Top Ten Tuesday: Never judge a book by its cover.

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

August 9: Top Ten Tuesday REWIND — go back and do a topic you missed over the years or recently or a topic you really want to revisit

After going through the list of previous Top Ten lists I’ve decided to go with Favorite Covers which was the fifth TTT on the list, although I do believe it has been done several times over the years.  My little caveat to this week’s list is that I am only going to select covers I like from books I have not read yet. Yes, I am going to be judging books simply upon their covers.  Not going to take any of the synopsis or any consideration for author into picking these covers.  I am just going to share the ones I like.  Small confession, I usually don’t give a rat’s ass about covers.  Oh sure there are some I really just don’t get or care for, but most of the time cover art adds or subtracts nothing towards my feeling about a book. They are just a means to catch a reader’s attention and get us to pick up that book amongst all the others available to us on a shelf.  So shall we begin.

Ten covers I dig on books I’ve yet to read.

  1. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend  This book has a variety of covers for the different releases of the title, I have to say this is my favorite and the one I’m glad I own.  The hard cover version was too busy and the color scheme a little garish.  This version is quaint and fitting for what I believe the feel of the book will be.  I like the font and the warm blue paint on the clap board siding gives it a warm feeling.  It is a simple but lovely cover.
  2. Immortal Nights (Argeneau, #24) Okay, hello, my name is Amy and I read romance.  A lot of romance and they often features half naked men on the cover.  It just goes with the genre and yes, it is probably all kinds of sexist and wrong in other ways.  Still I have to say I enjoy some of the covers, like this one.  Yep, he sure is pretty.
  3. The God Engines I thought this cover was interesting and fit the title nicely.  The colors are pleasing and it makes me curious about the plot.
  4. The Emperor's Knife (Tower and Knife Trilogy, #1) While going through the covers that I had on my to-read shelf I noticed that the ones with bluish tones caught my eye more often than not. Strange since my favorite color is purple (if you hadn’t guessed) I guess there are just more blue covers than purple ones. This may be a fairly typical cover for a fantasy novel but it is still nice.
  5. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) Ms. Maas often has nice covers for her books.  I enjoy how the main character is always portrayed as the kick-ass heroine she is.  On this cover I enjoy the pop of color in the flames that coordinates with the author’s name.  Good balance.
  6. Angel of Death I believe this is a self published author.  If that is the case this is one of the best covers I’ve ever seen on an indie book.  It is beautiful.
  7. The Scribe (Irin Chronicles, #1) Okay I might have selected this book because Istanbul is featured on the cover, I love that city.  I also like the tattoo on the back of the figure featured on the cover too.  A little drab on the color palate, but still a lovely cover.
  8. Rook The pop of color in the title and feather made me pick this one.  It catch your eye and then you start looking at more of the details of the picture and wonder how Paris might have ended up like that.  Well done.
  9. Dark Wolf (Spirit Wild, #1)  Yes, more eye candy. But, I also like how the cover is laid out.  The muted background and the details shown in the coat he wears. It works, it caught my attention and not just for his pecks.
  10. The Water Knife I liked this one, the simplicity.  It is a great example that a cover doesn’t need to be flashy and busy to catch a reader’s attention.  Sometimes just playing with the title and font can draw a reader in.

Well there you have my list for this week.  What do you like in a cover?  Does it matter to you? Share in the comments.


4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Never judge a book by its cover.

  1. Lol, well, hello, Mr. Man emerging out of the water. I may not know what the purpose is or why you’re taking a midnight swim in a book cover, but you are fabulous. (Also, I’ve been watching too many Olympics swimming events these past few days, and shirtless men are lovely).

    Some of these covers are definitely something I’d pick up solely because of the covers!


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