You know, I just realized I haven’t written much about book covers on the blog! As you can see from the choices below, I like more simplistic designs and interesting fonts. I REALLY don’t like covers with big poofy dresses, girls faces and/or random body parts on them. And, frankly, that covers most of YA. I assume the publishers have tested it and that sells…but I just don’t get the appeal.
Cheating: Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
Cancer: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Abuse: Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
Teen Pregnancy: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
Weight: Skinny by Donna Cooner
Family: I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Death: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Bullying: Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Suicide: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
War: Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
For a good time, try…
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
Past Perfect by Leila Sales
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody
One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt
Heist Society by Ally Carter
How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Oh, gosh, I feel like this would be the most fun readathon ever. Who’s in?
So take me with a grain of salt…
Today, I’m going to go with the list of books I was feeling a little iffy about…but that pleasantly surprised me in the end!
1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: A vampire school? Scratch that: ANY vampire books at this point? Eww, right? Um, no. 1. It’s not about a school. 2. It’s full of suspense and tension and ALL THE GOOD THINGS EVER.
2. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready: I knew there was a love triangle going in, which to me = gross. Plus, I figured it out be fluffy ghosty angsty stuff. No, Silly Past Anna, you fool! This series is actually very deep and emotionally challenging — there were lots of tears shed on my part!
3. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo: Hmm, how do I put this non-spoilery…hmm. I guess I’ll just say that as someone who likes closure, I never thought I would so thoroughly adore a book with an ambiguous ending.
4. The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder: Why I was scared of verse novels, I’ll never know. This book won me over — it’s sooooo good.
5. Matched by Ally Condie: I’d read a few mixed reviews, but this book was a total win for me, grabbing my attention from start to finish. So, yeah, obviously I think book reviews are useful (hello!), but that being said, everyone reads and reacts differently, so make up your own mind on what you want to pick up. In instances like this, you may be pleasantly surprised!
I used to insist I didn’t like books about death. Books 6 through 8 proved me forever wrong.
9. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: Ditto what I said about death books. War books? Eesh, no, right? WRONG. So good. If you’ve read this: You know that thing that you realize midway through the book? I used to hate that too but I actually realized now it’s quite brilliant. Vague bwahaha sorry everyone either you get it or you don’t.
10. Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey: This book marks the point when I realized it was time to embrace my inner nerd and admit it: I like dragon books.