1. Maps Inside the Front Cover
Example: Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
I started reading this book earlier this week before bed. Mr. Anna asked how it was going and I said, "Great, do you know why? There's a map in the front cover. A map! This is going to be so good!"
To me, maps are a sign that the author has CLEARLY created an entire world in her imagination. Maps scream: "This book has an entire, well-thought-out world inside its pages, just waiting for you to discover it. C'mon in!"
Example: Stay by Deb Caletti and An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Everyone loves being a part of the secret. And footnotes are like a cheeky little aside, a secret look into what the character is REALLY thinking. Granted, when a book is told in first-person you probably already know what the character is thinking, but footnotes make it seem more special to me. Like a funny insight the narrator is whispering just to me.
3. Family Trees
Okay so I don't have an example, but I have seen this in books. And it should happen more often! Yeah, you could argue that adding in a family tree is a sign that the editors thought readers couldn't make sense of a complicated set of characters on their own.
But I spent an inordinate amount of time as a child creating soap opera-esque family trees out of JCPenney catalogs, so this family-building really appeals to me. Kinda like the maps.
Did anyone else do this as a kid? This beats a coloring book any day:
Well, there's a typo in there. But I'd seriously do that for hours on end and then draw out the family trees for these people. Such a creative, odd child...
4. Swirly Fonts & Foresty Vibes on Covers
Example: Entwined by Heather Dixon
You know how they say not to judge a book by its cover? Whatevs. My girl Capillya even made a blog out of it. So, you know, booyah.
What are YOUR superficial signs that you're going to love a book? Please share in the comments!