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May 3rd: Favorite SFF Cover Art *Booktube SFF Awards Crossover Topic*
— “Show off some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy cover art!”
This week’s topic is “favourite sci-fi and fantasy cover art”. This was actually a really difficult topic for me, and made me realise how little I think about book covers. I don’t really have much of an eye for visual art, so while covers often catch my eye, I’m not really sure what makes an “attractive” or “pretty” book cover. I also find it really hard to separate the content from the appearance of the book, so it was a real struggle to choose books that specifically looked good, instead of choosing the sci-fi and fantasy books I love the most. Here’s what I came up with.
The Mad Ship (The Liveship Traders #2) by Robin Hobb
This is one of my all-time favourite books. There’s something about the way Amber and Paragon look on this cover feels really atmospheric and reminds me of how much I loved this series.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers
Though I’m yet to read this book, the cover was a factor in my decision to buy it. I love the way this cover looks, from the layout of the text, to the romantic starry sky.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Another book I haven’t read yet, I really like the way Uprooted looks on my shelf. I like the simplicity of the cover art, and there’s definitely a fairytale-feeling about it.
The Golden Fool (The Tawny Man #2) by Robin Hobb
I couldn’t help myself: I had to choose another book by Robin Hobb, this one, for a different reason. In this cover, I love the typography, and vibrant red colouring.
Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I love the design and colour of this cover. It’s just so blue. I also really like the art inside of this book.
Because this has been such a short blog post, I thought I would throw in some honorable mentions. A Natural History of Dragons, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Martian have easily some of the best covers I’ve seen, but sadly, since I don’t actually own a copy of these (yet), it just didn’t feel right to choose them for this week’s top five.
What are your favourite sci-fi and fantasy book covers?