Judging A Book By Its Cover: My Top Ten Favorites

We’ve all heard the expression, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” in reference towards unjustly making assumptions about people based on their appearance. But to be frank, where books are concerned, I definitely judge. Granted it is through the summary of the story that I ultimately decide whether I will read the book or not, but an interesting cover is what gets me to reach out and pull the book off the shelf to read that summary. So today I decided that instead of sharing some of my favorite books, I will share some of my favorite book covers.

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  1. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

The last book cover in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy is my favorite of the three books. The intense look of the model promises battles, and I especially love the overlapping antlers.

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  1. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red shows Little Red Riding Hood like you’ve never seen her before when she and her sister become werewolf hunters. The interlocking pattern of the sisters and the wolf in this cover is simply amazing, and the red and black colors provide an intense contrast.

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  1. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

This spaghetti western is a good pick for fans of the movie True Grit. The gorgeous cover of the flowers, bones, and revolvers combines beautiful colors and artistry.

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  1. Jackaby by William Ritter

Jackaby is definitely one of my current top favorite books, being a story about a detective who is a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who. The profile of Jackaby overlapping with the street view and mysterious, vibrant woman is sheer brilliance.

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  1. Shifting by Bethany Wiggins

Less is more with this cover for a book about a shapeshifter. The black-and-white colored braid turning slowly into a golden snake is eerie . . . in a good way.

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  1. After Hello by Lisa Mangum

Sam and Sara’s quest in New York City to find a unique piece of art for a spoiled drama queen is beautifully shown on the cover of this book. The overlapping images of the map, city scene, photos, and other designs really depict the feel of the story.

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  1. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodges

You’ve never seen Beauty and the Beast like this before in Cruel Beauty, where the beauty is an assassin meant to kill the beast of a demon lord. As you can see, the cover is jaw dropping as it blends a spiraling staircase with a beautiful red rose.

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  1. Illusions Of Fate by Kiersten White

Magic and destiny intertwine in the land of Albion throughout this tale. The flock of ravens flying from the teacup painting into reality is stunning, and I love Jessamin’s smile because it looks like she is hiding a secret.

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  1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races is a story of magical realism and tradition, and its paperback cover matches Stiefvater’s brilliant, poetic writing. The red, wave-like strokes perfectly depict the wild, violent horses that arise from the Scorpio Sea in this story.

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  1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Not only is Shatter Me one of my favorite books for its story, characters, and unique writing style, but also for its gorgeous cover. The foliage eyelashes are so unusual and gorgeous, and the cover also sports one of my favorite taglines: “My touch is lethal. My touch is power.”

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Do you have some favorite books covers? Share them in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

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