With the demise of Bloglines, I've been going through all the posts I had bookmarked and pulling out the ones I wanted to mention in a post - this is one of those posts.
Something I really like about feed aggregators is that, by reading feeds from a wide variety of sources, it is possible to spot coincidental trends (which I like doing). For instance, a couple weeks ago I noticed a few of posts all about book covers:
- Boing Boing featured an interesting infographic showing the trends in cover art of fantasy novels (a trend within a trend)
- The Huffington Post is always good for a meme - this time they reviewed both great covers designs of books about design and 11 bad memoir book covers
- A Fuse #8 Production, a School Library Journal blog, reviews some of the best childrens book covers of 2010 by some of the best cover illustrators
- Fail Blog always has humorous book covers (see the Amazon listing for the book pictured above)
And speaking of book covers, remember to play with LibraryThing's CoverGuess, to help build a database that can answer questions like, "well, I don't remember the title, but it was a red book, and had like this guy on a street with maybe like a purple penguin?"
Update: I forgot to include my two biggest book cover pet peeves:
- Covers where the author's name is bigger than the title
- Cook books where the chef (usually a celebrity) is more prominently-featured than the food
Those to things always make me suspicious.