10 Book Cover Changes That I Loved and Hated

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

I love to collect books. The best times are when you find a hidden gem of a book with the perfect cover and you just have to face the cover out on the shelf for all to see. It's nice to look at. Except when the book series you're collecting changes its covers halfway through and now your book series doesn't match. Does anyone else hate that?

I love and hate cover changes. Sometimes it's for the better: maybe the newer covers are so much better than the old covers. And sometimes, it just doesn't make sense. Like, why change a perfect cover to begin with? Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: 10 Book Cover Changes That I Loved and Hated:

Royals by Rachel Hawkins: Not only did readers get a cover redesign, but we also got a title change. I do prefer the new cover over the older one. The original cover for Royals gives off old-school Princess Diaries vibes, whereas Prince Charming looks like those trendy new romance covers. I just think it's super cute.

Nina LaCour's books: Almost every single book of Nina LaCour's is getting a reboot to look more like her recent book, We Are Okay. And I'm okay with that. Her older books do look a bit dated. But with the new covers, the colors truly pop on the shelf.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: Is the cover trend of girls in dresses behind us? Because... please, no. I think the wardrobe these cover designers get for these models are sometimes so gorgeous. As much as the new cover has a much more intricate crossbow than the older version has, I like the atmosphere from the older cover better. (Though, the new covers, being all one color each, help readers win at their rainbow shelves.)

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: I don't mind the new covers. Actually, the art is absolutely stunning on the new books. I'm just sad that I own the first two with the older series. Here comes decision time: do I repurchase the first two in the new covers or just ignore that they don't match the rest?

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh: I'm so happy publishers are diversifying YA book covers. Young adults seeing themselves represented on covers is important and it's great that they made the change. And I can't even choose; I like both covers.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I'm indifferent about the new covers. I own the older covers and I think they're delightfully awkward. Sure, the a big title covers are trendy and definitely catch readers' eyes more.

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski: I'm still mad that they changed these. Well, it's like I mentioned before: I like the cover trend of girls in pretty dresses. And in The Winner's Curse, Kestrel is the queen of kicking butt, all while wearing a dress.

The Diviners by Libba Bray: Was anyone so lucky as to get a copy of the original hardcover? Because it is gorgeous! I received an ARC of it before it released. But that hardcover is so pretty: with an engraved naked cover, and beautiful end pages. I wonder why the publishers changed it-- and keep changing the covers.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: As much as it saddens me when I have to replace the older cover with the newer cover, this series definitely needed a different cover. Though I do miss the sparkles the old cover had. It was shiny.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: I love the new covers. The original covers are fine but they're not very colorful. I own the paperback new covers and the only problem I have with them is that the cover doesn't cover the entire book, it's a floppy soft cover that opens to a color piece of paper (since it features the cut-out of a deer). Not my favorite thing. However, the hardcovers are embossed and shiny.

Which covers are your favorites?

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  1. Very cool side by side comparisons! I loved the classic reboots that happen from time to time to get young people reading. They did Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights a few years back and I loved those.

  2. I thought it was odd they put the flap or step-back on the paperback of these books, you usually only see that with mass market paperback. They are nothing compared to the hardcovers, with their bold color patterns

  3. I almost added Grave Mercy to my list. The new covers are so much better. Shatter Me, The Diviners, Shadow and Bone and The Winner's curse made my list too. I totally agree with you!

  4. Yeah, the new cover for Shadow and Bone really pops out! They did a wonderful job with it.

    My TTT.

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