7 Beautiful New Book Covers

Two hardback books, Release and Wild Beauty, on a stripey blue blanket, with the words '7 beautiful new book covers'

I just adore talking about book covers, and it’s that time again y’all! I am here to flail about 7 wonderful covers of recent or upcoming YA books, and I am so excited. (Also, all these are either cool books I’ve read or cool books I would like to read.) It was super difficult for me to pick just 7 because uGHH SO MANY. But, you know, I’ve got to keep that brand consistency of lists with 7. The things I do for you. *shakes head*

Cover of Release by Patrick Ness. An illustration of a figure walking down a blue river among darker silhouettes of trees, which when viewed from afar are the profiles of two heads.

1. Release by Patrick Ness It took me several months of looking at the poster I have of this cover on my wall to realise that the river also outlines two faces looking at each other. I know, right?!? IT’S AN OPTICAL ILLUSION. Anyway, yeah, the shades of green are great, I love that it’s so clean and just, mmm. Such a good cover. (I managed to find a nearly-new hardback in the charity shop and IT WAS SO EXCITING. Hardbacks are just so pretty.)

Cover of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. A smiling Indian girl holds a plastic cup of coffee with the title written on it in pen.

2. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon I sometimes dislike covers which use photos, especially of faces, but this one is SUPER COOL. It’s so aesthetic, it’s cool to see Dimple on the cover (and yes for more PoC on book covers because we need that!!) and also that writing on the coffee cup combined with the font of the author’s name? So great. I love me some good fonts.

Cover of We Are Okay by Nina Lacour. Illustration of a girl standing on a bed, both coloured pink, who looks into a blue lake whilst snow falls. width=

3. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour This book always looks so beautiful in photos. *heart eyes* The colour combination of the blue and pink in the illustration is so nice, and the drawing itself is kind of surreal but also cool; I love the drawing style. It makes me so curious about this book!

Cover of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Photo of a young man wearing old fashioned clothes, with the title in hand-doodled font and smaller doodles of a ship, a music note, playing cards, a violin, and a top hat around.

4. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee Hey, those doodles and doodle-y font? I LOVE THEM. MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE. Such a good font choice. Everything works well. Gives off a teen movie-vibe. Honestly, when will I get round to reading this book. (Answer: probably when it comes out in paperback.)

Cover of Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. The title in gold, fairytale-esque font in the centre with lush flowers all around, and a gold outline of a girl reaching out to the title.

5. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore I feel so lucky to own this hardback because IT. IS. GORGEOUS. Props to whoever designed this — not only is the actual cover image  beautiful, but it has such nice phsyicality. Impressions of the flowers on the dustjacket! Gold foil title underneath! The end-papers are such nice paper! The font for the chapter titles! To be honest, it’s just beautiful to fit such a beautiful book.

Cover of Want by Cindy Pon. Illustration of a young person with short dark hair wearing a glass helmet. The blurred bright lights of a city shine behind and the title text glows.

6. Want by Cindy Pon Firstly, this book sounds super awesome and it’s terrible that I haven’t read it yet. Time to go bug the library more to reserve it. Anyway, this illustration is so beautiful; I love the glowy neon title and general vibe and also the reflected lights just asdfjkl awesome.

Cover of History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. Illustration of light and dark blue stripes lines which look like waves, with each word of the title on a different wave.

7. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera For once I…like the UK cover more, I think? The illustrations of water are so effective, and also reflects the story without being super spoilery if you get me. Plus, I believe I’ve seen a special shiny WH Smith edition which is cool.

I hope you enjoyed my rambling about the pretty covers! It’s nice to be writing about books again. 🙂 At the moment I’m hoping to keep up the Wednesday posting schedule I have going on, so stay tuned for another post here this time next week. *nods*

what are your favourite covers? have i missed any out?? (probably!) do you have a favourite book you own?

