We're always told not to judge a book by its cover. But this week over at The Broke and the Bookish? We're being asked to do (kinda) just that. This week's list is one of the top ten covers of any book you've ever read. And this? This is kind of a daunting task, seeing as I've read quite a few books.
So what I'm going to go for with this list is the top ten books I've read that I picked up primarily by their covers and loved for everything that was encapsulated between them.
1. A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
2. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
3. Kings of Colorado - David E. Hilton
4. Matched - Ally Condie
5. Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen
6. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
7. The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling (UK Edition)
8. Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
10. The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
I really think the cover of a book is incredibly important. It has to give you a visual taste without giving too much away. It has to intrigue you and make you want to flip it over and read the back cover. It has to make sense to the story, and the best ones are the ones that once you've finished reading it you look back and the cover carries so much more meaning than you realized.
I would love to design book covers. Wouldn't you?
Which ones are your favorites?