I was sure I was onto a book cover trend, but I could only find 2 examples!

I’ve read two books in the last month that have used the same technique on their front book covers. I don’t know what to call it so I’m naming it a split title.

What am I talking about? The titles of these two books split one of the words into two words on the cover, but on the spine and in all other references, it’s one word. I think the publishers want to have the font as big as possible on the cover, but adding a hyphen would look weird, so they just skip it. I was sure I was on to a trend, but I’ve two days looking for examples and can’t find even one more!

Here’s what I mean:

See how The Breakdown by B. A. Paris is split into BREAK and DOWN? But the actual title is The Breakdown. It’s the same with Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, split into FIRE and KEEPER’S.

By the way, both books were very good so stay tuned for reviews!

Can you find any other examples? I’m going to keep looking and hope to add to my collection.

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Women in dresses book covers

I went down another rabbit hole last night and became obsessed with finding book covers that depicted women in dresses. I’m not the first person to have this idea, but I resisted looking for posts about the same subject. It took me a while to find these because I was looking for a certain style, but there is no shortage of books with this kind of cover. Can you think of any others?

Here are the ones I’ve read:

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (not reviewed)

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

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Book cover eye candy – similar, very similar, confusing, pretty and more book covers

Happy Sunday Everyone! I’m being very superficial today and sharing book covers that caught my eye for different reasons. Sometimes, and I’ve said this before, I think I’ve already read a book because the cover is so much like another cover!

Similar Covers

These are both pretty and similar. A bit hard to read because they’re so busy and colorful, but I do like looking at them.

Very Similar Covers

The handwritten slanted font, often in all caps, is very popular these days. And look at all the ones that feature a rocky coast!

Sunglasses Covers

Yes, summer is over but the sunglasses stay.

Confusing Covers

Honestly, these books might be great, but these covers are too hard to look at.

Prettiest Covers

You may have figured out that I like colorful book covers! These are also a bit similar to each other, but that’s okay with me because I like looking at them!

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Pretty, colorful and unique book covers

Don’t listen to the old saying because book covers are everything. They are often the sole reason we pick up one book, and pass on another. Today, I’m sharing some pretty, colorful and unique book covers.

Pretty covers (also colorful, by the way)

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett – Published in 2019. Did you know that The Dutch House  was a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction? I loved this book! You can read my review here. (FYI: The winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.)

If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim – Published in 2018. From Goodreads:  “debut novel about war, family, and forbidden love, the unforgettable saga of two ill-fated lovers in Korea and the heartbreaking choices theyre forced to make in the years surrounding the civil war that continues to haunt us today.”

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – Published in 2018. In 1969, four siblings sneak through their New York neighborhood to visit a mysterious woman. They hear she’s a fortune teller and that she will tell them the dates of their deaths. Varya is thirteen. Daniel is eleven. Klara is nine and Simon is seven. Should they believe? Read my review here.

The Moment of Tenderness by Madeline L’Engle – Published in 2020. From Goodreads: “This powerful collection of short stories traces an emotional arc inspired by Madeleine L’Engle’s early life and career, from her lonely childhood in New York to her life as a mother in small-town Connecticut.”

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali – Published in 2019. From Goodreads: “A novel set in 1953 Tehran against the backdrop of the Iranian Coup about a young couple in love who are separated on the eve of their marriage, and who are reunited sixty years later, after having moved on to live independent lives in America, to discover the truth about what happened on that fateful day in the town square.”

Colorful covers (also pretty, by the way)

All Adults Here by Emma Straub – Published in 2020. From Goodreads: “When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence?”

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner – Published in 2020. From Goodreads: “The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Everything returns with an unforgettable novel about friendship and forgiveness set during a disastrous wedding on picturesque Cape Cod.”

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano – Published in 2020. From Goodreads: “One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.” Definitely want to read this.

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich – Published in 2020. From Goodreads: “Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C.”

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson – Published in 2019. From Goodreads: “Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson’s taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child.”

Unique covers

Almond by Won-pyung Sohn and Joosun Lee – Published in 2017. From Goodreads: “Yunjae was born with a brain condition called Alexithymia that makes it hard for him to feel emotions like fear or anger. He does not have friends—the two almond-shaped neurons located deep in his brain have seen to that—but his devoted mother and grandmother aren’t fazed by his condition.”

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Published in 2019. If you like stories about bands in the 60s and 70s, I think you will like this novel. The author was inspired by the band Fleetwood Mac and the relationships between its members, and her character Daisy Jones closely resembles Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac. Read my review here.

Educated by Tara Westover –  Imagine growing up in isolation, with a father who regarded the government with paranoid distrust, who prepared the family for an impending apocalypse by stockpiling food, fuel and ammunition and “head for the hills” bags. Who made his children work with him in a dangerous scrap yard, where they were often severely injured. This and much more. Read my review here.

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson – Published in 2019. From Goodreads: “Kevin Wilson’s best book yet a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities.”

There There by Tommy Orange – Published in 2018. From Goodreads: “Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.” Want to read this one, too.

What covers have caught your eye?

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Creative book cover posts – have you noticed this trend?

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Lately I’ve noticed how creative book bloggers have become with the way they review books. It’s taken the book cover display to a new dimension. Readers aren’t just attracted to interesting, colorful and original covers. Book stores and libraries know how important displays are. And so do these bloggers.

A quick trip through my WordPress Reader today proves my point. These imaginative bloggers know how to make their posts fun to see and read and they definitely know how to make me want to read the books they feature! Make sure you check them out:

The Food and Book Life – Pride Readathon 2019 Wrap-up

Jennifer – Tar Heel Reader – The Perfect Son by Lauren North

Ope’s Opinions – Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Reading Ladies Book Club – Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading – The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

I’ve been thinking about how to redecorate Book Club Mom and this is one of the things I have started to change with my reviews.

Those People by Louise Candlish

Run Away by Harlan Coben

Lot by Bryan Washington

I may be jumping on a little late, and I’m definitely not in the league of these other creative bloggers, but I’m having fun trying this new way to share a book. Have you also noticed this trend?

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