TTT: Judging A Book By Its Cover

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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?


  1. My least favorite is when the book has the movie poster as the cover. blech. I just won't buy it like that.

    Speaking of books that become movies... have you read Enders Game? It's going to be made into a movie this fall and it is an ahhhmmazzzing book. Think you would enjoy it!

  2. Great list, we share some though I have the other Night Circus cover.

  3. I almost put the Night Circus and Water for Elephants on my list too. That Matched cover is very cool.


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