Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Jana's Top Ten Covers of 2012 (that we know of so far!)


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Hi everyone! It's Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl! If you've been paying attention over there to my posts about good and bad covers, not to mention my Top Ten Tuesday here on my top ten favorite covers (which have changed since that post!) then you know why I'm the perfect person to do today's TTT! I decided to narrow things down to my favorite covers on the books of 2012 (both released and upcoming). 2012 is full of some absolutely amazing covers, so it's going to be hard to narrow this down to just 10! I selected some that I'm sure all of you have seen a lot, but I was also hoping to select some of the less popular ones.


Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

I'm not usually a huge fan of covers with faces on them, but this one is just so pretty that I've changed my mind. I love the colors, the butterfly mask, the typography. It's wonderful! I actually mentioned this cover in my review of the book on my blog. Unlike some book covers, this cover tells so much about the story itself. I really appreciate art that is done for a better reason than to "just look pretty". This is one of the best examples I've seen of a cover that very subtly opens a window to the story. I'm sure you understand what I mean if you've read it. 


Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

I love mermaid books, and this one appears to incorporate some mythology too! I haven't had the pleasure to read this yet, as it comes out in June, but I'm dying to read it. This cover has grabbed me so many times while browsing Goodreads and other blogs. I love the font and the layout, and I LOVE the mystical feeling this cover exudes.


What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

I love the incorporation of the profile view of the face along with the frontal view. I've never seen that before, but it sounds cool. The main girl in the book has two souls. One of them was supposed to die, but hers didn't and they have developed a very close bond. Having two souls (or being a hybrid) is illegal, so they have to keep it a secret. I think the cover nicely symbolizes this idea. And it's pretty too!


Gravity by Melissa West

I love outer space, and this picture is gorgeous! I also really like the font choice for the title, as well as the flourishes on either side. This book is a sci-fi fantasy, and it sounds pretty good! It involves aliens and romance and people hovering and saving the Earth. I'm excited to read it!


The Statistical Probability of Love at First sight by Jennifer E. Smith

This cover is mainly typography-based, but I love the feeling the photo give off--of two people who are seizing the moment in the middle of a busy world (with fuzzy people rushing by). Seeing as how this entire romance takes place in an airport, I think it's rather fitting. I love that it's black and white. Black and white covers are not all that popular right now, so this one stands out. All you do is focus on the the lovebirds inside the red heart. That pop of red makes me happy. And I love the typography too! It's just cute.


Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

I love everything about this cover: the rich colors, the upside-down person looking at us, the flowers, and the typography. The typography is actually my favorite part of this cover. From the looks of it, it's a custom font, and I love it when covers have custom fonts! It gives us something new to look at. The cover gives off a feeling of mystery and magic, which is what the book seems to be chock full of!


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I think my very favorite covers have been the ones that were predominately vector design. No photography... just pure design. Like the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater, for example. It's easy to grab a photo and stick it on a cover, but it takes pure artistry to draw a design like this one. The typography and ligatures, intertwined with the branches is really pleasing to look at. 


A Greyhound Kind of Girl by Roddy Doyle

Oh my. I think this is my favorite of all the covers I posted today. I might just have to buy this book for the cover. I don't even know what it's about. Please go find a bigger version of this so you can really see all the intricate details in the flowers and leaves. Again, this is all vector design and I LOVE it.


Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

I love the heart cut-out. I think that just makes the cover for me. I'm not sure why I like it so much, but I think it's because it's so simple and well-done. And I am SO excited for warmer weather right now. This dreamy cover shows a girl on a sailboat, and I have always wanted to go out on one. All elements work well together, and I just think it's really pretty!


Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

This is so cute! And mostly, I am just dying to read this one. I love the purple moped, and her boots with the argyle socks popping out of the top. I like the fact that their heads are cut off so we can imagine what our characters look like. And HELLO. It's Italy! I love Italy. 
:)

Mr. Darcy Forever by Victoria Connelly

Sorry! I had to add #11. I love this cover so much. The bright colors, the attractive-looking man with the bouquet of flowers he's come to give me, and that cute little town drawing behind him. Just love it! 








So, there you have it! These are certainly not ALL my favorite 2012 covers. I've got many more like A Million Suns by Beth Revis, Everneath by Brodi Ashton, Insurgent by Veronica Roth, For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder, etc. I could go on and on! What are some of your favorites? Link up you favorite covers of whatever (all time, paranormal books, books with dresses on the cover, etc.) Be creative! I can't wait to see what you picked!

