Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers That Made Me Buy

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books Whose Covers or Titles Made Me Buy It

I love the topic this week! I'm totally the kind that lusts after books because of their covers, even though I know the old adage is true.

  10. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

The UK covers are what convinced me to try this series. They were just so cute and made the books look like so much fun. I especially love having their candy-coloured spines brightening up my bookshelf.

9. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

For most readers, The Handmaid's Tale is their first Atwood, but for me it was this. I love retro images and I watch Mad Men almost purely for the period fashion, so it's no surprise that I read this book for the same reasons.

8. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

There are a lot of dissenting opinions on Twilight, but I've never heard anyone disagree that it has an impressive cover. When I first started hearing about this book, the cover intrigued me more than the plot. It's so mysterious and evocative and I think it really stood out amongst all the other books on the YA shelf (not so much now that there are dozens of similar ones).

7. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingstone

For months before I bought Wondrous Strange, I often looked it up on Amazon or Goodreads, just so I could look at the cover again. Sigh. It's so very, very pretty.

6. Entangled by Cat Clarke

I must have a thing for redheads.

5. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

This list is revealing that despite the fact that I complain about the over-use of 'Sad Girls in Pretty Dresses' for YA covers, I obviously eat up all those covers with a spoon! This cover is not very representative of the actual tone of the book, but it sure is nice to look at.

4. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

I think Philippa Gregory books really set the blueprint for what all historical fiction covers would look like. While I admit to being a bit tired of these covers now, this one really attracted me at the time.

3. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

These books brought the pretty dresses to YA. I think I said "wow" the first time I saw this dress and this cover.

2. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

This was recommended to me and I first went to the library for a copy. However, the library did not have this cover and that was just not on. I bought a copy instead because I had to have the cover I wanted.

1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I was lucky enough to win this from Liza @ Reading with ABC, but if I hadn't, I would have had to get my hands on this book somehow. I love this cover. I scuba-dive; I wonder if that has something to do with it? Anyway, underwater imagery is just the pinnacle of beauty for me.


  1. I agree about The Luxe covers being eye catching. They are gorgeous. I am instantly drawn to those books too... anything with a fancy dress that I envy after = instant appeal.

  2. I included The Other Boleyn Girl on my list because of its incredible title.
    Here is my top ten book covers/titles ...

  3. I LOVED The Blind Assassin!! Maybe better than The Handmaid's Tale.

  4. I totally agree with your top three! It's just such an incentive to have a gorgeous cover on your shelf :) Mara Dyer is next on my TBR pile, can't wait. So much buzz about it.

  5. I bought Luxe, The OTher Boleyn Girl, and A Great and Terrible Beauty for the same reasons. A Great and Terrible Beauty has one of the most gorgeous covers I've ever seen.

    Lindsey @ babiesbooksandsigns.com

  6. LOVE that you included Atwood on this list :) She's amazing! And so are the covers of most of her books!

  7. I have to agree on Twilight. I hate the books, but the covers are just lovely! Fab list :)


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