7 Awesome International Book Covers

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When I go on holiday I love going into bookshops and finding different editions of books I’ve read. Sometimes I even buy them! (See the copy of Eleanor & Park I bought in Barcelona. It has SUCH LOVELY THICK PAGES aah.) And since I haven’t done much book design appreciation in a while, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite non-UK book covers!

I realise that obviously ‘international’ is going to be different for everyone since we all live in different places, but in this context I’m going for editions that aren’t available where I live. For a comparison, the non-UK one is on the left and the UK one is on the right. 🙂

fangirl alternate cover fangirl uk

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Indonesian edition) I do absolutely adore the UK edition of Fangirl — I mean, hello, Noelle Stevenson — but I thought this one was super adorable! I love the sort of craft/home-y feel it has. And the texture is LOVELY. It’s a lot less slick than the UK (and US) ones, despite their now iconic pink/green colour schemes.

my true love gave to me my true love gave to me uk

2. My True Love Gave to Me (US edition)
LOOK AT THIS. LOOK AT ALL THE TINY PEOPLE. I am endlessly upset that we didn’t get this in the UK. I mean, at least the winter and summer ones do go well together, but… IT’S NOT THE SAME. I wanted all the tiny people and nice illustrations. *cries*

the hunger games chinese the hunger games

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Chinese edition)
MAN, the ink stains here. *shakes head* They are really killing me. Although The Hunger Games has gone through many redesigns, I thought this one was rather nice! But, er, I’ve been using Google Translate to tell me where each edition is from if the summary isn’t a language I recognise, and it has produced a truly stellar one here:

“When I woke up the other half of the bed was cold . I reached tackling sister Sakura warm body, but only a mattress covered with coarse single touch. She certainly has had a nightmare, climbed mom went to bed. of course she would have nightmares, today is the day of the draw.” Thus began the novel.

Don’t use Google Translate for your homework, peoples! 😛 Although it is interesting to see how Prim has been turned into Sakura. ANYWAYS. Back to the task at hand.

harry potter italian harry potter uk

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (Italian edition)
Many kudos to the colour scheme on this. The purple and the white glowing Patronus are seriously working for me. It actually sort of reminds me of the new Bllomsbury editions available? (Of course I didn’t buy the whole set, be quiet.)

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Bonus: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Persian edition) …yes, I know. This is completely insane. Where to look? The weird very non-Harry 8 year old, the badly edited figures at the bottom, the scenes fading in and out of each other. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO THINK.

catcher in the rye arabic catcher in the rye uk

5. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (Arabic edition)
I always feel like classics don’t get very good covers — often it tends to be super plain. Maybe that’s because everyone has a different idea of the story so they don’t want to spoil it? But anyway, that annoys me a lot. This one is absolutely lovely, though! Asdfjkl THE ILLUSTRATION. Holden’s face. That is impressive.

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6. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (US edition) I don’t mind the UK edition, but I don’t feel like it suits the book as well as the US one does. Faces tend to be a bit naff and the UK picture doesn’t suit Frances at all! SHE DOES NOT HAVE A NOSE PIERCING EVERYONE. It makes her seem way more supposedly ‘badass’ than she is. That’s not what this book is about. *huffs* I can’t complain too much, though, since the book hasn’t even come out in the US yet haha.

throne of glass spanish Throne of Glass

7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Spanish edition) I’m a VERY big fan of minimalism and monochrome. I’ve never loved the Throne of Glass covers, to be honest, but I actually think this one is awesome! (The catchline font could be changed. But otherwise awesome.)

So that concludes my book covers! If you fancy checking some different editions out, then I find the Goodreads list of different editions extremely useful. And yes, sometimes I do browse Goodreads covers for fun. DON’T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT. 😉 A reminder: this is a scheduled posts, and I am currently away with no wifi.  But I’m very keen to discuss the merits of various book covers when I return!

which of these covers is your favourite? did I miss any out? do you have any special editions of books?