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This was a hard topic for me, mostly because I know what I like and dislike on book covers, but I've never really tried to make a list about it before. I admit, I had to rewrite this list at least two or three times before I was finally satisfied...
1. Gorgeous typography - Books like Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe immediately catch my interest with its use of lettering.
2. Series with consistent covers - I love when an author keeps their covers consistent throughout a series (Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series comes to mind)
3. Creepy covers - If it gives me chills, I will almost always want to take a closer look.
4. Pastel colors - This is just a personal preference of mine, but I am drawn like a moth to a flame if I see pastels (on anything, really!).
5. Simple - While I really enjoy fantastic, over-the-top covers, sometimes having a clean, simple cover just works better than anything else.
1. Public Displays of Affection - If it's not considered Erotica, I definitely don't want to see two people playing tonsil hockey on my book covers.
2. When the cover doesn't match the characters - This is a huge pet peeve of mine! Especially when the characters are whitewashed!
3. Most "romance" and "chick-lit" novels - These covers rarely do anything for me. The majority are either poorly done or all look the same on the shelves.
4. Covers that have nothing to do with the actual plot - How could you lie to me like that?!
5. The author's name takes up 80% of the cover - Hmm, who ever could have wrote this book? *heavy sarcasm intended*