CatMOckingbirdI am a librarian. Yes, I see book covers on a daily basis, and yes, a great book cover STILL has the power to draw my eye. I’m a sucker for a great cover – contemporary, historical, fantasy – you name it, I am drawn to that cover.

I did a little thinking, though, and found some of my favorite covers. They’re not new, up-and-coming titles, nor are they vintage covers – they’re just covers that will STILL draw me in and make me read them, even if I’ve already read them!

And yes, I think Book Covers have distinct personalities.

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I remember the first time I saw Cynthia Ruchti’s debut contemporary novel, They Almost Always Come Home. The cover entranced me. Cynthia, in a mentor meeting at ACFW, entranced me. Now, some of you know that I’m not usually drawn to reading material that won’t make me laugh, or at least swoon. But I was drawn. And I read it. And I was totally, fantastically, humbly, AMAZED at the story journey that that little boat took me on. Sometimes we need to let the cover draw us in!


Occasionally, it’s the dress that gets me. I read my first Deanne Gist novel because the dresses were just SO PRETTY! What was great, however, was the girl inside that dress!


I would have read Laura Frantz if it had a plain brown wrapper, but you know what, her books do NOT have a plain brown wrapper – instead, her heroines are bedecked in glorious silks and an expression that is JUST LIKE you would expect when you get to know the heroine.


And then there are the “fellas.” A few of my favorite authors, for certain series, have opted to put the HERO on the cover, as opposed to the HEROINE. I can certainly live with that . . . Kaye Dacus, in her “Brides of Bonneterre” series, just gave us PART of the hero . . . and that was enough. OutOfControlMary Coneally, in her “Kinkaid Brides” series, gave us three distinct personalities for her three distinct heroes. Interesting that both series titles have the word “brides,” and they feature the GROOMS! I love it.


A few other series that caught my eye, and one that I’ve seriously already read twice, is Janice Thompson’s “Weddings By Bella” series (which now has a sub-series started!), and Susan May Happily Ever AfterWarren’s “Deep Haven” series. The colors, the art, the playful quality of both series’ covers make me want to hang them on the wall so I can look at them all the time!

So yeah. Talk about a topic that a librarian can sink her teeth into? It’s book covers.

I’m totally . . . flabbergasted

7 thoughts on “GOT YOU COVERED!”

  1. Love the kitty meme. 🙂

    Having the hero on the cover is always a draw to me as I really enjoy novels written from the male perspective. (You should check out Susan May Warren’s RECLAIMING NICK–now that’s an attractive cover. ;))

  2. These are great covers! I’m loving the fun in Flabbergasted. I usually have a hard time reading something written by the opposite sex, but I’m putting this on my list.

  3. I was surprised by Flabbergasted! (no pun intended) It’s by a male author AND from the male perspective. What made me read it, besides the cover? It takes place at Litchfield Beach, SC, which is my all-time-favorite beach!! I loved it.

    Honestly, if I had read Reclaiming Nick, I would have put it on my list – I LOVE THAT COVER! 🙂 It’s on my list.

  4. Great choices, Regina. I LOVE Laura Frantz’s covers – and the story inside the cover as well! And Susie May’s are always good too.

  5. Courting Morrow Little is one of my all time favorite covers. I LOVE Morrow’s dress!

    Flabbergasted looks like a lot of fun.

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