Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Circus

 
 
I am SO EXCITED about this week's topic! I mean, seriously:

1) Have you seen my bio? Even the mini one in the sidebar?

2) I used to do circus myself for a brief period of time---I even included a photo at the end!

3) I made this post even before I knew this would be an official topic because I just wanted to do this topic anyway.

4) Every single book on here came from either books I already own or my TBR because I LOVE CIRCUS BOOKS, so this was a really fun, easy one for me to put together.

5) There are some absolutely gorgeous circus covers out there! And I managed to find a wide range that includes trapeze, silks, fire dancing, animals, wire walking, and even the circus tents themselves.

So now that you are sufficiently versed in why I am so excited, here are the covers!
 

 

Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted at Sugar & Snark. This week’s topic is:

Books Covers featuring Circus

 
Suspended by Sarah Noffke | books, reading, book covers
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | books, reading, book coversThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | books, reading, book covers
The Fire Dancer by Kristen Strassel | books, reading, book covers
Pantomime by Laura Lam | books, reading, book covers
Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond | books, reading, book coversGirl over Paris | books, reading, book covers
Spectaccolo by Christine Catlin | books, reading, book covers
The Man Who Became Frankenstein's Monster by Robert Daicy | books, reading, book covers
The Immortal Circus by A.R. Kahler | books, reading, book covers
That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard | books, reading, book covers
Macdeath by Cindy Brown | books, reading, book covers
 

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MacDeath by Cindy Brown

 
Macdeath by Cindy Brown | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
 

It’s just cute and caught my attention.

 

That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard

 
That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
 

It’s just so pretty and magical like a circus should be.

 

Cirque des Immortels Series by A.R. Kahler

 
The Immortal Circus by A.R. Kahler | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
The Immortal Circus: Act Two by A.R. Kahler | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
The Immortal Circus: Final Act by A.R. Kahler | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
 

These are just photos, so not that special, but the second one is interesting, and they’re still pretty photos.

 

The Man Who Became Frankenstein’s Monster by Robert Daicy

 
The Man Who Became Frankenstein's Monster by Robert Daicy | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
 

This is such a gorgeous tent, even though it doesn’t have the red and white stripes, and the whole cover is designed so well.

 

Spectaccolo by Christine Catlin

 
Spectaccolo by Christine Catlin | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
 

I know this book has been shunned by the blogging community, but it’s still got a beautiful cover!

 

My Favorite #1:
Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond

 
Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
Girl over Paris by Kate Leth & Ming Doyle | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
 

I couldn’t pick one favorite, so I chose five, in no particular order. I’ve used this one before because the graphics are so catchy and pretty. The second one is a graphic novel about the MC in the book, showing some extra adventures and things.

 

My Favorite #2:
Pantomime by Laura Lam

 
Pantomime by Laura Lam | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
 

This one is so simple and minimalistic but still so gorgeous.

 

My Favorite #3:
The Fire Dancer by Kristen Strassel

 
The Fire Dancer by Kristen Strassel | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
 

I absolutely LOVE this one. Fire isn’t the most typically circus-y thing there is, but it definitely can be circus, and this art is just amazing.

 

My Favorite #4:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
 

I suppose everyone will have this cover on their list. It’s somewhat minimalistic with so few colors and graphics, but it works so well, and I cannot resist anything that’s black, white, and red! Unfortunately neither one of these is the covers on the US Amazon site, so I’m not sure where to get these particular covers.

 

My Favorite #5:
Vagabond Circus Series by Sarah Noffke

 
Suspended by Sarah Noffke | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
Paralyzed by Sarah Noffke | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
Released by Sarah Noffke | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus
 

These are just so pretty and eye-catching, and again the silhouette works so well, especially with the trapeze!

 

And just for funzies because I want to share my circus-ness with you all, here’s a photo of moi (it’s five years old since I don’t do this anymore, but whatevs) :-)

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Circus | books, reading, book covers, cover love, circus

 
 

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Which cover with circus is YOUR favorite?
Do you have any books *about* circus to recommend? Because I want to read them all!

