10 Books I Bought Because of the Cover #TTT

This month, I’m judging books by their covers! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where each week you write a list of ten particular books.

This week the theme is: books I bought because of [blank].

I went with ‘pretty covers’, because why not? Who hasn’t fallen prey to good design and a special edition hardback? This list was incredibly easy to compile, as all I did was go through the bookshelves and pick out my nicest books.

The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem – ed. Jeremy Noel-Todd

The hardback edition of this book is nothing more than the writing of a poem to demonstrate what’s inside. What more could you want?

Song of Achilles – Madeleine Miller

This further proves the lure of minimalism. I intended to just borrow this book from the library or something, but then I saw this and couldn’t resist. I might have to buy the whole collection…

Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb

This special edition of one of my fave ever books is purple and has a wolf on the cover. What more could you want? (The rest of the series released in a similar format, please.)

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

This, I bought for a gift, so I don’t even get to really admire it, but look at it! Special editions still winning.

Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

You know when you go into a second-hand bookstore and there’s an old, leather bound book that’s a classic you’re probably never going to get around to reading? Yeah that’s what happened here.

Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

This is another book I was just going to borrow from the library or get an ebook of something. But the ART here? Like I still haven’t read this book but it’s position in my TBR pile gives me joy. Such design. Even the font is perfect.

In A Dark Dark Wood – Ruth Ware

This book is pretty indicative of why my judging-by-a-cover doesn’t always work out. E.g. I didn’t enjoy the book that I only bought because I liked its cover design!

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong

As if the story and its lyricism wasn’t good enough, the cover is gorgeous too. It’s the kind of book that fits nicely in your hands and looks great on your bookshelf.

Ariel – Sylvia Plath

A small, well-designed book of hardback poetry is one I can never say no to, thoughts on the actual poetry aside.

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

Once more putting aside whether or not I enjoyed the poetry… I enjoyed the cover! I’m into this all-black soft-cover design. With added bees. (No picture as somehow I’ve misplaced this book just when I need it :/)

Do you ever judge books by their covers? I should stop, really…


  1. Oh I would love that version of Assassin’s apprentice!
    And those collector’s editions of Six of crows are amazing!


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  2. I don’t read much poetry, but wow. I feel like that first book could keep me occupied for a very long time.

    And yes…yes I do know that secondhand bookstore feeling. It’ll get ya every time if you’re not careful. (I am rarely careful.)

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    • It’s hard to be careful when you enter a secondhand bookshop isn’t it? Literally never happens.

      Collected works of poetry are the best because there’s no need to read from page one, or in order, or quickly; it’s just all about the words.


  3. Let’s be honest–the cover and the title are very often what makes or breaks a book. In many situations, I won’t even look at the synopsis if the cover and/or title don’t draw my attention. I know the saying says we’re not supposed to judge by it, but there’s a reason that there is so much onus on the author/editor/publisher/whoever to make sure the cover is eye-catching.
    I quite like some of the simple designs on your list today!

    My TTT

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    • Absolutely agree! There’s a reason the design and marketing teams at publishers are so big, right? Interesting to hear how much the cover of a book impacts your decision to read it – I think I’m the same tbh. Well, judging by this list anyway!

      Yeah you often can’t beat a simple cover design I think!

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