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  1. I'm loving the Unbreak My Heart cover too -- soo pretty. And Statistical Probability made my list too so yay!

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  2. Gorgeous cover choices!! I love the cover of Statistical Probability!!

    Michele | Top 10

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  3. Born Wicked is gorgeous, and Unbreak My Heart is just so pretty! There are so many amazing YA covers to choose from- it was so hard to whittle my list down. Great topic as always :)

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  4. I was THIS close to putting Gravity on my list as well! I love it with its intense blues.

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  5. Looks like we had one cover in common, Incarnate, and it's such a beautiful cover, too! :) I love all of your other covers, too, Jana. I'm especially taken with Gravity since the Earth looks so beautiful and bright from space.

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  6. The cover of Gravity is really gorgeous! :)

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  7. You picked some very attractive and intriguing covers. I confess that I don't pick books for their covers so my choices were made on books that I could think of having fun or intriguing covers, but I had a hard time doing it.

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  8. I love the cover for TSPOLAFS. It fits the book so well and is just so pretty. Great picks.

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  9. Crap! The cover of Gravity has me wanting to read it!

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  10. I remember seeing Incarnate in stores and stopping because it was just so beautiful! I also adore The Statistical Probability's cover - so simple but so fitting! Great picks :)

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  11. I forgot to add Incarnate, Born Wicked, and Gravity! I love all of those covers! Great picks, I really love the Flirting in Italian cover. Awesome covers :D

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  12. Poseidon looks absolutely gorgeous -- the cover is almost hypnotizing! I love the quirkiness of Statistical Probability too. Awesome picks!

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  13. What's Left of Me is so beautiful. Amazing choices!

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  14. "Shadow of Bone" looks indeed mysterious. Well, my list turned out a mix of 2012 and 2011. :D Hope it will still be okay.

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  15. I absolutely judge books by their covers. My list is of the covers of books that are currently in my room :) happy tuesday!
    ~Aspen
    http://inner-aspen.blogspot.com

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  16. Nice choices! I haven't even heard of some of these, but now I'll have to check them out! Thanks for sharing!

    Here are my Top Ten YA Covers of 2012.

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  17. I love the covers for Of Poseidon and Born Wicked and Gravity. And I agree about The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Love those blurred images of others in motion while the two characters are standing still and in perfect clarity.

    Awesome picks!

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  18. Love the cover for Of Poseidon too!

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  19. Souly based on covers, since I have no read them yet Of Poseidon and Born Wicked may definitely be my favorite cover of 2012

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  20. Those are some beautiful covers, especially Imcarnate with those colors. Great picks.

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  21. Great picks, I love all these covers!

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  22. We have two books in common on our lists, almost three. Great picks! I love the cover of Shadow and Bone!

    Here are my top cover picks of 2012.

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  23. Incarnate is on my list too!

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  24. Those are gorgeous covers - my favorite is probably Born Wicked.

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  25. I've never heard of Mr Darcy forever and now I must go find it because omg Mr Darcy.

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    1. Yes. I am in complete agreement! Le sigh!!

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  26. They're all gorgeous, by my favorite is Incarnate. There's just something about those colors that are eye catching!

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  27. I absolutely love the cover of Shadow and Bone!!

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  28. Lovely ones, especially 'A Greyhound Kind of Girl' (may need to buy that based on cover and title alone) and 'Unbreak my Heart'!

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  29. Those are some really nice book covers. I really like the cover for "The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight."

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  30. I was poster number 100 today! Wow--looks like there are lots of favorite book covers out there and I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with. :)

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  31. I LOVE the cover for The Statistical Improbability of Love At First Sight. I keep seeing it around and just thinking it's amazing!

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  32. There are so many awesome covers. I almost put TSPoLaFS. There are just too many to choose from, so I went with the first ones I thought of.

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  33. I love the covers for Incarnate, Statistical Improbability, and Flirting in Italian! Great choices!

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  34. Those are all beautiful covers. I really want to read "What's left of me" now. That cover is gorgeous and based on your summary looks like it's perfect for the book.

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  35. Great Top 10 Today! My link is posted above!

