Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book That Brings Me Joy!

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “International Day of Happiness was celebrated a few days ago!! Choose a book that brings you joy“. I decided to use a book from one of my favorites New Adult series, Off-Campus, so I’m going with The Deal because this book cracked me up and just thinking about it puts a huge smile on my face :D.


Original COver:

This is the original US cover, and I have to say, for a self-published book, I really like it! Actually, I’ve become quite fond of the covers for this series. It doesn’t hurt that the guys are absolutely delicious.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

Obviously, we have no cover for Portugal, but there is a spanish edition, though I’m not sure if it serves just the Latin America or Spain as well… Either way, it it is. I don’t like it.

Favorite COVER(s):

                      

I think this book has such cute covers! The New Adult genre is full of less than stellar book covers, but these are quite good! I really like the Danish, the color and aesthetics are great. I also really like the German edition, yes, it’s a bit too summery, but it’s cute and sweet (though I’m not sure that Garrett would ever wear those pants!). And of course, the original… it just grew on me!

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                                 

I really hate the Czech cover. It feels like the original one on steroids, and that’s not good. Then we have the Spanish, that we’ve already established that it’s not a good one, right?

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book That Made Me Cry

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Crying is not always bad. Choose a book that made you ugly cry“. I’m a crier. I cry while reading. I get too emotional and do weird faces and cry, whether I’m in private or not. The book I chose didn’t make me cry too much, but it broke my heart more than many who have did. So, for this week, it will be Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.


Original COver:

I love the image they used on the cover, I’m just not 100% on title. I prefer the version that only has it once, instead of smearing all over the cover.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

                                             

Oh, look at that! The book has been translated to both portuguese and spanish :D, and I’m glad they used the original cover, though I do prefer the portuguese version to the spanish one, because the colours are a bit more toned down.

Favorite COVER(s):

                                             

Both my favorite versions are from the UK. The first is just the original with a different placement for the title and author, and I like it much better than the original version. The second one I love because it’s black and gold and reminds me of the sky…

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                     

There are some bad covers for this book, but I think that the Dutch, French and Slovak are definitly the worst… I mean, neither of these girls reminds me of Sky… nope.

Let’s Talk About: NA Covers – The Good, the Bad and the Repetitive

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Hey people. Welcome to my second discussion post of the year :D. This time I decided to talk about something that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a little while. As you might already know, I judge books by their covers – I know I shouldn’t – and I mostly buy books that have beautiful covers because I’m a sucker for them. So my problem is this: the covers of my beloved New Adult books have issues. That is, they’re mostly terrible!

There’s a certain tendency in this genre to either have a couple in the cover, with various degrees of involvement, or to simply show off a half naked men. Well, both these things can be done really great, and I’m not really opposed to a little eye-candy in my covers, but more often than not the effect is not that great.


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As I said, not ALL NA covers suck. Some are pretty amazing, even with all the troupes in regards to romantic covers you can think of. For instance, the new Hub City series has absolutely gorgeous covers, that are completely different from those usually seen in this genre. Other series that has covers that I love, even though these ones are more typical of NA, is The Second Chances series.

                     

Other series that I’ve read most of, and that has pretty typical New Adult covers, but is done well, is the Chasing the Dream series. I think that what I love most about these covers is the fact that in each of them I can actually see the couple in the book – that is, these covers FIT!

Another example of NA covers that don’t follow the “tendency” are the Colleen Hoover’s books. These covers are all gorgeous. Right?


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When a book has a bad cover, people will judge it by it – come on, I’m sure I’m not the only one! When there’s a naked guy on the cover, or a somewhat “dirty” situation, you will probably assume that of the book as well, right? I’ll give you two covers of two of my favorites NA books, and these are pretty bad and laughable covers – albeit kind of HOT!

Now, I’ll tell you this, the cover for Down and Out has absolutely nothing to do with the book, except that the guy has tattoos, and that’s about it. Why is there a half naked man on the cover? No freaking idea!

And Wallbanger?! Oh my… that’s not even what happens! I swear I went into the book thinking that he liked to nail his conquests fully dressed in the entry hall or something… turns out it’s nothing like that AT ALL! (though walls are banged!)

I could fill this with really BAD covers, but I won’t! I’ll be nice! But did you look at those two and judged the books because of it?


nacovers_3Another huge problem with NA covers is the repetitive motifs, but worse than that is the repetitive use of the same stock images. Sometimes it is done smartly enough that you almost don’t notice that the image is exactly the same. But most often than not you notice, and unless you’ve read said book or it was highly recommended you, you might as well mix up those damn covers that look exactly alike. Want some examples? (here I’ll also use YA books)

              

                                

            

            

               

                   

                

     

Sometimes it’s the same couple but with different poses… yeah… most are not good either…

  

Some of the covers above are quite good and cute, but when they all start to blur and look the same, are they really doing their job to grab our attention? My guess is no…


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I’ll be totally honest here, I would read most of these books above, some I have already, but very few I would like to own a physical cover of. New Adult covers need to stop following the same pattern. They need to be unique. I want to look at a cover and be able to identify it right away, like I can with the Colleen Hoover books, or the new Mercy Brown series. Those are good covers!

Again, I don’t mind a few naked men on the covers of my books, but do it when it makes sense. Do it tastefully. Sex sells, sure, but I guarantee you that some covers dissuade reader to buy the book instead if encouraging it.

So, what do you guys think? What do you like to see on NA covers? Does the incessant repetition of cover cloning bother you? Do you think twice before buying a book with a bad cover?