Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday : Book Covers I Dig

They say not to judge a book by it's cover but we all do it. I passed Twilight countless times at the bookstore, always glancing at it's alluring cover wondering what it might be about before I finally picked it up. Recommendations are a great way to find a book to read but there's something to be said for judging a book by it's cover and being happily surprised by what's inside.

10. Blankets by Craig Thompson
I fought Adam on this recommendation for a while because it's a graphic novel and I wasn't on board just yet. But I couldn't resist to cover. The drawings, the color, the simplistic nature of it. All of it sucked me in. Fantastic book!

9. Beastly by Alex Finn
My theme, you'll notice, is I love simplistic covers. Looking at this cover, if you know anything about fairy tales, you don't even need to read the back. It's clearly a take on Beauty and The Beast. From the rose to the thorny font to the title itself. It makes a clear statement.

8. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Clearly dark, potentially violent from the looks of it and yet it's smiling at you. A perfect cover for good old Dexter, your friendly neighborhood serial killer.

7. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
This cover gives me chills. Maybe it's the font or the harsh red on black. Or maybe it's because I know what's inside. Either way, it's a frightening looking cover fit for a frightening account.

6. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
This isn't the cover I own (mine is a movie tie-in that is still pretty cool) but I just love it! Bold title and the sprinkling of all the little pills (or dolls rather).

5. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
Once again my love of simplicity has me taken with this one. Love the lowercase font and honestly I've always been fond of seeing 'a novel' put below a title. Seriously, read this book. Don't see the movie.

4. Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell
This is book two in the Carrie Diaries series. I've yet to read it but I adore this cover. The best part is something you'll have to trek to Barnes & Nobel for, it's the way it feels. It's textured to feel like a stitched leather purse! Book one has a similar cover but this far surpasses it.

3. Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Illustrated by John Tenniel
This isn't the original cover it's a 1986 version but it's the version that I like best. John Tenniel's drawings throughout the entire book are fantastic and iconic and I just love that the cover is in color. My girlfriend is a teacher and has a poster of Tenniel's Alice drawings in her classroom and she calls it her stoner detector! So true, so true. 

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gatsby couldn't stay off of my top ten lists if he tried! I don't know what to say about this cover besides the fact that I LOVE it! It's such a beautiful drawing, so haunting and yet inviting. Sigh, I love it.

1. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
When I first got this book I couldn't wait to read it due to it's cover. The simplicity (of course) of the line drawing of a beauty queen marred by a splattering of what...? Paint? Blood? Makeup? I had to find out! READ THIS BOOK! 

1 comment:

  1. Those are amazing book covers! I think my favorite has to be Blankets though. I remember the first time I saw that cover. I thought it was amazing in beauty and art. It literally could have hung in an art museum. :)