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Carina Pereira

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Carina Pereira, born in ‘87, in Portugal. Moved to Belgium in 2011, and to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in 2019. Avid reader, changing interests as the mods strikes. Whiles away the time by improvising stand-up routines she’ll never get to perform. Books are a life-long affair, audiobooks a life-changing discovery of adulthood. Selling books by day, writer by night. Contact

For several weeks, every time I checked out the English section of the bookshop at my workplace, a specific book caught my attention. With pale colours, it looked like a geometric painting.

Then, more covers resembling this specific book started to appear on my Instagram timeline; none of the books was the same one I had seen at the bookshop, but they were similar, very similar. Is this a trend, I thought?

I started paying more attention to bookish posts, looking out for that art style, and I started taking notes: the colours, and the shapes are not always the same, but when you look at them, there is something that seems to unite them, as if a new wave of book covers and art has been put together.

After having gathered quite a few of these, I figured I’d share them with our readers. These are gorgeous covers, and books with fantastic premises, so I hope you like looking at them as much as I do!

Wavy and Fluid

The Willies by Adam Faulkner

I bumped into this book on Saeed Jones’s (How We Fight For Our Lives) Instagram stories, one of his recommendations. It’s a poetry collection on gender, race, and family.

Commuters Spouses: New Families In A Changing World by Danielle Lindemann

This a nonfiction book that explores the ways in which couples make a relationship work when they have to spend so much time apart due to their careers.

Followers by Megan Angelo

What means are acceptable to reach success? This fiction story focus on two friends who find out that online success comes with a price.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

A wonderful story about secrets, friendship, love, and the weight life choices put on us.

The Farm by Joanne Ramos

This is another book about how far people go to reach an end: money, lifelong comfort. The Farm seems like a wonderful place for someone who agrees with its terms. But what happens when a young woman stars questioning her choices? Read to find out!

A Map Is Only One Story by Various Authors

The premise is in the title: a book about immigration, family, and the meaning of home. A compilation of essays written by 20 writers and edited by Nicole Chung and Memsah Demary. As an immigrant myself, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this!

Red At The Bone by Jaqueline Woodson

This was the book that started it all, the one who took central space at my local bookshop. I had forgotten the title, but I recognised it as soon as it showed up on my timeline. It speaks mostly of how young decisions must be made, and how they affect us for life.

Inland by Tea Obreht

This is a story based on real facts, a reimagination of an American myth.

Stripy and Vivid

The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

This is a fiction story about the intricacies of the relationships between women.

The Travelers by Regina Porter

This is Porter’s debut novel, and it explores family relationships and American identity. Look at the beautiful mix of colours in this cover!

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

A vibrant story about how people’s lives can be changed and influenced by ideas, and about a woman who finds her passion, what she deems worth fighting for, and how that affects the life she always knew.

Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch

This is a book still to be published, but I thought I’d add it to this list for obvious graphic reasons. It’s set to come out in February 2020.

Square and Fair

My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley

Sometimes it is the things we thought we had left in the past that brings us the hope we need for the future. This is, at the same time, a funny and heartbreaking book.

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

This is a surprising book, about teenage love and what is expected both from teenagers and adults alike.

I hope you have enjoyed this small show of artsy covers! Know of another one that fits any of these themes? Come and chat with us on Facebook, on Twitter, or tag us on your Instagram stories!