Top Ten Tuesday: Characters on Covers Interacting with Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Typographic Book Covers.” I wasn’t sure what to do with this topic. I was going to go with favorite title fonts or covers with prominent titles, but wasn’t really feeling either of those. Then it occurred to me, one of my favorite things to see on book covers is characters interacting with the title of a book. I feel like it subtly prepares the reader for an immersive and fun experience. What I didn’t realize is there aren’t quite as many as I thought there were, so I had to interpret “interacting” loosely for this topic to work and also had to include a couple of TBR books. Covers linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee

3. Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

4. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

5. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

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6. It Sounds Like This by Anna Meriano

7. By the Book by Jasmine Guillory

8. Meet Cure Diary by Emery Lee

9. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

10. Love from Mecca to Medina by S. K. Ali

Have you read any of these? Can you think of any other books where the characters interact with the title on the cover? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit!

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49 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Characters on Covers Interacting with Titles

  1. I really like your interpretation of the topic–I think that it’s interesting so many of these titles are romances. The way that the characters interact with the title also gives a lot of insight. Like how in The Hate U Give, the protagonist holds a sign in protest while the romance novels often have someone leaning or sitting on the letters, and they act as a barrier between the protagonists. Great list!

    I wrote about one designer this week: https://inkinthearchives.com/2022/09/27/ttt-an-ode-to-jessica-hisches-book-covers/

    –Allie @ Ink in the Archives

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    1. Yes, romances really like utilizing this method. I completely agree, I love how on most the characters are separated by the title, signifying the beginning of their story. THUG’s cover is instantly recognizable and I think one of the reasons is its simplicity. The protest sign really stands out.

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