I recently cataloged some new YA fiction and included in the bunch was the title The Ruining by Anna Collomore. The cover of this book has a large mansion in the background and a young woman’s half-submerged profile in the foreground. Yesterday, I glimpsed a new Non-fiction title in my coworker’s office titled Shouting Won’t Help: Why I– and 40 Million Other Americans — Can’t Hear You by Katherine Bouton. It has a cloudy sky in the background and a young woman’s half-submerged profile in the foreground. I thought to myself how similar it looked to the YA book I had just added to the collection. Today as I was walking past the new books in the teen area I saw The Ruining again and was really struck by the similarity between the covers. So I went searching for the other and lo and behold, they are the same.
I have read blog articles about this kind of phenomenon but have never personally stumbled upon two (mostly) identical covers like this. Let alone two books published in the same month. I am very glad that these two books will be displayed in different parts of the library, so that people won’t be turned off or confused by the similarity of the covers.