Beautiful YA Book Covers that Grace My Shelves

You know the old adage–don’t judge a book by its cover. However, I would be lying (and I’m sure many people are in the same boat as me) if I said that I have never based my reading choices off of a cover. A cover can produce an immediate negative or positive judgement–it goes both way. There have been times where I won’t even look into a book because its cover is just horrendous. I have probably missed some great stories because of this, but it is really hard to control.

A cover is the first thing you see that is associated with the story in most cases. Just like there have been times I have not bought a book because of the cover, there have also been times where the cover absolutely drew me in. When a cover catches my eye, I will read the description, and if the book sounds good I will buy it. So of course, the cover does play a big part in getting a reader to read a particular book! Here are some of my all-time favorite YA book covers–some of them are just beautiful covers in a series and others attracted me to read the book in the first place!

While gathering my favorite covers, I have noticed some traits that I tend to like in book covers.

  1. Awesome Fonts (I loveeee cute fonts with contemporary books!)
  2. Covers that MAKE SENSE with the story (see: REBEL BELLE)
  3. Ombre mixed colors (especially if it is blue/purple)
  4. Really neat patterns and detailing (see: Far From the Tree, Aristotle/Dante)

Far from the Tree  Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3) The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

The Heir (The Selection, #4) Made You Up  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)


Do “judge” books by their covers? What are some of your favorite covers? Do you have any traits that stand out in your favorites?

4 thoughts on “Beautiful YA Book Covers that Grace My Shelves”

  1. I don’t judge books by their cover, but I’m definitely drawn in by a beautiful cover. If I see a stunning book, I’ll always read the blurb to see if it’s something I’d be interested in. I love blue and purple ombre too – The Bone Witch is one of my favorites. I also really like flowers on covers like Wild Beauty and Tyler Johnson Was Here. The Selection books have really pretty covers too!

  2. Oh gosh these are so pretty! I try not to judge books for their cover since I know the author doesn’t have any part if it, but I’m more likely to buy a physical copy for myself and enjoy reading it instead of the library/ebook. Some particularly memorable covers I’ve seen recently are Wild Beauty, Release and Autoboyography!

    1. I tend to be the same way–I buy physical copies of beautiful books and ebooks of others. I do wish that authors had more of a say with their covers. It’s their story, they know a good way to represent it. Wild Beauty is a stunning cover! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Great picks! I’m always drawn to pretty covers as well, even though I probably shouldn’t. xD I completely agree with you on the pretty fonts, ombre colors and prints!

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