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Beautiful Books - May 2014 edition


I have a new feature to share with you! Every month, I will be rounding up some of my favourite book cover art from the month's new releases. As a designer during out-of-blog-hours, I love cover reveals and Q&A's with the artists! It's a bit of a dream job of mine to one day become a book cover designer, so I'm considering this good source for inspiration too ;)

Here are my favourites from May 2014.


Kicking things off is this lush cover for After The End by Amy Plum.
I think it's the clouds and the sand merging textures that make this cover so brilliant for me, teamed with the bright burst of yellow in the gloom. I love it, and it really gives a feel for the apocalyptic story line.


The Bees by Laline Paull has such a gorgeous retro vibe to it. It's very different to the swirly typography covers I'm seeing a lot of at the moment, and it stands out because of it.
It also reminds me of one of my favourite iconic covers from The Silence Of The Lambs with the queen bee at the top there!


Keeping with a retro feel, this Patrick Ness title achieves such depth in its simplicity.
I love the colours used. More Than This definitely caught my eyes when I walked into the book shop the other day!


The cover for Guy In Real Life by Steve Bresenoff is just so adorable! (And retro, again. Bit of a trend starting?!) I love it because the hearts remind me of playing Zelda, but also because I'm a massive fan of usng white space well. This cover does it :)


Everything Leads To You by Nina Lacour has one of the most "pretty" covers I've seen in a long time. There isn't anything I don't like about it - great colours, great font, great photo.


Ok, so I consider this one a bit of a wildcard choice. Darkworld by Cara Lynn Shultz has one of those "could be cheesy"/"could just fit" kind of covers, and to be honest, I haven't read it to completely make up my mind yet. But, despite the weird merging-ness (does the girl really need to be on the cover?!) I find myself drawn in by it. So it must be good  ;)

What have been your favoruite book covers for May?



 

6 comments

  1. Emily Bradley-Dorman30 May 2014 at 09:02

    I LOVE this feature :) I'm not sure i've it's just a designer thing, but I get a little obsessed with the overs too... I also spend ages picking out all the affects they've used... although I think that might just be me ;)

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  2. I totally know what you mean :D I admit, I even spend time feeling covers because I LOVE the shiny-to-matte effect some of them use haha! x

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  3. Emily Bradley-Dorman30 May 2014 at 09:16

    ha! Well at least I'm not the only one ;) x

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  4. Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby5 June 2014 at 11:21

    YES TO THE BEES! It's currently on display at my library and every single time I walk past I just want to grab it. More Than This definitely gives me the same feelings - most likely because grey & yellow are two of my favorite colors!

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  5. I just love it! It's so different to anything else right now :) x

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  6. So glad I'm not the only person who strokes book covers!! I love the cover of the latest Stephen King - it's raining on the front! They've used a really cool matte/shiny effect, looks and feels great :)

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