ANYWHO. You can check out the original link-up post on Tracey's blog, here. Tracey has kindly left it open until March 5 so that latecomers like myself can enjoy her idea! :) (Speaking of which…PEOPLES IT'S MARCH!!!! I am so flippin' excited, you don't even know. Or maybe you do, if you've got spring fever like me.)
For this edition of the link-up, we're supposed to rave about all the scrumptious covers and exciting titles we love. So here I am!
First of all, about half of these books I haven't read yet, so I can't vouch for their content. As to the ones I have read, some of them I endorse and some I don't, okie-day? ;) I've also forced myself to limit my choices in each category to one per author, if that makes sense. Oh, and I'm one of those people who likes movie covers for books, even though I've only included one in this list. (Sometimes. For some reason, I don't like them for Jane Austen novels. Isn't that weird?)
Enough ado! Here we go, a by-no-means-comprehensive smattering of lovely books.
~ Covers ~
|Fairest by Gail Carson Levine|
I love this cover. Like a whole lot. I love the ingenuity of hiding the face behind the mirror, and the Renaissance-y tapestry behind her, and how I can never decide whether the black behind her neck/back is part of the tapestry, or her hair with things in it.
|Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson|
This one might not look like so much on the computer screen, but in person it's awesome. The colors are vivid, and it's just so homesteader and wholesome and perfectly fits the story. And it provides the inspiration for what Hattie looks like ;)
|Brave Enough by Nicole Unice|
Again, this looks rather barebones. But that's because you can't see the back, and the picture is a bit faded, so you can't see how she incorporated the beautiful sea-foam color into the font and the arrow and the stuff on the back. A bit simpler than I normally like, but beauteous.
|Illusionarium by Heather Dixon|
I've never read this, but after seeing it on three different answer lists for this link-up, I think I'll have to fix that. (Apparently the story is as good as the cover.) This one is a wee bit dark for my taste, but other than that, 'tis gorgeous. I mean…I don't even know what else to say.
|Dragon's Breath by E. D. Baker|
I haven't seen this book in years, but I remember positively loving the cover. It just takes you back to childhood, don't it? :D The color scheme is cheerful and cohesive, and I like the sidebar details. Plus, if you haven't noticed, that dragon is danged adorable.
|Storming by K. M. Weiland|
This cover really appeals to me, and I don't even know why xD
|Victoria: The Royal Diaries Series by Anna Kirwan|
I was originally going to include the cover for the Marie Antoinette diary, but then I noticed the one for Victoria. Isn't it pwetty? So soft and relaxed. I love the gentle light streaming in at the window, and the muted cream of her dress, and the dog sitting next to her.
|Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas|
This one is so country (in a good way). It just makes you feel okay inside. The peaches in the apron look like Southern hospitality and warm, sunny, leafy days.
|Out of the Silent Plant by C. S. Lewis|
For some reason, this cover makes me really peaceful, relaxed, and happy. Maybe because it's so fantasy--it looks like another world (which it is, if you haven't read the book). The color of the water makes me feel adventurous and settled all at once. I can't really explain what this cover does to me, because I don't really understand it myself. It just quietly exhilarates me for some reason.
|The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien|
Sheeeeeeeeesh, it's so beautiful. Just…yes. Her billowing sleeves, her expression, the clouds, the color scheme…seeing as it's my least favorite of the trilogy, this cover is one of my favorites I've ever seen for LotR.
|Daughter of Venice by Donna Jo Napoli|
It's just so Venice, y'know? I love her dress, I love her hair, I love that there are gondolas...
|Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie|
GAAAAHH. Guys, this picture does this cover no justice whatsoever. I just--oh my. Where do I even start?! I saw this at a bookstore once, promptly shrieked a little, and persuaded my mom to buy it for me in advance of Christmas. Okay, okay, SO: it's got the title all nice and big (IN SILVER SPARKLES), and then--and then--it has quotes from the book embossed around its impossibly beautiful faux leather cover. And y'all I can't. Just wow.
|The Traitor's Wife by Allison Pataki|
Can't. Can't. The sheer epicness, people! I mean…whew. Can I just make it clear that this cover is amazing? The font is perfect, the dress is perfect, the flag is perfect, the backdrop is perfect…aaaahhh.
~ Titles ~
Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In My Father's House by Ann Rinaldi
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
Dandelion Summer by Lisa Wingate
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Mossflower by Brian Jacques
Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Catching Moondrops by Jennifer Erin Valent
I like titles that "reference" other books (no duh there), like In My Father's House or Vanity Fair. I also like the whimsical titles that sweep me off on childhood adventures and hours happily spent, like Mossflower and The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. And then I like the ones that just roll off the tongue, like Tuck Everlasting :)
There you have it! Okay. I'm going.