Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
Topic for this week at TB&TB: Top Ten Favourite Covers of Books I’ve Read.
I did have the thought that if this were for my favourite book covers including books I haven’t read, this would be a vastly different list. Some would remain on it, but there are quite a few books on my seemingly endless TBR pile that have the most gorgeous and intriguing of covers. I’ve explained beneath the pictures why I particularly like the cover of the book. (Or that version of the cover in some cases.) In any case, on with the list!
1. The Lunatic Cafe – Laurell K. Hamilton. I love the ‘red cover’ of this book. It’s just quirky with the shelves and a mish-mash of things with that look like they might belong in a place called ‘The Lunatic Cafe’. It just suited the book quite well, especially the bones.
2. Nefertiti’s Heart – A. W. Exley. The Heart is a key part of the novel, and this gives a visual to the words in the book. It’s also used in a slightly stylised version at the start of each chapter, so the theme is carried through the book nicely. It’s also an awesome steam-punk design, and partly what drew me to the book in the first place.
3. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern. This is one of those covers that matches the feel of the book. The Circus itself is entirely black and white, but Reveres (people who are dedicated to visiting the Circus as often as they can) all wear an item on red on their person to identify themselves to others. It’s just gorgeous.
4. Of Poseidon – Anna Banks. The book is about Syrena (mermaids, technically, although don’t call them that) and the girl half swimming half floating inthe water just suits the books overall theme. Also I just thought this was a pretty cover.
5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs. The cover is a quirky and peculiar as the children in the story. It’s one of those weird vintage photos that look like they were Photoshopped in a time before Photoshop. Just some very clever photography involved.
6. Hunger – Jackie Morse Kessler. The scales of balance for the rider who is famine. She/he must take away, but must also give back in order to keep the scales balanced. It’s just a very simple, but nicely done cover that utilises a key piece of imagery that is also used throughout the book.
7. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherynne M. Valente. It was actually the cover image that made me pick this book up in the first place. I was trying to figure out if the little girl with the key was locking the wyvern up or unlocking his chains. It’s a key scene later in the book.
8. My Soul To Take – Rachel Vincent. This really makes you wonder what the book is about. Is she inhaling the smoke? Is she screaming? What is she doing? Having read all but the last book in the series, the whole banshee thing is nicely represented in this image, whilst still leaving you guessing until you read it.
9. Vision in White – Nora Roberts. This is just one of those covers that is pretty, but doesn’t actually have a girl in a dress running somewhere (eventhough there is a girl in a dress onthe cover, so to speak). It’s a beautiful wedding photo, and I could imagine a bride having a similar photo taken.
10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling. Aww Harry, look at him getting ready to get on the Hogwarts Express still naive about the epic adventures awaiting him at Hogwarts. I like the kids covers much more than the so-called ‘adults’ ones that were available at the time. The released covers now are quite nice though.