them wrong, and I hope you still understood what I was getting at :”) Feel free to correct me (politely please—I’m very sensitive) if I got anything wrong. What are some of your favorite book covers? Do you agree or disagree with anything I said? Do you love the new cover styles arising in the romance genre?