Top 5 Wednesday: Book Trends You’re Tired Of


Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey from Gingerreadlainey.

This week’s topic is about trends we’re tired of seeing in books. I took this to mean something slightly different from tropes, such as instalove or love triangles, and went with something I see, in my opinion, far too often: girls floating in water on the cover.



1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare



2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin



3. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks



4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 



5. Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh


While some of these covers are lovely in and of themselves, when counted together they number far too high not to be at least slightly annoying. There are at least three different lists on Goodreads alone that total over 100 novels that have girls floating in water and if you only account for young adult novels, it feels like a glut on the market.

These five are among the most eye catching. They’ve done their job in that respect, though I am curious what other options the cover designers would’ve gone with if floating girls had been off the table?

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4 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Book Trends You’re Tired Of

    1. Oh yes, ballgowns are another one!

      It really makes me wonder, in addition to how little the cover models end up looking like the main characters, whether the artist(s) have ever read the book. I’d think that would be a good thing for them to be allowed to do prior to completing the work.

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