Are You Drawn To Certain Cover Colors?

September 26, 2015 Discussions 8

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There have been a lot of discussions lately about what we like to see (or don’t like to see!) on book covers. As I was looking at my many bookcases, I realized that certain colors are in the vast majority.

I have a lot of books that have black as the main color. I also have a lot of dark green, tan/brown, white and dark blue. I only have a handful where the majority of the book is red (though I have a number where the main color is black/dark grey and has bright red accents). There are a few yellow books scattered here and there, but they’re few and far between. And I have NO pink books at all.

That’s most likely due to the fact that I loathe the color pink. There are very very few shades of pink that I actually tolerate/like. And thus I’m less likely to buy a book in that color.

A lot of the reason there are so many black books on my shelves I’m sure, is due to the publisher choosing that color for the books. And me getting hooked on an author/series that has black for the majority of their books.

But with the wide variety of books out there, and colors used, it still made me laugh to see how few shades I really have on my shelves. (And I have 8 bookcases worth to look through.)

Are you drawn to certain book colors? When you see them in a store, does a particular color cover make you want to pick it up before a book of a different color? Are there any book colors you just wont buy? What colors are the majority on your shelves?

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8 Responses to “Are You Drawn To Certain Cover Colors?”

  1. Laura

    I’m definitely not a reader of pink books either, which is kind of weird seen as I actually quite like pink (my hair was even pink at one point!). I guess certain genres lean more towards certain colour palettes, and seen as I mostly prefer fantasy and sci-fi they are more often than not dark colours like black, dark green, dark blue, purple etc. Meanwhile I never really read romances, which are probably the most likely to be pink.
    I had never really thought about this before though, so it’s an interesting discussion. It makes me wonder if I pick books based on the colour because I associate it with genre, or whether it just so happens I have more dark books because I mostly read certain genres.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Well I definitely am partial to fantasy and sci-fi (mostly space opera!), and cozy mysteries. They’re the majority of what’s on my shelves. Especially the fantasy books. So that most likely doesn’t help much in the way of a more varied color variety. Though thinking about it, it’s funny that so many fantasy books are dark colored. You’d think that being a fantasy book, there would be more bright or even pastel colors.

      But it’s the cozy mysteries that give most of the colors to my shelves. Looking at the current stack of them on my TBR shelf, it looks like they’ve escaped from a candy factory! *laughs*

    • SilvaraWilde

      I like those colors, as well as some of the bright reds and blues and greens. But for some reason, I rarely end up owning many of those. It’s always the dark blue-blacks, black, dark grey, dark green, dark reddish, etc. that come home with me. I’m not really counting cozy mystery covers yet, since most of them I’ve been reading on my Kindle. And of the physical ones, 90% have been sent to me by the publisher to review.

      But my fantasy books? So many dark covers! Even some of the middle grade fantasy have dark covers. It’s weird to me.

  2. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    So, I LOVE this post, because I have always been intrigued by the colors that pubs choose for books. I am drawn mostly to BRIGHT- the brighter or shinier, the better. Shiny can take the place of bright, too. Blues always catch my eye first, since it’s my favorite color, but the majority of my books seem to be black, or somewhere on the black-grey-white spectrum, it seems the most popular by far. Though I feel like if I were making a design for a cover, I would make sure the spine was unique, because that would catch people’s eye on a shelf!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I pick up a lot of bright colored books to read the backs. And ones that are especially eye-catching because of color or the name of the book. But most of the ones that make it home with me always seem to be black/white/grey/dark. I do have some bright books, and pastel colors. But compared to the dark books on my shelf they seem to be few and far between. Made me wonder how publishers decided on book colors, and if I was the only one who ended up with mostly dark-colored shelves!

      Nice to know that seems to be a running theme for more than just me. But it’s also sad that more bright colored books aren’t in the genres we read. Rainbow shelves would be awesome!

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