Wednesday, September 21, 2011

RTW: Read Me Because I'm Beautiful

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic:  

What are your all-time favorite book covers?

There are so many amazing options that I'm going to focus on fairly new covers. 

If you look around your blog environs here, it should come as no surprise that I really like covers with tree limb silhouettes.

I don't really like to see people on the cover… or so I thought until a few covers this year blew my mind.

 So apparently I don’t mind cover people if their hair is floating? I don't know, but those covers are sweet.

But I have to give top billing to a book that was so stunning and beautiful that I bought it (promising that I would then read it, which I did) even though I was fairly certain I would hate it and had in fact sworn several times that I would never read it: 

Not only are the watercolor cover illustrations fantastic (and framed with tree limbs! and a font that looks like tree limbs!), but the entire book is beautifully bound. I swoon over well done deckle edges and illustrated french flaps and textured covers and perfectly chosen typefaces. 

And that, my friends, is why e-books will never rule the world... at least not mine. 

- all photos my own or from Goodreads  -


  1. So, did you like Wuthering Heights? Was it as good as the cover? Though considered a classic, it's not everyone's favorite. My wife and kids hated it, but I quite enjoyed it.

    I agree with you about e-books. They have their place in the market, but it's hard to give them a place on the bookshelf!

    One of the sad things about the demise of vinyl records is the fact that, like traditional books, many of them had wonderfully creative cover art that CD doesn't do justice to, and digital downloads miss altogether. But vinyl is making somewhat of a comeback, so I think there's hope for books too!

    If you want to see my selection, it's at

  2. Wow, those are GREAT covers, especially the Bronte ones. And I swear I bough Connolly's because I liked the way it looked.

  3. Good choices, Jillian! I'm a fan of deckle edges too. :D

  4. If I had a B&N giftcard, I would buy ALL of these books based on their covers alone. heh heh.

  5. Thanks for the comments everyone - I'm glad we're all agreed on the covers!

    Colin: Ultimately I was glad that I read Wuthering Heights (for one, the Bronte jokes in Jasper Fforde's books now make more sense) but as anticipated the characters annoyed the heck out of me. Stunning prose and atmosphere can only do so much, I'm afraid.

    I'm definitely a fan of vinyl record art though. As a teenager I decorated my room with covers from my parents' collection, and wouldn't let them throw them out even though the record player no longer worked.

  6. My mom and I watched the old B&W Wuthering Heights on a rained-out vacation and I've loved it since then (age 10 or so). But when I read the book, loved the moor scenes and descriptions, but as to characters I liked the dead-Cathy-coming-for-Heathcliff bits the best. The young Cathy was more sympathetic, too, but I'm not sure what it says about me (or Bronte's character building) that I liked her best when she was dead!

  7. Haha - it's definitely interesting when the characters are more compelling when dead! I haven't seen any film adaptations of Wuthering Heights, but that would be interesting.

  8. I LOVE looking at book covers. Especially when you have them grouped like that! So very cool.