Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten favourite/least favourite book covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and has a different subject every week. This week’s subject is is actually ‘top ten favourite/least favourite cover trends’, but seeing as I couldn’t come up with any trends I like or dislike, I decided to do something different. Going through the books on my shelves, I picked out the books with my favourite and least favourite covers. Which might also be a list of things I like or dislike in a cover.

Let’s start off with my favourite covers:

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The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Unhinged by A.G. Howard
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer.

I don’t really have any special reasons I love these covers, other than the fact that they are gorgeous. I love the fonts, the colours, ugh I just love these covers. Out of these, I think my favourite is the one from the Dead and the Gone, because look. at. that. moon. Wow. The series these books belong to all have gorgeous covers and I can’t wait to own them all (still waiting for the paperback release of the fourth Last Survivors book and the second Land of Stories book)! Though I would rather not have people on the cover, because I want to imagine the way they look myself, I do love the cover of Unhinged, because it’s just incredibly gorgeous. Yeah, I have a weakness for gorgeous covers. (Yes I know, I used four of these in my ‘top ten covers i’d frame as pieces of art’ already, that’s how much I love these covers).

And here are my least favourite covers:

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden.

I liked this Delirium cover at first, until I found out that the original covers were much prettier. Unfortunately this was the only cover they had at that time, and I still haven’t sold/given away this one to get myself the proper version (which would also match my Pandemonium cover, oh well). The next three, are movie tie-ins, or well, the Hobbit one looks a lot like the movie tie-in, though still slightly different, but I just put it with the movie tie-ins because yeah, though I really love seeing Bilbo standing in the doorway of Bag end, I would just rather see a simple cover like my Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion books. So like Delirium, I am planning on buying the cover that matches my other Tolkien books, though I am never giving this one away, because it’s signed.

And VA and TBitSP are both actual movie tie-ins, which I really really dislike. Unfortunately for me, these were the only covers available at the moment, and they were also cheaper than the original covers (though I wouldn’t have minded paying a bit more for the original covers, I didn’t really have enough money for them at that moment). And Morgen toen de Oorlog Begon, or Tomorrow When the War Began is just kind of an abomination. This is the version I got from school in 2006, and because of the cover and the fact it’s a school approved book, I was very reluctant to read it (I thought it would be a chick lit because of the sunny looking couple on the front cover and the overload of pink). It turned out to be something completely different, and I loved it to bits. But that cover, ugh.

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And I thought it would be nice to show you the book series that in my opinion have some of the best covers ever. The Dutch Harry Potter books. I love that these never show the face of the person on the cover, which makes you able to imagine the characters the way you want, not the way they’re pictured on the cover (yeah this is why I don’t like people on the cover, but Unhinged is an exception). Unfortunately, I only own five out of seven now, but I am planning on getting the other two secondhand soon!