Thursday, May 12, 2016

Armchair BEA 2016: Aesthetic Concerns - Books & Blogs

Today is the second day of Armchair BEA 2016! Yay!

Today's topic is:

Aesthetic Concerns - Books & Blogs

The Books: How often do you judge a book by its cover? How often are you surprised by what you find? Do you strategize and make sure every book in your series has the same cover design (as far as you are able to) and type? How important is it for the visual art on the outside of the book to match or coordinate with the literature art on the inside?

I try not to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it is hard. The cover is usually the first thing that pulls me to further look at a book. (Especially if it is a new-to-me author and/or a title I do not notice).
I do like my favorite series to have the same cover design. For example I was very happy when I found that the publisher was keeping the original design for the hardcover of The Winner's Kiss, so all my hardbacks have the same cover design. Though I do like the new covers for the series too.
I feel like I am not too picky when it comes to the visual art having to match the literature. I do love that feeling though when you make the connection when reading the story when the cover just makes complete sense with the story.

The Blog: As a book blogger, in whatever form that takes, branding is important. Your colors, your fonts, your style of review, all of these things come together to make the "brand" of your blog - something that makes your reviews and posts and websites, all your various content, immediately recognizable to the people looking for you. What do you do to create a brand on your site? Do you think about these things? 

I guess I haven't really thought much about branding. I chose colors that I like that work together for my banner and background. And I feel like I am changing my fonts a lot. I am still trying to figure things out and decide how I like things. Sorry I don't have a better answer for this question. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog for day 2 of Armchair BEA. 


  1. I think finding that "perfect" layout for the blog is just an ongoing process and you end up learning a lot about what message you want to send while working on it. I was so excited when the publishers decided to give us the red dress cover for the Winner's Kiss. I was so upset, and was so close to purchasing the UK edition just so I could have a little consistency. I love that series so much and I really wanted them to match.

    1. I agree.
      And yes, I was really bummed when it seemed like we weren't going to get the red dress cover. So glad that it worked out and our books match!
      Thanks for stopping by!


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