Each week the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish host a Top Ten list based on a certain bookish topic. Other bloggers are able to join in and post their own top ten answers. Here are my answers to:
Top ten books I bought because of their covers:
1.PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.
I love everything about this cover, and when I saw it on the bookshelf at Angus and Robertson I knew I had to have it, regardless of whether or not I liked the whole "mish-mashing of classics with 'new-age' ideas" craze that was happening at the time. (I do now.)
2. A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY, by Libba Bray
It's such a simple, fitting concept. Altogether the photograph is lovely, as it the model's pose. It definitely caught my eye, especially since it's coupled with such a great title. (See what I did there?)
3. WILDWOOD DANCING, by Juliet Marillier
Have you ever seen anything so enchanting? The colours are gorgeous, and her hair, her hair. All the details are just so beautiful. And of course the book itself is fantastic.
4. IMAGINARY GIRLS, by Nova Ren Suma
The angle of the photo, the red ribbon wrapped around her arm, the blurred text: all those things intrigued me. What did they symbolize? Did they symbolize anything at all? Then when I flipped the book over and read the synopsis I immediately wanted to go home and read it, because it just sounded so amazing.
5. GHOSTGIRL, by Tonya Hurley
There is something undeinably fun about this cover, in an almost morbid kind of way. I think what got me the most was the silhouette - presumably of "Ghostgirl" herself - with her crazy hair, and the actual size of the book. It was so different to anything I had come across before.
6. THE GHOST'S CHILD, by Sonya Hartnett
It's whimsical, and pretty, and I love how there are only a few colours that have been used. Bonus points for the fact that it's hardcover.
7. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA (1-7), by C.S Lewis
I had already read all seven books individually prior to purchasing this particular omnibus version, which I simply couldn't resist when I saw the cover. Just look at the lion (Aslan), and how his mane is made of fiery-looking swirls.
8. TWILIGHT, by Stephenie Meyer
It's such a simple cover: a pair of pales hands holding an apple, and yet... There is something undeniably captivating about it. And of course there is the great combination of white, black and red which has become very popular.
9. PRETTY MUCH EVERY POPULAR PENGUIN THERE IS, by various authors
They're $9.99, for one thing. And they're retro orange. I adore retro orange. I have a stack of these, even though I have plenty of other copies.
10. EVERY (ADULT) CLOTHBOUND PENGUIN THERE IS, by various authors
They're so, so, so pretty. And hardcover. When I first saw them, taking up a whole wall just by themselves at Borders, it was as though someone had gone into my head, combined my love of hardcovers, classics, patterns and colour and created these. They're books made in heaven.