Apologies for how late this post is, I was hoping to have it up a few weeks ago! So, let’s not delay any further but take a look at the book covers of the books I read, way back in December 2018!
Ka: The Lives of Dar Oakley by John Crowley.
So, December started with a book that actually really reflected its cover. Ka: The Lives of Dar Oakley has a promising concept: a story sort of like Watership Down but with crows instead of rabbits. The story was kind of balnd and I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. I’ll be honest, I’ve forgotten most of the details about this book. And the cover fails to leave an impression on me, just like the novel itself. I think it the subdued colours and the watercolour effect on the crow but it just doesn’t stand out to me. So for once, you can judge this book by its cover!
Zeroes by Chuck Wendig.
The next book, is a sci-fi thriller focusing on a group of hackers trying to stop a government conspiracy, whilst avoid prison sentences. Zeroes was a fantastic read but I’m not impressed by its cover. In fact, if it wasn’t for the fact that this was a bookclub pick, I wouldn’t have bought this book, as its not really the sort of novel I would be interested in and also, I feel that the cover does it no favours. Thematically, the cover goes well with the novel, you have the 1’s and 0’s in the background and the colour scheme goes well- it just doesn’t do enough to stand out. Perhaps if the red was a little brighter or if they weren’t trying to be so subtle with the background image, it may have stood out just as much as the plot inside the book.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
I’m just going to come out and say it, I love this cover. The use of the black, white and gold just draws your eyes to it. Plus, the title is perfectly;y positioned, making it one of the first things you see when you look at the cover. I have to say, the image on the screen does not do the actually cover just, as it doesn’t show off the gold as much. Its a fantastic cover, that is thematically suited to the novel itself. Finally, the tag line at the top, sums up the novel and what you are about to discover when you open this book.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.
The next book is a classic, as its cover. This is actually one of the slightly older edition, as it was published in the early 2000s, before the Disney adaptation of the novel. I find it interesting on a children’s novel’s cover, they decided that the image of a lion mauling a deathly pale woman would be perfect and is sort of a spoiler if you don’t know the story. Still, I like the use of colour, everything is a muted green/blue colour apart from Aslan, which immediately draws your eye to him when you are looking at this cover. Again, that really suits the character of Aslan, as when he is mentioned in the book, he does take centre stage. This cover maybe the stuff of nightmares for young children, but I still love it as a classic.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
From one classic novel to another, this time A Christmas Carol. Again, this is a book I’ve owned for quite awhile, so this edition is pretty old, but I do have to admit, I really don’t like this cover. Its pretty dull to look at and the colours don’t complement each other either. Its a shame that the main part of the cover is an image of Scrooge looking scared. Just thinking of all the iconic moments in the story and this is what they chose for the front cover, it feels like a wasted opportunity. It a shame, as some people seem to be really put off reading classic novels and this cover really does nothing to sell A Christmas Carol to a reluctant reader.
Letters From Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien.
OK, let’s move onto a better cover, J. R. R. Tolkien’s Letter from Father Christmas. I love this cover. Firstly, the image of Father Christmas was actually drawn by Tolkien for his children and its absolutely perfect and wouldn’t look out of place on any Christmas themed book. The positioning of Tolkien’s name and the title of the book, not only makes them stand out but also doesn’t clutter the cover and take away any of the attention from the picture. Its a simple cover but one that os perfect for this book.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
And now, onto our final cover for this post, The Night Circus. Just like with Caraval, I love the use of colour on this cover, this time with the black, white and little additions of red. The fact that this colours have some importance to the story gives this cover some bonus points. The inclusion of Marco and Celia on the cover, just ties it even further with the story. It may not be the most over the top cover, but its one that is really well suited for the story inside of its covers.
That was my judgement on the covers of the books I read in December. Was there any that you particularly liked or disliked? Let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you soon!
All image covers were found on Goodreads.