Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Sharks

 
 
As I was perusing Amazon for book covers with sharks on them, I stumbled into the "deep sea thriller" and general sea creature horror/thriller book section that I did not previously know existed.

And let me tell you, there are some terrifying book covers out there.

I'm talking blood-soaked boats and monstrous creatures and stormy skies with tsunami-type waves, all of which would only be, like, the most terrifying thing I could imagine, so I'll pass on reading those.

I did manage to find some covers I actually liked, but there are also some truly ridiculous books and book covers that are so bad they're hilarious. So of course I couldn't resist showing you both :-)
 

 

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

Books Covers featuring Sharks

 
Bunny and Shark by Alisha Piercy | books, reading, book covers
The Shark-Infested Custard by Charles Willeford | books, reading, book covers
The Shark Curtain by Chris Scofield | books, reading, book covers
The Shark's Paintbrush by Jay Harman | books, reading, book covers
The Only Shark in the Sea by DelSheree Gladden | books, reading, book covers
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall | books, reading, book covers
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall | books, reading, book covers
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall | books, reading, book covers
Jaws by Peter Benchley | books, reading, book covers
 

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Jaws by Peter Benchley

 
Jaws by Peter Benchley | books, reading, book covers, cover love
 

Can’t say I’ve read it, but it’s definitely a classic!

 

Date Shark Series by DelSheree Gladden

 
Shark Out of Water by DelSheree Gladden | books, reading, book covers, cover love
The Only Shark in the Sea by DelSheree Gladden | books, reading, book covers, cover love
 

I know it’s just a shark fin in the title, but they’re still nice looking new adult contemporary covers.

 

The Shark’s Paintbrush by Jay Harman

 
The Shark's Paintbrush by Jay Harman | books, reading, book covers, cover love
The Shark's Paintbrush by Jay Harman | books, reading, book covers, cover love
 

The simplicity and the blue and white contrast is pretty, on both versions.

 

The Shark Curtain by Chris Scofield

 
The Shark Curtain by Chris Scofield | books, reading, book covers, cover love
 

It’s simple and minimalistic, but the overall feel is more quirky than anything, which makes me interested.

 

Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracy

 
 

It’s kind of cutesy, perfect for YA.

 

The Shark-Infested Custard by Charles Willeford

 
The Shark-Infested Custard by Charles Willeford | books, reading, book covers, cover love
 

It’s kind of art deco and very Miami, which is perfect because it’s a Miami crime mystery.

 

Bunny and Shark by Alisha Piercy

 
Bunny and Shark by Alisha Piercy | books, reading, book covers, cover love
 

I know it’s not the most exciting, but I almost chose it as my favorite because I love the minimalism, bold color, and contrast. Yellow and black are a good combo.

 

My Favorite:
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

 
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall | books, reading, book covers, cover love
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall | books, reading, book covers, cover love
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall | books, reading, book covers, cover love
 

This book actually has six different versions of the cover that are all good. My favorite is the one in the middle, but the red one is also pretty cool.

 

And Now the Weird Ones…

 
Zombie Shark by Stephen D. Sullivan | books, reading, book covers
Motherfucking Sharks by Brian Allen Carr | books, reading, book covers
Space Sharks by Alan Spencer | books, reading, book covers
Big Ass Shark by Briar Lee Mitchell | books, reading, book covers
Sharkbrains by Robert Guetteur | books, reading, book covers
 

I think the question is, which came first: Sharknado, or this phenomenon to make shark media as absurd as possible? Because I’ve never seen so many utterly absurd, weird books about any other topic. I think my favorite in this bunch would have to be Big Ass Shark. I wonder what it’s about.

 
 

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  1. Greg

    I enjoyed this week! And yes, there are some ridiculous covers out there. I actually got a few good laughs out of some of them as I was perusing. Who reads this stuff???

    I think my favorites are The shark Curtain and The shark’s Paintbrush (the one with the paint). I like the blue and white as well.

    I saw about 15 mins of Sharknado once and moved on, but it is crazy some of the shark stuff out there. I wonder if it all started with Shark Week…

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    1. Kristen Burns

      I completely forgot about the Shark Week craziness. I think you might be right about that. But yeah, the crazy covers definitely cracked me up!

      I had chosen The Shark Curtain as my favorite at first. It is rather interesting. And there’s something so pretty about that blue paint!

  2. Lola

    I don’t remember seeing any covers with sharks before, except for the Jaws one. The Shark Curtain one looks great as well. And that contemporary romance series with the shark fin in the title looks interesting, small details like that can really add something to the cover. The word plays in the title with the word shark are fun too. Those covers for the The Raw Shark Text are well done with how the text makes the shark or in the other verison the title is in the outline for the shark.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, it wasn’t all that easy finding books with sharks on the cover. You have a good point, it is cool to note how the little details like the shark fin can make a cover that much better. And I don’t know why, but I always think it’s pretty when text forms a picture. So The Raw Shark Text ones are really interesting to me too!

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