Pretty as a Picture: Some of the Still Popular Cover Design Trends

September 14, 2020 Rissi JC 18 Comments

Anyone who’s been around here for any length of time (and if so, thank you) will know I’m something of a cover snob. Talking about pretty cover design is forever and always a fun topic for me, and so, on this Monday, we again revisit said subject. Because, why not? Specifically, we are set to look at some covers of books published five or more years ago that still seem relevant or are the “still trending cover design” (sort of)! Without further ado let’s look at cover design that’s still trendy.

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For this curated selection, I perused only my bookshelves. Sure, there are likely plenty of other titles that might fit as well, but it seems better to keep it contained (in part) by limiting where I can browse.* So, this is what I did! With those limitations in place, let’s set out to see which books I can find.

*plus this allows me to feature some novels I never do!


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1: The Widow of Larkspur Inn, Lawana Blackwell

Over the years, I don’t think the historical fiction genre has changed a great deal. Many of the “looks” remain the same, although I will admit, in the case of this series, the books I own are with re-designed covers. Amazon | Goodreads

2: The Selection, Kiera Cass

I mean, I feel like for this genre and its story, these covers are kind of iconic. I also think, that while trends in the genre have (or are changing?) changed, the whole girl-in-a-pretty-dress is still cool. Amazon | Goodreads

3: Scoop, Rene Gutterridge

These covers do have some sense of being “dated,” perhaps in the title text, but replace this and they still have some relevancy given the whole silhouette thing which plays into the illustrated look that is popular today. Amazon | Goodreads

4: Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins

Again, another series (‘Anna,’ Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After) that underwent a re-do, but still. This one seems kind of “timeless” in a way sure to stand the test of design trend changes. Amazon | Goodreads

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5: A Girl Named Digit, Annabel Monaghan

Again, this one, to me, still seems very “in.” It’s got that silhouette look that doubles with the illustrated design trend. Somehow this just doesn’t look like a book that published (as a re-model) in 2013. Amazon | Goodreads

6: Finding Paris, Joy Premble

This one, I think, is just five years old, which is perhaps why its design is still very much current. Sometimes covers only a year or better old outdate themselves, so anytime they can hold us is a pro. Amazon | Goodreads

7: Dear Mr. Knightley, Katherine Reay

This is one of those novels I think, and hope, will be timeless. It’s just lovely. Amazon | Goodreads

8: Jennifer E. Smith [Novels]

I loved Jennifer’s silhouette novels. Sadly, now her books have changed, but these (like The Geography of You and Me or The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight) all still look very “with it.” Goodreads

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9: A Distant Melody, Sarah Sundin

Another historical fiction novel, plus who doesn’t love the chance to feature a novel by the talents of Sarah Sundin? Amazon | Goodreads

10: Paper Moon, Linda Windsor

Oh, look! More silhouettes! Like I said, this still looks the part of the cover design of today trendy. Amazon | Goodreads  

What about you? Do you have any books on your shelf that still look or seem relevant to today’s popular cover design? Are any still “trendy”? What are the still trending cover design looks you like? Tell me all about your favorite types of cover design or any cover love comments.


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  • Greg September 14, 2020 at 11:07 PM

    I love so many of the current cover trends! I do seem to like a lot of the silhouette type covers, I’ve noticed. I had never even thought of that before, but now that I think about it… :)

    • Rissi September 14, 2020 at 11:32 PM

      Despite this being a kind of I-don’t-know-what-to-post (even though I always like cover art), it was fun to look back and try to find “trends” or looks that still seem relevant today. :) Thanks for the visit.

  • Mareli @ Elza Reads September 15, 2020 at 12:13 AM

    This was an interesting perspective with some great covers. I like the timeless covers used for the WWII books. It draws me in immediately.

    Happy TTT and here’s my Ten books to proof the world does revolve around me

  • Brooke Lorren September 15, 2020 at 3:22 AM

    These covers definitely don’t look old and outdated. I have to agree with you about The Selection – you can’t beat putting a girl in a pretty dress on the cover. Who doesn’t love a gorgeous dress!

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  • Tracey @PrintedWords& September 15, 2020 at 4:57 AM

    These covers are such a big throwback, what a great list!

  • Paula Shreckhise September 15, 2020 at 8:04 AM

    The first three authors that popped into my mind were: Amanda Dykes, Roseanna White and Nicole Deese. Now spectacular is Jaime Jo Wright and Joanna Politano. Just thought of another one or two. These covers work together: Elizabeth Camden newest trilogy. And Terri Blackstock’s If I Run series! They make a picture when they are side by side!

  • Lydia September 15, 2020 at 8:21 AM

    Paper Moon has such a pretty cover.

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  • Kait Plus Books September 15, 2020 at 9:21 AM

    Yes! I love covers that are timeless! (and also ohmygod I LOVED the girl in a dress cover free for all, so thanks for featuring The Selection and reminding me of that!)
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday!
    Happy reading! :)

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  • Brittaney B September 15, 2020 at 9:43 AM

    Oh man, do I miss Linda Windsor’s stories. Also, I really enjoyed Gutteridge’s Scoop series, but liked her Boo series even more. I remember laughing so hard over all the quirky personalities.

  • Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse September 15, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Very interesting spin on this topic! I love it!

  • Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense September 15, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    I am also kind of partial to girl in a pretty dress, especially as we see more authors of color being published. I would really like to see more girls of color in pretty dresses on book covers.

  • Poinsettia September 15, 2020 at 11:23 AM

    I love historical fiction covers too. I don’t think I’ll ever tired of the girl in pretty dress design either. Nice list! Here is my Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  • Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog) September 15, 2020 at 3:16 PM

    Oooh! I love these covers! Great picks!

  • Angela September 15, 2020 at 6:09 PM

    I’ve always loved that cover of The Selection – I can’t resist a pretty dress!

  • Aj @ Read All The Things! September 15, 2020 at 6:12 PM

    Cool spin on the topic! I have a lot of covers with nature photos or illustrations on them. I think those will always be popular.

  • Cheryl Cecelia Malandrinos September 15, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    I love all these covers. My daughters were definitely drawn to the Selection series because of the cover art.

    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog today.

  • Dedra @ A Book Wanderer September 16, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    I’ve always loved that Anna and the French Kiss cover. It’s the one I own, too. It is classically pretty. :)

  • Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads September 20, 2020 at 7:22 AM

    I love your take on the topic! I do enjoy the Anna and the French Kiss cover, as well as the Finding Paris one. I also love the Jennifer E. Smith covers with the silhouettes!

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