Top Ten Tuesday: Books with People on the Cover

This week’s Top Ten Tuesaday prompt is Book Cover Freebie (choose what kind(s) of covers you want to talk about: prettiest, most unique, most misleading, weirdest, most memorable, creepiest, ugliest, etc.). I usually hate when books have faces/people on the cover. I want to imagine the characters based on the descriptions in the book, not what somebody decide to slap on the cover. But there are, as always, exceptions to this. Here are ten books with people on the cover that I actually like.

An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir

I absolutely love the new covers for this series. They are so much more memorable and vivid, and I love the colors. I can’t wait to see which color they choose for book four!

Aurora Cycle by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Okay, but these covers are gorgeous and I’m so excited my space elf boy is on book two!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han

These covers are so bright and lovely with the pastel colors. I’m also glad for the Asian representation before the movie covers came out.

Dread Nation duology by Justina Ireland

Jane looks like a complete badass in these photos, especially with those bloody weapons. I love the flag in the background and time period clothes that give just enough hint of what these books are all about.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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I don’t know who the artist for these types of covers are, but I love their work. The illustration isn’t cheesy or cartoon-ish, but stunning. I love all the details too.

Montague Siblings series by Mackenzi Lee

These covers are so great and fun. They fit the books perfectly.

Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

These were probably the first books I liked with people on the cover. I adore the original illustrations and loathe the newer versions with actual people on the cover, though.

Once Upon a Con series by Ashley Poston

Even though the faces of the people aren’t detailed, I’m still counting these. I love that they are both simple in the design but incorporate a lot of intricate details from the book on the covers.

Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

These books were somewhat weird with the covers since they’re so zoomed into the faces (hello, eyeballs! hello, lips! hello, nostrils!), but the subtle details that show each version of “people” (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras) are so cool!

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie and The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning

Like Sorcery of Thorns, the covers for these upcoming books are absolutely gorgeous. I don’t mind that they feature people and faces because they are so well designed. I’m totally on board for this kind of cover design.

What book covers with people or faces do you like? Don’t forget to join the link-up!

20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books with People on the Cover

  1. Ahhh, I so agree with you on all of it. xD I don’t even know WHY I hate people on the cover of books, but I really, really do. Except, you know, these and similar covers? Maybe it’s the art style? I don’t know. I LOVE the Aurora Rising/Burning covers, though, especially, and also The Princess Will Save You. Also, SO MUCH YES to the Dread Nation/Deathless Divide covers. I’m so in love with those.

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    • I definitely think the art style has something to do with it. Maybe they’re too pretty not go like? Or they are just enough illustration instead of realistic that it’s not weird?

      But the Dread Nation covers have realistic people (actual models they dressed up to photograph) and I’m cool with those. Maybe because they are awesome and not cheesy early 2000s covers. XD

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      • That’s also true, and I love those covers. I think it’s the projection, though. It’s not, like, a giant face staring at me. But the main characters look freaking FIERCE and awesome, and it just makes me want to learn about these people, rather than creeping me out by being watched by a giant face haha. I don’t know. There’s no rhyme or reason here for me, I guess.

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      • Ooh yeah! That’s a good point. Up close faces are weird and anything that looks like it was photographed in the early 2000s is just bad.

        Fierce looking characters on covers are okay!

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    • Interesting! The only other editions I’ve seen are the ones with actual people on the covers (those are newer, I think) and the wood carving covers they made for the first three books (which are gorgeous).

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    • Movie post tie-ins are the worst! I don’t know why either. Maybe they just look cheesy on a book? Or maybe because a lot of movie adaptations are bad? XD

      I don’t even like the movie poster tie-in for The Hunger Games, which is really just the movie version Mockingjay symbol on fire. It just isn’t the original cover.

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      • The only thing that I can think of is that the marketing for movies and books is different, and so the emphasis for movie posters and book covers is on different things. But yeah – the Hunger Games movie versions aren’t that bad, but they’re still not as good as the original covers. (Yet I wouldn’t want the original book covers to be the art on the movie posters, either.)

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