Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I've Read (24)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:00 AM
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every Tuesday, book bloggers post a top ten list based on a bookish theme. This week's Top Ten Tuesday is...

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers of Books I've Read

I know, I know. You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover. You might miss out on an amazing story if you do. But it takes a lot of convincing for me to buy a book with a cover I don't like. In fact, I've bought many books because of their stunning covers. Well, that's not the only deciding factor. The book has to have a unique premise as well. Unfortunately, the book isn't always as good as the cover suggests. But at least I have a lovely book cover to look at! Here's some of my favorite covers...


1. The Harry Potter series - The old covers have a nostalgic feel for me because the Harry Potter books were and continue to be such a wonderful reading experience for me. The characters remained with me long after I'd finished the books, and I love how the new covers keep the magic of this series alive.



2. Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier - I'm not usually a fan of book covers with just a girl on them, but for some reason, I fell in love with this cover. I think it's the color scheme and how the girl's bathed in golden light. It has an almost ethereal beauty. And the writing was as beautiful as the cover!

3. Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough - I love creepy anything, and this cover is definitely goosebump worthy. It has all the prerequisites of a spooky cover: scary looking trees, dark colors, and, if you look at the cover in a larger size, you'll notice there's something hiding behind the tree on the left. I love this cover because I'm weird like that, and it's a great match for such a terrifying read!


4. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce - I am crazy about this cover, and it's a perfect fit for a Little Red Riding Hood retelling. I love how the one girl's hair blends into the wolf's fur, giving it a more sinister feel. And that red is so bright and eye-catching!

5. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke - I'm actually cheating because I have yet to read this book, and I need to get on that. It's been sitting on my bookshelf for too long, and this cover is one of the reasons I bought it. It's so pretty! I love the elegant font style, the winding road, and the surrounding countryside fading to black in a creepy way. Must read this soon!



6. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - This cover has to be one of my favorite YA covers ever! It's so exotic and wild! I love it!

7. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness - I gush about this series way too much, but I have to say I love the covers - especially the cover for The Knife of Never Letting Go. For some reason, I'm really into covers where the title takes up the most space. And I'm loving the font style and the words scrawled in the background, which goes perfectly with the Noise that is a constant presence throughout the series!


8. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan - This cover is gorgeous! It definitely has a Gothic feel and a whimsical charm. Sadly, Unspoken is one of those books where I loved the cover, but was disappointed by the story. Oh well. It happens.

9. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand - Apparently, I have a thing for gates on book covers. Once again, this book has that Gothic, creepy feel I love. The font style is also a winner in my book (pun ;) ). And the story itself did not disappoint.


10. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman - I've been slowly working my way through this book, savoring Pullman's retellings of many of the Grimm Fairy Tales. My book has the cover on the right, but I'm also a huge fan on the one on the left. Both perfectly capture the sinister and frightening feel of these dark fairytales.

What about you guys? What are your favorite covers? Let me know in the comments below!






22 comments:

  1. I love the old covers for Harry Potter, too. They're such a big part of my childhood, and I think they'll always be up there at the top of my favourite list. I also totally agree on This is Not a Test...it's such a pretty (and eerie) cover! :) Great list, Courtney!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! Same here! I really need to get around to rereading the Harry Potter books!

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  2. Amazing list! I also love the cover to Long Lankin. I read it.. but it took me forever. The story was great I just felt it was too slow for me. Oh and new follower via gfc & bloglovin!
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    Beth | The Reading Vixens
    Vixen's Top Ten!

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    1. Thanks Beth! And I'm sorry it was a slow read for you. It was a spooky read, but, like you, I did find that some parts dragged.

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  3. I absolutely love your list! Unspoken looks great.

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    1. Thanks Chrissi! You should check it out. You might like it more than I did.

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  4. great list! beautiful covers. i especially love the Grimm Tales, the left cover. so very cool.
    My top 10

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    1. I know! I wish I could have found the book with that cover! Thanks Daphne! :D

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  5. I'm with you on THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO cover. It must have been a really hard book to nail down in cover art. I like the simple illustration on the front and how the wonky title font lets you know there's something more to the story. Genius!

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    1. It is a brillant cover! And I definitely prefer this cover over the other ones for the book.

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  6. I think we have super similar tastes in book covers! I love all your picks.

    Great list!!
    My TTT

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  7. I love the cover of Philip Pullmans' version. Both Long Lankin and Jonathan Strange's covers are so creepy and cool. Unspoken's is so pretty. Cover love. It was so hard to narrow it down. Great list!
    Natflix&Books' TTT

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    1. I know! I probably missed quite a few covers that I love. Thanks Natalie!

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  8. Great list. That is a rather gorgeous copy of Grimm.

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    1. Thanks! and it is definitely is a winner!

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  9. I love the cover for Sisters Red. I totally agree that way everything blends in together is amazing! :)

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    1. Yeah, I never would have come up with a cover that amazing. These designers are brillant!

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  10. YES to HP, Shadowfell (one of JM's few GOOD covers!), Shadow & Bone, Unspoken, The Sky is Everywhere, This is Not a Test, and Eon (one of the ONLY good cover changes too!). Great list, Courtney! :)

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    1. Agreed! Usually, I'm not a fan of cover changes, but Eon was an exception. And you're right. Juliet Marillier's covers are generally not that good, but Shadowfell's is beautiful! Thanks Keertana! :)

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  11. Yesss, LOVE your choices! I'm regretting that I forgot to include the Unspoken cover in my list because I seriously love it (though like you, wasn't in love with the book itself). So disappointed that they redesigned the cover for it. The Knife of Never Letting Go came very close to making it on my list as I also love large lettering and the inclusion of the Noise. Shadow and Bone is an obvious one and so is Sisters Red (though I have not read it and thus couldn't include it in my list). And yes, I love both the new and old HP covers. The old because it's so nostalgic and the new because I think it captures the atmosphere perfectly.

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    1. I'm so happy I'm not alone in my disappointment in Unspoken! I mean I liked it, but I didn't LOVE it like I expected to. Especially with that stunning cover. And I had no idea they redesigned the cover. Where have I been? I'll have to check it out. I'm so happy the new Harry Potter covers are so amazing! They might never carry the nostalgia of the old ones, but I'm happy they didn't mess it up like some other cover redesigns. lol :P

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