Monday, September 15, 2008

Books with similar covers: 1, 2, 3 dresses...

I was looking through the books at Value Village this weekend when I came across Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh. I recognized her name because I’ve been seeing it a lot on the Web in connection with her latest novel, The Condition (which sounds fantastic). I consequently snatched this one up happily, but then I started to wonder if I already had this book because the cover looked so familiar. Had I bought it before and not made the connection that this was the same author I’d been reading about recently? That didn’t seem possible and yet... Was I just thinking about the cover to What the Living Won’t Let Go by Lorna Crozier, which I blogged about recently in a reading questionnaire? Thank goodness for LibraryThing, which makes it so easy to (a) check if you already own the book (I didn’t) and (b) locate books with a similar cover... The culprit turned out to be The Honey Thief by Elizabeth Graver, which I had also mentioned in that same post!

I seem to be attracted to book covers featuring fairly old-fashioned-looking dresses on hangers. Are there any others out there? Any with four or more maybe? Let me know if you come across any!


  1. Avis, I love all three covers.

    I want to read Mrs. Kimble. Can't wait for your review!

    Not quite the same, but the cover of The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards has a dress. It's an infant dress though.

    And someone pointed out to me (Anna or Dawn, I think) that the cover of The Streets of Babylon is very similar, only it is a pair of Victorian bloomers.

  2. I think it's quite interesting to find books that have similar covers to other books...I can't think of any like this at the moment though...


  3. This is a trend I noticed a while back and posted about it on Shelfari. The only difference was that the books I saw had the exact same cover art.

  4. Shana, I definitely think the cover to The Memory Keeper's Daughter is in the same vein as my three!

    Lauren and Icedream, yeah, I've gotten interested in this phenomenon by reading other bloggers' posts on the same thing. Both Pop Culture Junkie and A Girl Walks into a Bookstore have done a series of posts on this subject.