    :)

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  36. This has been a dangerous top ten for me. As I Have been reading the various posts I have been adding to my TBR pile! I love the cover for Flirting in Italian!!! Thanks!

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  37. I did my favorite covers from my childhood... since I was way more into covers as a kid than I am now!

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  38. This was an awesome theme - there's so much to choose from! I love that cover for "Shadow and Bone."

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  39. I have post about nice covers that comes out this month:)Lovely covers:)Born Wicked is my favorite:)

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  40. Born Wicked is one of my favorite covers this year.

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  41. I love the cover of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and put it on my list, too. I totally forgot about Born Wicked, but I adore that cover!

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  42. I love Shadow and Bone as well- I am with you on the those types of covers!

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  43. LOVE the Of Poseidon cover!! :]

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  44. That Gravity cover is sublime. I love outer space, too.

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  45. First time joining the top ten Tuesday! Looking forward to checking out some of the favorite covers. :-)

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  46. Love the covers you choose! I had a hard time picking my favorites, but eventually I came up with:

    http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.com/2012/03/top-10-tuesday-3.html

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  47. Looks like a popular topic--I know I had fun with it. :) Beautiful list here; it made me want to look up some of these books.

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  48. Lovely Covers! I think covers are commercials for the story within kaye—the road goes ever ever on

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  49. Great TTT choices! Incarnate is on my lsit as well. It's so beautiful! What's Left of Me sounds sooo interesting and it was a must add to my TBR :)

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  50. I love the cover of Gravity! The Statistical Probability... made my list, too. Great cover choices!

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  51. Awesome covers!
    Heres mine: http://emily-confessionsofabookaholic.blogspot.com/2012/03/top-ten-tuesday-3.html

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  52. I love the cover for Incarnate. It's beautiful.

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  53. Your choices are all gorgeous! I think my favourite would be 'What's Left Of Me'...
    :)

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  54. Love the Poseidon cover!! :) Great theme--I had so much fun finding the covers.

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  56. Nice covers, especially the last one ;)

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  57. I love all these covers! My personal favorite of these is probably Incarnate...so pretty!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews
    http://feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2012/03/top-ten-tuesday-16-favorite-book-covers.html

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  58. All great covers. My favorite has to be Incarnate!

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  59. What's Left of my is such a brilliant cover! Love it! I agree about the all design covers too though! Loved Mercy Falls books, Jackson Pearce's and The Castor Chronicles books! Check out our Top 10 this week! Fun Top 10! Loved this one!

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  60. This is a great idea for a list. Out of those I really like Born Wicked and Shadow and Bone. Shadow and Bone kind of reminds me of The Night Circus cover, which I love!

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  61. GREAT topic! I did an all Wuthering Heights edition at www.thehunsblog.com!

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  62. Born Wicked made my list, too! And I am really jazzed for Of Poseidon! :)

    Thanks y'all for hosting this, as always!

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  63. We have a few of the same books on our list! I love Incarnate and Of Poseidon! They are both such stunning books!

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  64. I've never even heard of Unbreak My Heart, but I love the cover so I'll have to check it out. Flirting in Italian has such a cute cover too! It was so close to making my Top Ten list this week.

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  65. First time participating in this meme! Very cool. Of Poseidon and What's Left of Me were also in my Top Ten! I'm looking forward to participating in more TTTs!

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  66. Agreed - "Born Wicked" and "Gravity" - two of my favorite covers ever!! :D Especially Born Wicked! Love this list! :)

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  67. Love Mr Darcy forevers cover! Adding some to my tbr....

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  68. Does anyone ever select adult book covers. Meaning non ya books?

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    1. Mr. Darcy Forever isn't a YA book... Haha. I researched SO much to try and find more adult books with nice covers, but I couldn't really find any. YA books have better covers, in my opinion, especially this year.

      - Jana

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  69. I love the cover of Mr. Darcy Forever. Excellent choice!

    Here's the link to my top ten covers post:

    http://theorderoftheday.blogspot.com/2012/03/judging-book-by-its-cover-top-ten.html

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  70. I love all these covers! Although the cover for What's Left of Me always makes me go cross-eyed!

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  71. I'm very excited for Shadow and Bone and the simplicity of the cover is actually quite a draw! I also love the photo aspect of The Statistical Probability of Love. Two more books to add to my to read list...

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