Outed by my book-buying habits

If it wasn’t made clear in past posts, I’m bisexual.

I wasn’t privy to/able to process this piece of information until my mid-twenties.

So it goes.

It took me until NOW to realize that many of the SFF YA novels I’ve purchased over the years have similar cover art.

You’ll see what I mean in a second.

Book: Matched by Ally Condie
Purchased in: 2010
Age read: 17

#1 New York Times Bestseller Matched by Ally Condie (Read the sequel Crossed)

I, a self-professed allocishet teenager, spent years buying every single YA novel with a redheaded cover model.

Per the narrative, this protagonist’s hair is supposedly aUbUrN.

I don’t want to talk about it.

Book: Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
Purchased in: 2010
Age read: 17

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Something told me this book was really good.

(It was the comps on the cover.)

(In case you were curious.)

Book: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Purchased in: 2011
Age: 18

The Girl in the Steel Corset: The Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross

Bonus Book Included: The Strange Case of Finley Jayne

At the time of purchase, I was a brunette with body image issues. (….still am, in fact.)

I wanted to look LIKE, not look AT, the woman on the cover of this book!

Thank you, no further questions!

Book: Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Purchased in: 2011
Age: 18

Wither: The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano

Steampunk was a Thing when this book came out. (See previous entry)

I bought this one for the aesthetic!

Book: The Selection by Kiera Cass
Purchased in: 2012
Age: 19

New York Times Bestseller The Selection by Kiera Cass: 35 Girls. 1 Crown. The competition of a lifetime.

I bought this book because of the cover model’s incredible dress (and no other reason.)

In fact, ALL of the covers for this series were flawless.

Yes, I bought the sequels.

The Crown: Book Five of the Selection Series by No. 1 New York Times Bestselling Author Kiera Cass: 35 suitors entered the selection. Who will win her heart?

For the DRESSES.


Book: Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Purchased in: 2012
Age: 19

Defiance by C. J. Redwine

I am…incredibly predictable.

Book: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Purchased in: 2012
Age read: 19

For Darkness Show the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, author of Rampant and Ascendant: EXTRAS Inside

I excitedly showed this book to my college boyfriend.

“Look how cool and aesthetically-pleasing this cover is!” I said without a hint of irony.

(Fun fact: he was a redhead.)

Book: Fallen by Lauren Kate
Borrowed in: 2013
Age: 20

Fallen: A Fallen Novel by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Kate

Now a major motion picture
Love never dies

Have I mentioned my previously-unacknowledged and suitably-massive crush on Amy Lee, frontwoman of Evanescence?

Book: Mistwood by Leah Cypress
Purchased in: 2014
Age: 21

Mistwood by Leah Cypress





SURELY my taste in book covers isn’t THIS specific.

Someone tell me this trend doesn’t go all the way back to the beginning.

Book: In the Hands of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
Borrowed in: 2003
Age: 10

In the Hand of the Goddess: Song of the Lioness 2

Oh no.

“Hey, Lauren. Does the same go for book covers with male cover models?”

Not really.

I rarely see men on book covers, much less redheaded men.

Prince On Paper: Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole

…well then.

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