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Top Ten Tuesday: The Cover Edition

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! It’s the day where I write about ten book-ish things that make me happy.

Today’s prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl is all about book covers, specifically redesigns. I’ll admit, I don’t follow that part of a book’s life so my spin on this is my top ten books that I have judged and bought based on their covers.

Because really, we’re all guilty of that. Right??

Here goes, in no particular order…

  1. Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
  2. The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
  3. Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
  4. Blindness by Jose Saramago
  5. The Nix by Nathan Hill
  6. Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
  7. Lot by Bryan Washington
  8. All The Lives We Ever Lived by Katharine Smyth
  9. The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
  10. Recursion by Blake Crouch

So while we are taught never to judge a book by its cover, I’m relatively successful doing so. Cover art is a huge part of the publishing process and for good reason.

Because I can’t be the only creative-type falling in love with a book cover and then buying the book. 

The funny thing – most of the time I really enjoy the book. And that makes me wonder about the science behind cover designs.

What was the last book you judged and bought based on the cover? Did you enjoy the book?

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!




  • lydiaschoch

    I definitely decide to pick up a book based on the cover, but the blurb is what ultimately makes me decide what to read it. I think it’s fascinating that you respond even more strongly to book covers. Have you ever picked up an “ugly” book and decided to read it anyways?

    My TTT.

    • jj3nkinson

      That’s an interesting question! I think because art is so subject, yes I have read plenty of “ugly” books. There are times that I see people getting so excited about cover art and I just don’t get it. So maybe I’m the one really reading the ugly books? 😉

  • Valerie S.

    The most recent book I read due to the cover was The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins. A cozy image that includes books? I’m sold! I enjoyed the book which appears to be somewhat of a departure from the author’s previous books, most of which have “very traditional romance” covers. :o)

  • Debbie

    I am a HUGE fan of cover art. I am so guilty of picking up books and not even reading the synopsis just knowing “I want that book on my shelf”. Most of the time, it works out that I actually like the book too but sometimes not. My favorite cover so far this year is The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams.

    • jj3nkinson

      I completely agree! I have that book too and I got it based on the cover (and the author). There really is something to cover art and some sort of science behind it.

  • Jessica at Booked J

    These are all PERFECT reasons to judge a book by their cover. I’m still obsessed with that design for The Female Persuasion. And Gingerbread. And I’m going to stop myself before I merely parrot back every book on your list because you totally get the point. Great picks–love your twist!

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