Interesting. I am not nearly as much as a cover slave as I thought that I would be. Don't get me wrong. I love a good cover. I am, now that I am looking at my reading choices, much more likely to pick up a book because of it's title, author, or if it was recommended by someone that I know. I think that it is because I most often read on a Kindle, so I am not looking at the cover the whole time. That doesn't mean that I am not occasionally sucked into le-pretty-cover-buying frenzy. Here are ten books that I bought and read 100% because of a beautiful cover.
by Jackson Pearce
“I am confident, I am capable, and I will not wait to be rescued by a woodsman or a hunter.”
I love everything about this cover. I love that you can tell it is a fairy tale retelling. I love the simple graphic shapes. I love the color scheme. This popped up in my Goodreads feed, and there was not way on earth that I wasn't immediately going to buy it.
by Tiffany D. Jackson
"No one has ever thought of holding Momma accountable. For anything."
Oh, man this cover is creepy. I didn't even read the description before I bought it. There was just something about the way that the girl was standing and the framing of the picture that just called for me to read it. And once I did know what it was about? I had to have it.
The Blazing Star
by Imani Josey
“You have kept me from a dishonorable death," he said. "It would be my honor to do the same for you."
I smiled at the odd compliment.
"Look!" he said. "I have cured her sour disposition. My debt is almost repaid.”
This cover is perfection. Perfection, do you hear?! Every time I see it I wonder why I am not, in fact, reading The Blazing Star. Seriously, this book is going to suck me into so many rereads just based on how much I love this cover.
The Inside of Out
by Jenn Marie Thorne
"The Secret of having it all is knowing that you do."
The Inside of Out is a story about the straight savior trope and how it is problematic. The cover is beautiful You can tell that the cover designer read the book. It manages to suggest it's important aspects and remain highly attractive. Nicely done.
by Brie Spangler
“…talking always feels like defending and I’m tired of asking for permission to exist.”
The cover doens't really match the story. Which when I think about it, it the theme of the book. Hmmm, it might be a better match than I originally thought. I liked this book but I love this cover. I like that the silloettes look a bit like old fashioned cameos. I think that the floral pattern in the background is really pretty
by Daniel José Older
“I was thinking that we could spli —” “We’re not splitting up,” Bennie whispered hoarsely.”
A black girl with magical rainbow hair is on the cover. I had to have it.
by Thanhha Lai
“My curse: rebellious in my head but oh-so-lovely in real life.”
This cover is so beautiful that I almost cannot stand it. I also love the cover Inside out and Back Again by this author but I have talked that one to death. This is just art. I love it. The book is just as beautiful. If you are new to novels in verse this is a wonderful place to start.
A Moment Comes
by Jennifer Bradbury
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Published: June 25th 2013
Rating: Too light for the subject matter.
"All through the Punjab, even as far as Bengal in the east, where even Ghandiji’s fasts could no longer keep the Muslims and Hindus from killing one another. Duty? What kind of duty was killing?"
There is a lot that is wrong with this book. The random white girl who DOES NOT NEED TO EXIST for one. The cover however is gorgeous. I love that so much of the story is told in one image. The girl pictured has a scarred face so we only see one side. Peacocks are a symbol of India where the book is set and the two designs at the top and bottom can be seen as the looming Partition. Swoon.
Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
“The water hears and understands. The ice does not forgive.”
I love the impression of the city in the crows wings. Ketterdam is almost a character in these books so I like that that is incorperated. It is also just cool looking.
Made You Up
by Francesca Zappia
“Sometimes I think people take reality for granted.”
I want to find the artist of this cover and get a print of it to hang in my home. That is how much I love it. The book is amazing as well. But ooooo, that cover.