I'm participating in Top Ten Tuesday today, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Top Ten Book Cover Likes/Dislikes
2. I dislike it when the cover doesn't give me a clue about what is inside its pages. I have seen too many mostly solid, blank covers. I know we can't judge books by their covers, but really it does make a difference. I also think there should be something there to catch my eye, even if it's just a small picture or a title. Otherwise, it kind of makes me think that someone didn't care or the book wasn't important enough for a good cover. Now I'm not saying this cover (for The Perks for Being a Wallflower) is awful, but it's an example and it isn't one that would catch my eye.
3. I dislike sexually charged covers. I have four little kids. They see my books and they read the titles. I also have friends and a husband who all see my books. Then there is also myself who has to see them. :) I don't like covers or titles that I don't feel comfortable displaying in my home. I also don't like finding covers that look like Erotica, but are YA books. I'm not saying the books themselves aren't fabulous because I have read some of them and enjoyed them. I just like my covers tamer.
6. I like artistic/creative covers. I love it when a cover just blows me away with its colors or creativity, especially if it also fits the story inside really well. Do you want an example? Well, I definitely have one! It's for Splintered, which is still one of my favorite covers. Ever.
7. I like when color pops on a cover. It just catches my eye and it can be super cute or mysterious or artistic. When it's done right, it can really draw a reader in. The Geography of You and Me is a perfect example.
How about you? What do you like or dislike about book covers?