Fun for Monday: Dreamy Book Covers

As this blue mood of mine doesn’t seem to be shifting, I thought I’d try to inspire myself with a tag about one of my favourite things: book covers. Not much talking going on here, just a few visual delights.

This is another tag I found via the wonderful Zeezee, and it was created by Tiana the Book Raven, who I’ve linked to below because there are…


  1. Thank the person who tagged you and spread the love. (I wasn’t tagged, but thank you Zeezee for always finding such excellent tags).
  2. Mention the creator of this tag: Tiana @ The Book Raven
  3. Use the original tag image in your post.
  4. Tag at least one fellow blogger to do this tag!
  5. List the rules.


“No Ideas but in things”

A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside

I could pick so many beautiful book covers for this prompt, but Redshirts by John Scalzi communicated it’s content to me more economically than anything else I’ve ever picked up.



“Dark and lovely”

A book cover that is so creepalicious you just want to eat it up

Both of these covers give me delicious shivers.

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“Sugary sweet”

A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug

All of them.


“The simple aesthetic”

A book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic design

I love both of these for the clarity of the design.

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“Cover envy”

A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t … yet


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“Travelling abroad”

A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside your own

I love Stephan Martiniere’s steampunkish Cairo on the cover of The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P Djeli Clark. It could almost convince me to travel… almost.



“The colour wheel”

A cover that showcases one of your favourite colours

Couldn’t pick one.

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“Switching gears”

A cover change you absolutely adore

It’s not that I don’t admire Michael Whelan and Stephen Youll’s original cover art, or John Howe’s later work either. I just really really like Jackie Morris’ work, and I love calligraphy and these covers are perfection. That’s all.

The original Farseer trilogy covers by Michael Whelan (first two books) and Stephen Youll (third book)
Michael Whelan and Stephen Youll’s lovely work
The Farseer trilogy book covers by Jackie Morris
And my preferred covers by Jackie Morris


“Oldie but a goodie”

A favourite cover for your favourite classic

I love the Eric Shanower and Skottie Young’s Oz comics.

The first three Oz comics by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young


“And the winner is”

Which cover mentioned above is your overall favourite?

I think it will have to be The Bird King by G Willow Wilson (cover design by Helen Crawford-White) because I don’t have it, and the thing you want is always more appealing than the thing you already have.




I’m going to tag Laura of The Corner of Laura for this one

(Even though I know I haven’t yet done the tags you tagged me for – sorry! It’s on my list, honest!)


And anyone else who wants to have a go, please dive in!




  1. Sorry to hear the writing mojo is still playing hide and seek with you. It was nice to see something from you though 😀

    As for choices. I despise Hobbs’ books, but aesthetically, I still prefer those original covers. Just something about them screams fantasy to me….

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  2. One of my fav tags since it’s all about book covers 🙂
    I really enjoy CM Waggoner’s books. They were fun reads. Hope you have a good time with them too when you get them on your shelves.

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  3. There’s a European game company called Alban Viard Studio Games ( that has designed and produced a game system whose cards use licensed cover art from the pulp magazines of the 1930s – 1950s from both the crime and sci-fi genres. Its amazing how those covers could act as single-scene “trailers” for the content (even when the former had nothing to do with the latter) given their level of detail and energy. In contrast, today’s book covers work to entice more than illustrate.

    Its all a matter of taste, of course. Speaking strictly for myself, I can’t remember the last time I found a book’s cover interesting enough to pick it up. I bought and read “Meddling Kids” solely because it was mentioned on this blog. I’m reading “The Monster Baru Cormorant” because it was praised on a twitter feed I follow. The covers didn’t grab me at all.

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    • Ooo, I’m fascinated by the idea of a card game system that uses old book covers!
      I still have a huge soft spot for the fantasy and scifi book covers that show a scene from the story. Not something we see nowadays.
      I love spotting trends in book cover design too. I guess that’s what keeps me interested, because, as you suggest, some covers aren’t illustrative of what’s inside. I’m not struck by the Baru Cormorant book covers, but the story sound awesome.


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