Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover?*

Why not? I often pick up books with catchy, or beautiful covers. I have found some great books this way. Yes, that's not always the case, and some of the best books have unassuming or even ugly covers** but taking a risk on a pretty "face" is often too much fun to pass up. (Just remember, buyer beware, I may pick up a book with a pretty cover but I very rarely buy without knowing more.)

It's another Top Ten Tuesdays Ladies and Gents, and here are my top 10 6 books I picked up just because they were pretty.

Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books1.Dangerous Angels: My first Francisca Lia Block and I ended up addicted to her dreamy, gauzy faerie filled world.

2. Lamb: I was drawn in by this novel on the new release shelf because it was printed like a Bible, but it was marketed as a humor novel. I adore this story. I love the humor, I love the lessons, I love the journey. I know Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Palit's just a fiction novel but I wish this was embraced by the Christian community to take out some of the fanaticism and enforce the basic life message the religion was built upon. I don't want to offend any Christians (like my family), but if Biff really was Christ's childhood friend, and this was included to fill in those missing years in the Bible, it would make Christianity much more human, relatable and appealing.

3. A Great and Terrible Beauty: Beautiful covers, beautiful writing, and a beautiful world. A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)

4.Speak Speak: The tree, the secret; gorgeous and dark cover just like the story.
5.Uglies: A natural beauty on the cover of a book called Uglies, Uglies (Uglies, #1)how could I not be intrigued to pick this up? And thank God (Or whomever you thank for things) that I did pick this up because no one builds worlds like Scott Westerfield in all of YA, and without this cover I never would have discovered that.
6.The Blue Girl (Newford, #15) The Blue Girl: I saw this during my obsession with faerie stories. I had to buy a book with a punk cover in my favorite color about faeries. I'm glad I did it was wonderful.

*TBTB Top Ten Tuesday
** It isn't the Authors' fault, they generally have no say in choosing the cover.


  1. Ooh "Speak" is my favorite cover from your list - all are fantastic covers!

  2. Great and Terrible beauty has often caught my attention at the bookstore. Such a beautiful cover!

  3. The Great and Terrible Beauty series caught my eye too! That was actually why I bought the first book, because of the cover, since I hadn't heard anything about the story when it first came out. I'm so glad I did because the story was just as good in my opinion.

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves
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  4. I didn't include this* because I just bought it and don't know if it will be as good as I hope, but... Hourglass by Myra McEntire. It is my cover of the year, beautiful.

    I, apparently, can't put links or pictures in comments, but look up this cover, it's worth it.

  5. For some reason, I just don't see many book bloggers mentioning Francesca Lia Block! She's my favorite author. :D I also bought The Blue Girl when I was in 8th grade or so just because of the cover. Great list!