Today’s Top 5 Wednesday pick is one I didn’t like so I have chosen to bypass that for an older topic that is a bit more my style at the moment. Said topic happens to be “cover buys” aka those books that we purchase solely because of the cover. I interpreted this to mean those that are insanely pretty or intriguing.
Although, when I was compiling my list, I think most of my books fell on the pretty side of the scale.
Anyway, before I start rambling too much, let’s see what they are:
And it is good going on my part that only one of these books remains unread – The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. To be honest, I don’t know if I will ever read it but it is one of those books I’m not ready to part with.
If there is one book to recommend, then I would instantly go for The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. I did a Standalone Sunday post for it back in April, but it is one of those books that constantly needs to be talked about because it is just as beautiful inside as it is on the outside, and I don’t hear anyone talking about it! Originally written for a middle-grade (age 9-13) audience, this book has a universal appeal due to its themes of love, loss, friendship, ignorance and fear. Dealing with a heavy subject like leprosy takes great sensitivity and respect, and I believe Kiran Millwood Hargrave does that excellently. Her writing is also poetic, lyrical, and a joy to read. Even if you don’t read many middle-grade books, I would highly recommend giving this a try.
Another surprising read on this list is the Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild. It was also a Standalone Sunday post back in February but similarly to the post for The Island at the End of Everything, it gives more of a plot summary than my own opinions. I liked this book because it went in directions I wasn’t expecting and the romance was downplayed. One might say that the romance is a little predictable and anticlimactic but I liked that it was slow going because I was able to experience that journey alongside the characters. Also, it was interesting to read a story set in the art world as it is a world I am not at all familiar with. I got similar vibes with The Muse by Jessie Burton and I think that is one of the reasons why I liked that book a lot as well.
Huh, I didn’t actually set out to make recommendations when I started writing this post but it does feel good to mention those books that were pleasantly surprising.
Moving on from that, my favourite covers are probably those for The Island at the End of Everything, The Muse, and also Rebel of the Sands. The latter is a lot prettier when you see it in its physical form because the gold and teal design shimmers in the light and it’s very eye-catching. In fact, all the covers for that series are incredible:
I know I have only read Rebel of the Sands so far but I do think that whoever designed the covers has understood the spirit of the books and implemented that in their artwork. I also feel like I don’t want to read Traitor to the Throne until Hero at the Fall comes out because when it comes to books, I can be very impatient.
Before I digress even further:
The Island at the End of Everything and The Muse.
I suppose the contrast between them is that one is quite simple, the other has a lot going on but they both work well. They also take the themes of the story into consideration and I appreciate that a lot.
I actually didn’t mean to do a lot of rambling on this post so I will leave that there. I suppose once I get started talking about books that are at the top of my head and still memorable, there is no stopping me.
Out of my selection, what are your favourite covers?
Have you ever purchased a book simply because of its cover?
Thanks for reading and have a good day!