What Makes a Good Book Title? - Favorite Book Covers and Titles


What's in a good book title or cover? What makes the reader want to pick up the book and read past the synopsis on the back? Today I'm going to be linking up with Tracey Dyck @ Adventure Awaits to share with you some of my favorite book covers and titles of all time. :) Hope you enjoy!

~ Cover Love ~

The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins


Okay, I know this is a kind of mainstream one, but I love the stark simplicity of it. It really gives me chills, and I think it communicates the dark theme of the book much better than a dramatic cover with blood and flames ever would.

The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice


I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the dramatic flare of this cover! Just looking at it makes me shiver.

Made You Up by Francisca Zappia


I love the composition and bright colors! This book has been on my TBR pile for a while, and it's the cover that first attracted me to it.

Sourcery by Terry Pratchett


I love the simple but fun design! The bright colors are really engaging :)

Merlin, Book 9: The Great Tree of Avalon by T.A. Barron


DUUUUDE LOOK AT THAT EPICNESS. I love the colors and the dramatic lighting (hmmm, I may be sensing a theme here).

Now, moving on to

~ Title Love ~

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
Shadows on the Stars by T.A. Barron
A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan
The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

So, let's chat! What are your favorite book covers and titles? What do you think makes a good cover or title? Comment below, and have an awesome day. :)

Namarië,
Ellie

19 comments:

  1. made you up has such a cool color.

    i love simple book designs and titles. eleanor & park is my favorite for both, although i ike all the bright place's cover and let's get lost as a title. i also like the perks of being a wallflower's title.

    xx

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    1. I know right?!?!
      ah, yes, that has a pretty cover. TPOBAW is a really good title, too.

      - Ellie

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  2. I love that cover of The Hunger Games too! The spine looks good on a bookshelf. :) Made You Up is really pretty...that watercolor feel is unusual. And WOW, The Great Tree of Avalon is incredible! There's something about big, epic trees...

    I hadn't heard of any of those titles except the first, but I'm quite enjoying those Terry Pratchett ones, especially A Hat Full of Sky. Thanks for linking up, Ellie! I enjoyed your post! :D

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    1. I know, right?!?! You can't go wrong with huge trees. I mean really.
      He's a master at titling :) there are about four or five others from him I really love but didn't include for the sake of author diversity. xD
      Thank you!

      - Ellie

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  3. It's pretty amazing how much of an impact a book cover can have. There are probably some amazing books out there that I never have, (and probably never will read) simply because the cover design wasn't great.
    I'm going to have to look into some of these books. :)

    ~J

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    1. I know, right? It's sad how much we really do judge a book by its cover. My school library did a really cool thing a couple of months ago called "Blind Dates with Books", where they wrapped a bunch of books up in plain brown paper so you couldn't see the covers, then wrote a couple words describing the genre (ex. action fantasy, contemporary romance, etc) on the paper, and you had to choose a book just based on the words - what the story was about - instead of the cover. I didn't get to participate, but it sounded really fun.
      Ooh you should!

      - Ellie

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    2. My library has blind dates with books going on right now! I think it's a neat concept. :)
      *scuttles out of conversation*

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  4. OOH LOVE THOSE COVERS AND TITLES. Terry Pratchett is so good at titles. I also find that MG books have really excellent and imaginative titles - much better than the one-word titles that YA seems to be a fan of (I'm not a fan). Lovely post <3

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT. Other favorites of mine are "Thief of Time", "The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents", and "Raising Steam".
      Wow, I hadn't noticed that until now - but you're definitely right!
      Thank you!

      - Ellie

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  5. Simple covers are my favorite, too! I love the Hunger Games covers, and that last one you list (Merlin) is beautiful! And A Hat Full of Sky -- what a beautiful title.

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  6. I love all of these covers! But my particular favorites are the Red Queen covers. The covers symbolize the books so well, and are gorgeous!

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    1. Oh! I think I've seen those. Does one of them have a glass crown dripping with blood on the over?

      - Ellie

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  7. Omg that one titled Merlin makes me want to run out and EAT THAT BOOK RIGHT NOW!! I LOVE IT!! I love the font and the colours and everything...hehe. I think titles/covers are definitely very important. Because they're a huge part of what sells us on a book, right?!?

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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  8. I always choose books based off cover, and sometimes cover. These are really awesome covers.

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  9. I think Queen of Tearling's cover is also awesome~ especially the special effect in the book pages~ As for title, i like A Court oF Thorns and Roses~

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    1. Ahhh that title! I want to read the book just hearing it.

      - Ellie

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