 

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  1. Shubba

    Oh I haven’t heard of a few one those. The first The Night Circus cover is the UK version I have that one and it’s stunning in person. I have no idea why Spectaccolo is being shunned (may need to look into that) but that cover is fave out of your picks.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      You should! I actually haven’t read as many as I’d like to, I made it a goal to read more this year but then got swamped with review copies, but I recommend Girl on a Wire. And thanks :-)

    1. Kristen Burns

      The Vagabond covers are amazing, right?! I actually still need to read The Night Circus too lol. I’ve been saying that for so long that I think it’s just become a thing, and I just keep procrastinating. And thanks :-) I do miss it, actually, but it makes me happy that I still get to read about it!

      1. AngelErin

        I’m right there with you about The Night Circus. I need to borrow it from the library and just read it already, but well my TBR is so large. Lol!

        Hey, that’s what’s so great about books. If you can’t do something or don’t do something anymore or you can’t go somewhere or whatever then you can always read about it!

        1. Kristen Burns

          I also plan to borrow The Night Circus, and I borrow ebooks which makes it even easier lol, but my TBR keeps piling up too!

          Exactly, one of the many amazing things about books :-)

  2. Greg

    Where I used to work we always got a close up view of the circus when it came to town since our building was right behind the arena. I picked That Time as my fave cover but seeing your list I really like Released from the Vagabond books- it looks otherwordly (to me anyway) and I like the moon and the blue/ green. Suspended is nice too and I like Pantomime with the black background.

    I like The Immortal Circus covers too (Act One and Final Act- like the green/ black). I haven’t read a lot of books about circuses but I’d like to, I like the idea of strange things going on and circuses being more than they seem. :)

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    1. Kristen Burns

      That’s awesome about the place you worked! Yeah, those Vagabond books do look otherwordly. And I do love simplistic black or white background ones like Pantomime :-) I knew you’d like the third Immortal Circus book cover though lol because of the green. Of course I think we should all read more circus, but, you know, that’s just my little, biased opinion :-P

  3. Barb(boxermommyreads)

    I plan on adding several of these to my wish list. Great collection. And I love that personal picture! I love watching Pink’s concert because of all her acrobatic moves.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yay, everyone should read more circus books! Lol. And thanks :-) I’ve never seen any of her concerts, but I did see one of her award show performances, I think it might’ve been the first time she included the aerial stuff. I think it’s great that she brings circus into her performances.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Ah ok, thanks for letting me know :-) I think it looks really pretty online though, so if it looks even better in person, it must be amazing! And thanks :-D

  4. Lola

    This topic is perfect for you indeed with your love for circus. I never realized how many circus covers are out there as I haven’t read a lot of circus books myself, I can only think of one I read and at the moment and one that’s on my to-read list. The one of my to read list is Menagerie by Rachel Vincent, I like the cover for that one too, it’s very simply, but I like it.
    The cover for That Time I joined the Circus is so pretty and magical and I really like the colours and feel of that one. The one for the Fire Dancer is great too, although t had a bit less of the traditional circus feel. I think the Vagabond Circus covers are my favourite too with the bold colour combination and they have that typical circus feel!
    And I still think it’s cool you were part of a circus once!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Right?! Menagerie is also on my TBR. I also like the cover of that one, I just didn’t feel like it looked super circus-y.

      The cover for That Time does have a great feel. And the Fire Dancer one is not traditional circus, but fire acts can definitely be considered circus. (And GAH I want that book so badly so that I can own the cover lol.) But the Vagabond ones are traditional and pretty!

      Thanks! It was just a small, local company, I performed at a couple small events, no big shows or anything, but it was fun :-)

    1. Kristen Burns

      Girl on a Wire has such a great cover! I’ve loved it ever since I saw the book. And thanks :-) I think it’s awesome how many people are actually excited about this topic. I thought I was alone in my love for circus books lol.