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Books that look like other books

Hello friends!! The other week I commented that the only reason I picked up a book on my Kindle was because I thought it was part of a series I had started. Because the covers looked the same to me. So, today I’m going to be talking about books that look like other books.

Now, this is absolutely NOT me saying that cover designers are ripping off other covers. I think it’s actually about trends in cover design, similar traits in books, or maybe it could be the same cover designer. Or, possibly, it’s publishers wanting to emulate success that other books have achieved. Whatever it is, I feel like I’m seeing it a lot. And based on your comments maybe you are too?

I find cover design and the trends in it super fascinating. There was (and still is) a whole bunch of YA books that Charlie Bowater did the art for. And like, good on her, because when I see her art, I know that she’s read the character description and brought it to life. There are a heap of artists out there who bring books and stories to life through art. (And honestly I hope the trend to go back to photos of real people on covers never comes back.)

But it’s not just about the art. A lot of the time it’s the fonts used, or how the title is placed on the page, that trick me into thinking these books are part of a set. And most of the time, this has nothing to do with the author or the artist.

So, let’s look at some books that I think look like other books!

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books that look like other books

ice hockey romance (yes, we’re starting very specifically)

Title: Icebreaker

Author: Hannah Grace

Pub date: 23 Aug 2022

Series: Maple Hills #1

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Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

Title: Offside

Author: Avery Keelan

Pub date: 1 Nov 2023

Series: Rules of the Game #1

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Offside by Avery Keelan
Breakaway by Grace Reilly

Title: Breakaway

Author: Grace Reilly

Pub date: 13 Dec 2022

Series: Beyond the Play #2

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Behind the Net by Stephanie Archer

Title: Behind the Net

Author: Stephanie Archer

Pub date: 30 Jun 2023

Series: Vancouver Storm #1

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Title: Collide

Author: Bal Khabra

Pub date: 25 Sep 2023

Series: Off the Ice #1

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Collide by Bal Khabra

Title: Pipe Dreams

Author: Sarina Bowen

Pub date: 2 May 2017

Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #3

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Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen
Rival Darling by Alexandra Moody

Title: Rival Darling

Author: Alexandra Moody

Pub date: 26 Mar 2024

Series: The Darling Devils #1

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Arresting the Hockey Player by Willow Fox

Title: Arresting the Hockey Player

Author: Willow Fox

Pub date: 5 Dec 2023

Series: Ice Dragons Hockey #3

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Title: Icebreaker

Author: R. L. Graziadei

Pub date: 18 Jan 2022

Series: N/A

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Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei

Title: Sin Bin

Author: Anastasija White

Pub date: 19 Apr 2023

Series: Sinners on the Ice #1

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Sin Bin by Anastasija White
The Pucking Kiss by Alexis Lee

Title: The Pucking Kiss

Author: Alexis Lee

Pub date: 17 Nov 2023

Series: Love on Ice #1

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So Pucked Up by Charity Parkerson

Title: So Pucked Up

Author: Charity Parkerson

Pub date: 22 Jan 2024

Series: Thin Ice #1

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contemporary / romance

Title: The Guncle

Author: Steven Rowley

Pub date: 25 May 2021

Series: The Guncle #1

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The Guncle by Steven Rowley

Title: The Next Big Thing

Author: James Colley

Pub date: 30 Jan 2024

Series: N/A

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The Next Big Thing by James Colley
Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Title: Book Lovers

Author: Emily Henry

Pub date: 3 May 2022

Series: N/A

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Love, Just In by Natalie Murray

Title: Love, Just In

Author: Natalie Murray

Pub date: 3 Jan 2024

Series: N/A

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fantasy

Title: The Iron King

Author: Julie Kagawa

Pub date: 19 Jan 2010

Series: The Iron Fey #1

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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Title: All the Hidden Paths

Author: Foz Meadows

Pub date: 5 Dec 2023

Series: The Tithenai Chronicles #2

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All the Hidden Paths by Foz Meadows
Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Broken Throne

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Pub date: 7 May 2019

Series: Red Queen #4.5

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A Crown of Ivy and Glass by Claire Legrand

Title: A Crown of Ivy and Glass

Author: Claire Legrand

Pub date: 13 Jun 2023

Series: The Middlemist Trilogy #1

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Title: From Blood and Ash

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub date: 29 Mar 2020

Series: Blood and Ash #1

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From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: A Storm of Secrets and Sorrow

Author: Melissa K. Roehrich

Pub date: 29 Feb 2o29

Series: Legacy #2

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Storm of Secrets and Sorrow by Melissa K Roehrich
The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent

Title: The Serpent and the Wings of Night

Author: Carissa Broadbent

Pub date: 30 Aug 2022

Series: Crowns of Nyaxia #1

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A Sword of Shadow and Deceit by Lucinda Dark

Title: A Sword of Shadow and Deceit

Author: Lucinda Dark

Pub date: 21 Mar 2024

Series: Mortal Gods #1

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Title: To Bleed A Kingdom

Author: Ella Dawes

Pub date: 26 Mar 2024

Series: N/A

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To Bleed A Kingdom by Ella Dawes

Title: To Kill a Shadow

Author: Katherine Quinn

Pub date: 28 Nov 2023

Series: Mistlands #1

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To Kill a Shadow by Katherine Quinn

historical / fantasy

A Restless Truth by Freya Marske

Title: A Restless Truth

Author: Freya Marske

Pub date: 1 Nov 2022

Series: The Last Binding #2

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A Market of Dreams and Destiny by Trip Galey

Title: A Market of Dreams and Destiny

Author: Trip Galley

Pub date: 12 Sep 2023

Series: N/A

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until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

6 Comments

  • dbsguidetothegalaxy

    Go look at Plot Twist by Breea Keenan’s cover because it’s LITERALLY EMILY HENRY’S BOOK. Or well the UK version of the new Emily Henry because US is bright pink? idk, I don’t keep up with her books.

    Oh yeah, there’s so many fantasies that look completely identical. That Powerless book by ?? Laura someone? the YA fantasy – I kept thinking it was an Adult fantasy book because it looks a lot like other adult fantasy books lol

    Literally those ice hockey books are just.. copies lol
    and now there’s the whole thing of the blank faces on romance books which just makes them all look the same even easier

    • meeghan

      OMG yes!! Maybe we should join up and do a part 2… I also have all of these screen shots in my phone of book covers with that exact same snake image on them from a few years ago. It still makes me laugh.

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