Top 10 Tuesday

T10T: Frequently Used Cover Designs in YA

April 24, 2018


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s prompt was actually to pick “Frequently Used Words In [Insert Genre/Age Group] Titles”, but, well… you guys surely know by now how much I love changing things up a bit, so I decided to go with frequently used cover designs!

NOTE: For the record, I’m not making fun of these books or their covers (I happen to like a lot of them!), nor am I calling them “over” used… I just thought it was neat that some of these pop up so much on my shelves or on Goodreads!

1. Girls with Weapons


2. Close-Ups of Girls’ Body Parts


3. Close-Ups of Girls’ Faces


4. Food


5. Flowers


6. Bursts/Splashes of Colors On White Backgrounds


7. Dragons


8. Ravens and/or Crows


9. Weapons (by themselves)


10. Silhouettes


Is there any particular “theme” that you feel like you see repeated a lot in your personal library?


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  • Reply Anne@Headfullofbooks April 24, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Wow. You really did your homework this week! You have had to do a lot of looking around! My TTT

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:23 am

      Haha thank you, Anne! I will say, this was definitely one of the more time-consuming TTTs I’ve done!

  • Reply abookandacup April 24, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Wow I love how you interpreted this week prompt! It’s so cool!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 12:24 am

      Aww, thank you! ♥ Sometimes I worry that people will think it’s silly when I change it up but I like making it my own!

  • Reply ChrissiReads April 24, 2018 at 12:28 am

    I loved looking at your covers this week. It’s amazing how similar some can be!

  • Reply Jana ? (@ArtsyReaderGirl) April 24, 2018 at 12:35 am

    BAH. I LOVE this topic! Can I use it as inspiration for a future TTT (I’d credit you, of course)? I’d love to see the creativity people come up with!

  • Reply fictionologyst April 24, 2018 at 1:05 am

    I love how you change thing up a bit. This is wonderful post!

  • Reply Books tales by me April 24, 2018 at 1:11 am

    You cover all the titles 😀

  • Reply Tamika @paperback & flick chick April 24, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Wow this is crazy and something I never really took notice of before! I love the covers with girls with weapons, food and splashes of colour. 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 24, 2018 at 1:19 am

      Yeah, I hadn’t realized how prevalent some of the themes were until I made the post! The food ones and the girls with weapons ones were my favorites. 🙂

  • Reply aravenclawlibrary April 24, 2018 at 1:31 am

    I love simplictistic covers. I love it when the font is the focal point with a white or black background. The photographer in me also loves covers where it’s a photograph.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Those are lovely! ♥ I didn’t know you were a photographer! That’s so cool!

      • Reply aravenclawlibrary April 30, 2018 at 2:08 am

        Thank you! I have debating about sharing some of my work for a while now but I get so nervous and second guess myself. I do have a photography facebook page if you want to look at it. I can DM you if you want! No worries if you don’t though! lol.

  • Reply Annemieke April 24, 2018 at 2:16 am

    I love this idea.It is interesting to see that it is so often girls faces and body parts that make the covers. Rarely are they guys.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Right! And when it is a guy, it’s typically either a really “cool” looking scene (like the Percy covers, where it’s all action and monsters and such), or it’s a harlequin romance type cover with a shirtless guy.

  • Reply Norrie April 24, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Love this list!
    Such beautiful colours!
    I think i love the colour splashes the most <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      Thank you, Norrie! ♥ I love the color splashes, too – they’re so fun and they photograph so well for bookstagram haha!

  • Reply Jazmin Jade April 24, 2018 at 6:58 am

    I love your twist on the list topic! I am always drawn to a cover with a girl with a weapon and flowers are very attractive as well. Books with faces can be so ugly though haha

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      Thank you so much! ♥ The girls with weapons and the flowery ones always pull me in, too – but I also agree about the zoomed-in face covers, haha. One that comes to mind for me is actually The Uglies – I hated the original cover for that book! I like the new white one with the person under the sheet or whatever, though. It’s kinda creepy in a good way, haha.

  • Reply Tammy April 24, 2018 at 9:26 am

    This was a great idea! It’s interesting, I usually shy away from covers with weapons on them (so overdone!) But I don’t mind it when I see GIRLS with weapons, lol.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      Thank you! Haha yes, something about it being a cool model or artwork of a badass chick holding a weapon honestly makes it way more interesting than just a zoomed-in artwork of a sword or something.

