Saturday, June 16, 2012

June TCWT! Blog Chain: Covers

Today is my turn to post for the Teens Can Write, Too! Monthly blog chain. This month's prompt is: What are some book covers that grab you? Why?

My taste in covers is pretty varied.  Anything with a dragon will capture my attention. For example, the covers of the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.

From Wikipedia
Honestly, it doesn't get much cooler than dragons.

I like some covers with people on them.   I don't like ones with kissing or holding hands or other romantic yichk on them.

From Goodreads
From Goodreads
From Amazon

These are the covers for the Dark Mirror novels by M. J. Putney.  (Sorry about that weird border around Dark Destiny.  Also, Dark Destiny is number 3, but The Blogger Formatting Demons won't let me put the photos in the correct order without causing other problems). 

I like these covers.  They hint at magic and mystery. And of course the castle on Dark Destiny is awesome.

Other covers with people on them that I like are the covers for the Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White.

(First from Wikipedia, 2nd and 3rd from the author's blog)

I'm not sure why I like these covers, but I do. Maybe it's the colors. Or her hair.

Another series with covers I like is The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel by Michael Scott.

From Wikipedia
I love all the symbols on these.  There are actually two more books in the series, but I didn't want to find pictures of them. 

By These Ten Bones
From Goodreads
Before I sign off, I'm just going to mention something that some of the others in the chain have said. It's often the titles that grab me.  Sometimes the cover will help me decide whether or not to read the book, and sometimes the cover doesn't make a difference, like when I bought By These Ten Bones by Clare B. Dunkle. I bought it because of the title and the blurb (that and it was only 50 cents).  The cover kinda creeps me out.  I haven't read the book yet, so I can't say as to whether the cover fits the book or not.

I think that's all for me.  Be sure to check out the rest of the blog chain!

June 8– –hazelwrites
June 9– –A Farewell To Sanity
June 10– –This Page Intentionally Left Blank
June 11– –The Zebra Clan
June 12– –You Didn’t Really Need To Know This…
June 13– –Dragons, Unicorns, and Other Random Things
June 14– –Comfy Sweaters, Writing, and Fish
June 15– –Kirsten Writes!
June 16– –Lily’s Notes in the Margins
June 17– –Inklined
June 18– –Reality Is Imaginary
June 19– –Tangential Bemusings
June 20– –Musings From Neville’s Navel
June 21– –All I Need Is A Keyboard
June 22– –The Incessant Droning Of A Bored Writer
June 23– –Teens Can Write Too! (We will be announcing the topic for next month’s chain)


  1. I like covers on fiction that have been drawn/painted a lot more than covers with photos. I know that photos are 'in', but I'll always prefer clever artwork.

  2. I definitely agree on the dragons thing. As for people on the covers... not so much. It might surprise you, but I tend not to read books with adolescent females portrayed on the covers.
    I just found the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel a few weeks ago. I've only read the first book, which I thought well-written, but slow. I will be reading the next book soon.
    Good post!

    1. I am entirely unsurprised.

      I hope you like the Flammel books. I just read the last one, and it's a bit schizophrenic, radically changing point of view every chapter. I think there was only one time where two consecutive chapters were in the same POV. But it was an interesting way to tie up the story.


    2. I know. Most people are.

      Are there five in the series? I know of five so far: Alchemyst, Magician, Sorceress, Necromancer and Warlock. Is that all?

    3. No, there are six. The last one is called The Enchantress.

  3. I really like the DARK MIRROR cover, as well as the PARANORMALCY one. And the Nicholas Flammel covers are classic (and super cool)... I just realized that I haven't read the most recent one. Eep! *races to Amazon*

    Great post!

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