When I was younger I read a lot, like 50-60 books during the summer, 1-3 books/week during the school year. Since I’ve been working full-time and can only squeeze in an hour of reading time during lunch, I decided to design book covers for books I read growing up, inspired by what I remember the most about the books when I first read them.
GREEN EGGS AND HAM
Green Eggs and Ham was the first book I ever read. I remember taking it with me EVERYWHERE: the grocery store, church, the houses of family friends—I was at my aunt’s house when I read the book for the first time on my own. I still remember how excited I was, reading this book was the start of my love for reading.
I recreated the cover for Green Eggs and Ham in a more modern style. I decided to leave the title off of the book cover because the image of green eggs & ham alone already allows you to automatically make the connection to the iconic Dr. Seuss book. If I saw Green Eggs and Ham with the cover I designed, I would buy it in a heart-beat for the nostalgia & coffee table appeal.
LORD OF THE FLIES
I first read Lord of the Flies in high school. The killing of the sow always stood out to me because it was the major turning point of the book’s plot. I knew I wanted to feature the pig on the book cover, but I didn’t want it to be too prominent. I decided to place the pig head at the bottom of the cover, cut off, as if the pig’s head is being viewed from the eyeline of one of the boys on the island.
THINGS FALL APART
The first time I read Things Fall Apart was for a 9th grade book report. After I printed out my report, I didn’t want to just put a generic cover page on it; because I worked so hard, I wanted to do a little extra. So I looked up meaning behind the title of the book & can across the poem that the title derives from, The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats, and immediately knew what my report title cover would be: I took a two verse excerpt from the poem and highlighted Things Fall Apart in bright red.
I decided to recreate that book report cover as an unofficial book cover thirteen years later.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
I’ve found myself thinking of To Kill A Mockingbird a lot lately. Recently (Feb 2019), there was a story in the news about a Brooklyn Men’s prison that lost power, and for over three days the men were left sitting in a dark 33º prison. For some reason I couldn’t stop thinking about To Kill A Mockingbird when I read the Brooklyn prison news story, so I decided to design a book cover showing the hands of a black man in handcuffs with an orange background to symbolize a prison jumpsuit.
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THE GREAT GATSBY
For me, the most memorable part of The Great Gatsby was the green light that Gatsby watches across the water at the end of Daisy’s Dock. The green light has been widely debated, the light represents everything from Gatsby’s love for Daisy, to money, to the American Dream. To me, the green light is what keep’s Gatsby centered in his chaotic, opulent and artificial life.
I designed this book cover with the green light as the focal point as the light represents what I believe is the book’s main theme—the intoxication of the pursuit of the unobtainable.
I read Fahrenheit 451 in the 7th grade and I thought it was the weirdest book ever! As a book lover, a book about book burning was mortifying and made absolutely no sense to me. I designed this cover with a flame as the focal point since fire and it’s destruction/corruption is a main theme in the book. I stretched condensed font for the book title to add a chaotic & hectic feel to match how I felt when I first read the book.