  • Reply Aymee (@asphaltcowgrrl) April 24, 2018 at 10:44 am

    I like how you changed up the theme! But I agree – I often mistake one book for another because so many covers are the same/similar now.
    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess April 24, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Ooh I love your take 🙂
    Food on covers makes me huuuungry.
    Cora |

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you! Haha yess, me too – especially the Tell Me Three Things one. It ALWAYS makes me want waffles!

  • Reply iloveheartlandx April 24, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Ooh I love your take on this topic! I definitely have a lot of weapon covers in my personal library. I’m not so keen on the girl’s faces/faces in general but I’m sure I have a few of those as well.
    My TTT:

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you so much! I like the ones with a whole cover model, but I’m not very big on the zoomed-in faces. Every now and then, if I really dislike a cover, I’ll buy it on my kindle (even if it’s the same cost as the physical one) just to avoid having it on my shelf, lol!

      • Reply iloveheartlandx May 1, 2018 at 10:19 am

        Oh I totally get that-I mean why buy a physical copy when it will just ruin your shelf aesthetic?

  • Reply S.E. White April 24, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    I am all for these badass ladies with their weapons! Happy that’s a trend now. Also the food. Food is the best. You found so many gorgeous covers! Sigh.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Yessss, me too! It’s such a cool cover – especially when executed well. A recent one that I love (and wish I’d thought to add) is Dread Nation – I love the picture of her holding her sickle! Aww, thank you! ♥

  • Reply Laura Beth April 24, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I love this post! Wow!!

  • Reply Gabby April 24, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    This is a great take on the topic (and a great list!)

  • Reply amyriadofbooks April 24, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Girls with weapons! YES!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Right?! I’m always here for strong, butt-kicking ladies who know how to wield a sword (or sickle, or daggers, or crossbow, or… you get the point lol)

  • Reply Kay Wisteria April 24, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    I love how you did this one! Also I definitely have NO PROBLEM with food on the cover haha

  • Reply kozbisa April 24, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Food on covers is always a good thing. XD

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      Bahaha I agree, especially yummy foods! There’s one book – I can’t recall the name of it right now – but its cover has strawberries dipped in gold, and every time I see it, it makes me sooo hungry for berries, lol!

  • Reply Flavia April 24, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    These are good ones! Great post 😀

  • Reply anovelglimpse April 24, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Nice choice! I love it. So different today.

  • Reply emmareadstoomuch April 25, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    the color splash ones/bright patterns lately are insane!! i swear every cover is like a pretty pattern with that one calligraphy font. can’t tell books apart for sh*t

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      Lmaoooo, WORD though. I feel like this a lot, too – it took me a YEAR to be able to remember the difference between I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sun is Also a Star, between the “sun” titles and the color splashes.

  • Reply flippingthruthepages April 27, 2018 at 12:10 am

    I missed this week’s topic 🙁 I had no time to write a post. But I loved what you did here 🙂 I totally agree with you on all of the above categories. We are often seen the repetitions on YA covers.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Oh, no! I always try to do my T10T posts the weekend before just so I don’t miss them, because I feel like Mondays are such busy days for me! I hope you’re able to next week so I can read your post hehe! ♥ And thank you!

  • Reply Jenna @ Falling Letters April 29, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    These are something interesting themes that I probably wouldn’t have picked up on! I like seeing all the covers together… My first thought when I read this topic was something like “books with big bold metallic fonts”, kind of like on the cover for Now I Rise (see also: Walk on Earth a Stranger, The Star-Touched Queen).

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 29, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      Thank you, Jenna! 😀 I’m not sure what made me notice it but I think it was when I had a bookstagram prompt to show off covers with birds on them, and I realized I had, like, EIGHT books with crows and ravens on them! So then I started paying attention to my shelves more and noticed it – it’s so weird! Yes, I do see a lot of bold metallic fonts lately – which is funny, because I’m such a sucker for that stylistic choice? I’m not sure why, but I really love how it “pops”!

  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall April 30, 2018 at 12:53 am

    I couldn’t agree more with all these choices! Especially the close ups of girls’ body parts and faces! <3

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