One thing I’m always eager to talk about is upcoming books. The second thing book adjacent I love to discuss is pretty cover art! This is why topics new book video topic, 2021 Book Cover Art I’m Anticipating, is so perfect that I’m doubling up and carrying this over to the website.
So, in said video (which is now being published on Rumble, at least for now), I talk about a few of the upcoming releases that I’m anticipated. Only this time, it’s not by synopsis. At least not by that alone. No, this time I’m picking the books I’m excited for by their cover art, and sometimes maybe the plot as well. What this means is, I don’t know that these will be “me books” because it’s the cover art that first catches my eye.
With that in mind, today we’re gushing over some cover art that makes me excited and possibly curious to read. Also worth noting is that I’ll discuss different releases below than I did in today’s video, so there’s more of a broader range of books! Let’s get to listing.
*and yes, I realize these are all illustrated; what can I say, the trend for this is STRONG!
2021 BOOKS COVER ART I’M ANTICIPATING
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1: Prom Theory, Ann LaBar (March)
I don’t think this, judging by the story, will be a “me” kind of read. I mean, sure it does sound all kinds of cute, but it just doesn’t seem like one I’d love, or at least not enough to buy. (This is true since I’m going to try and cut back on auto-buying in 2021. But that’s a topic for another day.) Still, this cover art is super cute and I love that it plays on the plot (which is about two kids with science backgrounds) with the beaker. Bookshop.org | Goodreads
2: Kisses and Croissants, Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau (April)
This one is so fun! Plus, I do think the story sounds cute, too. It features a scooter type vehicle that’s shadow represents the Eiffel Tower which is significant since this YA rom-com takes place in Paris. Bookshop.org | Goodreads
3: Talk Bookish to Me, Kate Bromley (May)
This is an adult novel, and therefore probably not one I’d love, but the concept is all kinds of cute! I love that the heroine is a novelist AND bookstagrammer. Sounds like a perfect for-this-time pop culture story; and of course, I’m a softie for a good bookish cover design, which this one has in spades. Add in the fun yellow background and this cover design is WAY fun. Bookshop.org | Goodreads
4: From Little Tokyo, With Love, Sarah Kuhn (May)
The next novel after Sarah’s I Love You So Mochi, her 2019 novel is one I fully did intend to read, only to, well, not read. This one has a fairy tale premise (YES, please!) and I love the title which is what perhaps first captured my attention. The cover is cute, but perhaps not my favorite of this bunch. Bookshop.org | Goodreads
5: The Road Trip, Beth O’Leary (June)
I haven’t read a single title by Beth just yet, but have heard her novels are good. Needless to say at some point I need to remedy this. If I end up liking them, I’ll need to add The Road Trip to my list which will hopefully be a fun read. The cover for this one is – as per usual, illustrated – fun with its hate-to-love (which it conveys well) exes message and the bright colors suit the genre well. Bookshop.org | Goodreads
6: The Layover, Lacie Waldon (June)
Again, it’s doubtful this will be a me book because its secular adult and I have a strong hate (but want to love) relationship with the genre on the whole. That said, I included this one because of its bright tropical flair! How lovely (and really, detailed?) is this cover. It’s well suited to the novel, and perhaps if I do give it a chance, I’d be surprised. Bookshop.org | Goodreads
That’s a wrap on my 2021 Book Cover Art I’m Anticipating! What about you; how do you find or pick out the books you’re anticipating? Do you judge cover art or by synopsis alone? What are your thoughts on pretty cover art? Comment all of your thoughts below!
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