And if you look out the window to the left, you'll see the new Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone cover. Scholastic, the USA publisher of the series, is re-releasing the books with new covers to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their arrival in North America.
I've seen some mixed responses to the new covers on Twitter and Facebook, but I'm in camp "LOVE IT." I loved the original covers, too, don't get me wrong. But if new covers revitalizes interest in the series among younger readers just discovering the boy wizard, I welcome the change.
Okay, speaking of book covers . . .
I know, I know, I’ve done posts about book covers before. I clearly have an unhealthy infatuation with them. In fact, lately I've gotten back into the swing of reading (my son had put a dent in that activity over the past month or so), and I've discovered so many incredible book covers, that I'm thinking about making "cover art" a recurring theme in this blog.
I read more than just kid-lit, actually kid-lit probably only makes up 50% of what I read, so I might have a couple days where I post a dozen adult books whose covers are swoon-worthy. I have some files building on my computer, so we'll see . . .
As I've said before, there's simply nothing like a well-designed book. I am frequently in awe of those artists who create book covers, and the designers who do the typeface (which is, in my opinion, just as important as the actual artwork). Nothing is just haphazardly thrown together, it's all done with careful consideration. I think staring at a cover and wondering what the artists/designers were thinking when they designed it is part of what makes a book great.
Oh, and just so there's no misunderstanding, please realize I have zero (less than zero, if that were possible) artistic skill. I just love it when I see something that captures what I felt when I read a book. Actually, now that I think of it, I wonder how my color blindness impacts how I perceive book covers.
So today I wanted to share a few covers I discovered that compelled me to either read the books, or add the books to my TBR list. It happens with alarming frequency, actually. But in today's instance, I tried to build a list of covers that might be off the beaten path. I thought I'd make a concious effort to find covers for books that might not be on your radar yet.
Let me know what you think.
(PS – The pictures are links. They'll take you to Amazon if they're available. And if they're not on the market yet, the links will take you to the publisher's websites.
Here we go: