Lola’s Rambings is a feature on Lola’s Review where I talk about me or ramble on about a book or non-book related topic. Usually these posts are everything that doesn’t fall under any standard header, like blog tours, book blitzes, cover reveals or reviews. Lola’s Ramblings posts are are personal discussions of a certain topic. Sometimes about book related topics and sometimes about non-book related topics. This feature was previously known as About Me. The banner for this feature is designed by Michelle from Limabean Designs.
Book covers are one of the things I love to talk about. Although I hardly take the time to do so, with the exception of my cover reviews during cover reveals. During those cover reviews I notice that there are some points or topics I often address, so I thought it would be nice to have a discussion post about covers and mention those points I like to see on covers. I like how book covers can give a hint about the content of the book and when I look at a cover I like trying to deciper what it tells me. I think a good or bad cover can really make or break a book. There are some covers that are so bad I immediately lose interest in the book or covers that are so good that I want to read them no mater what. For example the cover of Passenger, the cover is so pretty I want to own it. So I think book covers are pretty important and today I want to talk about what makes a good cover in my opinion and next week I talk about things I like to see on a cover.
What Makes a good Cover?
First I want to talk about what makes a good cover in my opinion. With a good cover I mean that it looks good, I don’t have to like the cover personally, but I can see it’s a good cover for the book. These are things I think a cover needs to have to be appealing to readers and get picked up. Most of these are also things I like in a cover.
- Gives hint towards genre or subject. I like seeing some hint towards the genre or subjects on the cover. And often I make assumptions were the story is about from what I see on the cover. Does the cover has a puppy and a couple dancing? Then I am assuming it’s a contemporary Romance and that the puppy will make an appearance in the story. From what I’ve seen in the comments on my cover reveal posts so far, most people agree with this. I don’t say every romance book needs a kissing couple or every New Adult book needs a black and white cover, but in general I do like to know at least something about the topic or genre from looking at the cover. It doesn’t have to be cliché or fit the stereotypical image of a book cover for that genre, but I also think thsoe themes or stereotypes serve a goal, namely letting the reader know what type of book this is. Or at least not be misled by a cover, ever take a look at a cover and expect one thing and then get something totally different? That. I prefer covers that give no hint about the genre or topic than covers that give the wrong hint about the genre. If there is a puppy on the cover and the main character has ten cats, I think that isn’t a good cover.
- Eye catching. I think you have a good cover if it’s eye catching. If people see the book on a blog, in their feed or in a bookstore and it makes them pause and take a closer look you have a good cover. You want your cover to appeal to people, not have them ignore it. You want people to pick up your book because of the cover and what it tells them. I think having an eye catching cover can help make your book stand out in the sea of books, making sure people take a closer look is important and I think the cover is one device you can use to attract their attention and maybe catch their interest.
- Title and author easily readable. This is pretty obvious, but I thought it was worth mentioning anyway. I want to be able to read the author and title clearly. I have seem some crazy fonts that made the text unreadable or not enough contrast between the text and background. You want readers to be able to read the title of your book at one glance, not having to puzzle what the title or author is. You can also use the fotn as a way to stand out or add soemthgin extra to the cover.
- Fits the book/ story. I love it when a cover fits the book or story and I think this is certainly part of a good book cover. I have seen covers that seemingly have nothing to do with the story or book. It’s okay when you have to read the book first to udnerstand the connection, but I want the cover to sort of fits the book and story inside. Else why make it the cover for you book if it doesn’t fit? I’ve seen some generic covers that sort of fit the book, but when there are little details on the cover that hint towards events or objects in the book that’s even better. On the other if your main character has blond hair and the cover shows a brunette, that’s just a bad cover decision.
- Same style for covers in a series. I want to see a cover and know it belongs to the same series as the earlier or later books in a series. I love it when covers in a series have the same style, models, font, design, so I can see that these are part of a series. I like seeing the covers in a series next to each other and seeing the trend of style that’s the same on each cover, but also enough differences to differentiate the different books.
- Nice/ professional design. You know those covers that you take one look at and can see the author tried photoshop herself? The elements don’t fit nicely or things are just a little bit off. There are also authors who do a great job designing their own covers and I have seen enough of those to say it’s definitely an option, but just make sure you know what you’re doing. A cover is important and if it looks weird or ugly or obviously badly photoshopped, chances are that isn’t appealing and a reader is less likely to pick it. I want the cover to have a nice design, you can see that there is effort and though put into what ends to go where and the elements are nicely arranged.
Covers Featured in this post.
As this post is about covers I picked a few covers I like to display during this post and let me tell you why I picked these covers.
- Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken. What’s not to love? Nice sea setting, dark background and then the message in a bottle hint, but instead of a message there is a city in the bottle and the reflection is a ship, which is so cleverly done. This cover makes me think of dark themes, travel, seas and ships. It reminds me of the past, with the ship and the way the ship is the reflection fo the city can be seen as a hint to the time travel aspect, with how the main character switches her city in the here and now for a ship in the past. I love this cover and how it hints to the story and content. I can’t judge whether it actually fits the story, but I really hope it does. It’s a shame the mention of time travel has me running in the opposite direction, still if this one would be on netgalley I am not sure if I could resist hitting request. If only for that cover.
- Summer Haikus (Happily Ever Asia) by S.J. Pajonas. This is one of my favourite romance book covers. I love the train background, city setting it means and traveling. I like how happy the couple looks and how they are hugging instead of kissing. They are also both asian, which fits the descriptions of them/ I like the font and those little hearts. It gives the cover a cute and romance feel.