You know what’s great about the topic playing cards? They’re all red and black, my favorite colors!
However, I didn’t end up sticking to just playing cards. I couldn’t quite tell what some of the cards on covers were and just using playing card covers was limiting, so tarot cards, baseball cards—really any palm-sized cards—I also deemed appropriate.
Speaking of cards though, it has been a LONG time since I have played any card game at all. I’ve only played cards (blackjack) at a casino once (on a cruise when I was 18)—I’m pretty sure I lost $50 and just called it quits—but I used to love non-gambling card games as a kid/teen.
Actually, I have a few funny stories involving card games, but I’ll just share one with you. My favorite game was always Camps/Kemps/Kent (known by numerous names). Basically you play on teams of two, partners sitting across from each other, everyone has four cards, and the goal is to get four of the same number cards and to then perform a predetermined signal and get your partner to shout out, “Camps!” And one person acts as the dealer and turns over four cards at a time on the table that people can trade with the cards in their hand in order to achieve this goal. Well I just remember this one time in fifth grade when my friend and I played against these two guys, and my boyfriend (yes, I had a boyfriend, and he wasn’t even my first—I had far better luck with relationships when I was in elementary school, haha) was the dealer. But since he wanted me to win, he cheated for us by purposely putting cards he knew me and my friend needed closer to us so that we could snatch them up quickly. Of course the guys we were playing against complained, but what could they do? So, the moral of the story is, there aren’t a lot of perks to having a boyfriend when you’re ten, but there are some ;-)
Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted at Sugar & Snark. This week’s topic is:
Books Covers featuring Cards
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
This isn’t my usual kind of cover, but it just really like it. It has this really cool look to it, like magic without the fanfare.
Prosperity by Alexis Hall
This one has nice artwork and looks fun. It also has a cool sepia tone.
The Passionate Queen by Jovee Winters
I’ve used the covers for this series in a lot of posts because they’re all just gorgeous.
Magic University Series by Cecilia Tan
All of these are really pretty and interesting looking, and I love the 3D card thing.
Immortal Vegas Series by Jenn Stark
These are pretty too and also have that 3D card things going on a little bit.
The Queen of Hearts by S.J. Valfroy
I love all the red and black in this one!
Mad in Wonderland Series by Cameron Jace
These are just so colorful and fun!
Queen of Hearts Series by Colleen Oakes
I love how these look like actual cards. And I also love that they’re just black, white, and red :-D
My Favorite #1:
Spell Games by T.A. Pratt
This is just some seriously gorgeous artwork, the colors look really nice, I like the glowing effect, AND it’s got the 3D card thing that I like!
My Favorite #2:
Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond
The colors in this one really POP, the look fits the magic/circus atmosphere of the book, and it’s got all these cute little details that relate to the actual story, like the ferris wheel, the knives, the cards, and the heart!