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.