Top Ten Books I Bought for the Cover or Title

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the nice folks at The Broke and the Bookish featuring a new top ten list each week. Everyone can participate- head on over to their blog and sign up.

This week’s topic is Top Ten Books We’ve Bought for their Cover or Title. I’m guilty as charged for judging books by their covers. I’m being more careful with this now after several disappointments, but I have definitely bought books due to an eye-catching cover.

In no particular order, these are some of the books I bought in the last year or so that stand-out for their cover design:

2. Wither by Lauren DeStefano – I was also intrigued by the premise, but the cover didn’t hurt. Love the bird and the birdcage and how all of the elements work together.

3. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma – The water, the pose, the ribbon, and the colors all strike a mood and made me eager to read the book. It does bring to mind an atmospheric mood, which works for this story.

4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – It’s dark and mysterious, and the watery pose got my attention. I bought this one, but haven’t had the chance to read it yet and the mixed reviews are giving me pause.

5. Sea by Heidi R. Kling – I guess my Pisces nature is showing that I’m attracted to books with watery covers. Such a gorgeous blue cover and I wanted to read it without knowing much about the story.

6. Entangled by Cat Clarke – The cover is striking with the close-up of the model and her red hair. It seems mysterious and different, and that actually does describe the book.

7. Across the Universe by Beth Revis – The cover matches the contents of the book very well, and I like that you have to study it closely to see the faces. The outer space background and the tag line accurately represent the book as well. Also wanted to buy this one for the cool reversible cover.

8. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer – This cover is so gorgeous with the lavender color and the flowers. The cover doesn’t actually fit the book that well, and I guess that’s why the covers were redesigned. But, I do prefer this cover overall.

9. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – This cover is so pretty and feminine, and I love the purple, with the forest in the background and the feather. Loved this book inside and out.

10. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain – I like the pop of purple color with the black background and the softness of it overall.

Bonus- Book Titles that caught my attention:

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

What books did you choose for their title or cover?


11 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Bought for the Cover or Title

  1. Tayla says:

    I’m reading Uneatrthly at the moment and I also love the cover! Except the cover I have is the Australian version (I think). But I love the cover you have here as well.

  2. All great covers. I window shop books. Cover is attractive then I’ll pick it up and read the back.

  3. Angel says:

    I can’t believe I forgot about Mara Dyer! That cover was so pretty and intriguing.

  4. Chey says:

    All of these are gorgeous covers! I was tempted to buy Sea a while ago but I wasn’t sure if I’d like it.

  5. Wonderful list! All of these books are awesome looking! I’ve had most of them on tbr list for some time now.

    Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. bookchelle says:

    All of these covers are so lovely. I totally support every single purchase based on these covers alone. I haven’t read all of these books, but the covers are drawing me in. I might have to stop by the bookstore and check these out.

    Also, what a great meme! Maybe I’ll sign up to participate.

    Thanks for the great post! Now, it’s time to spend some money on books.

  7. Great list! Adore the covers, especially ATU 🙂

  8. cathy says:

    I almost put Unearthly on my list too. It’s so hard with so many beautiful covers out there. Here’s my Top Ten

  9. Michele says:

    Ooh good selection! All such gorgeous covers.. Wither is definitely one that would be on my list too…

  10. iceybooks says:

    Imaginary Girls has a really pretty cover, and so does Unearthly, which I still have to read. AtU and Wither are simply gorgeous! Great picks, Lucy!

  11. Kelsey W. says:

    I love those covers, they’re very eye catching, especially Entangled to me for some reason 🙂 I need to read them all lol.

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