Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Top Ten Tuesdays: Books Whose Titles Or Covers Made Me Buy It

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This is my first time participating and I'm super excited! :)  (Titles lead to my review, if one has been written.  Pictures lead to Goodreads.)  I feel like I never really buy a book just for the covers (there's always another motive, whether less or more than the cover), but these covers played a big part in why I bought these books...  Enjoy!  (The covers are not in any special order...)

1.  Sylvie and the Songman by Tim Binding.  I seriously love this cover.  It's what caught my eye when I saw it in the bookstore, and the synopsis made it even better.  But still, the cover captivated me like none other.  I asked for it for my birthday and got it - and to this day it is one of my all-time favorite books!

2.  Wildwood by Colin Meloy.  Ok, so not only was I BEYOND excited that one of my all-time favorite singers and songwriters had written a children's book, but this cover was so ridiculously captivating.  It still is.  It's just, the story wasn't as amazing.  More on that with the review...  But either way, Carson Ellis is one talented woman.

3.  Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke.  Ok, I'm a bit of a Funke fan.  A LOT of a Funke Fan.  I get my hands on anything I can of hers.  I've disliked only one of her books that I've read.  The rest were awesome.  The Inkbooks happen to be some of my FAVORITE books in the ENTIRE world.  EVER.  They inspire me every time I read them.  But before I had ever read them...they were just covers.  And boy, are the covers beautiful.  They caught my eye the moment I saw them on a friend's bookshelf, and when I saw them in the store, even though I wasn't that fascinated with the writing or story (yet), I just had to buy them.  I'm so freaking glad I did.

4.  Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel.  When I read Airborn and Skybreaker, I fell in love.  I'm still in love.  With Matt Cruise.  'Cause he's amazing.  And with the covers of these books.  'Cause they're beautiful.  This cover, however, is by far the best.  The way the stars cover the sky in their sheer numbers, and the way Matt and Kate are running in a field beneath all the colors of the gorgeous night time sky...  I mean, who doesn't want a giant poster of this on their wall?  Or the ceiling, to stare up at at night.  And not only that, but these books rock my socks off.

5.  Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.  Before Lauren Oliver, I didn't know I could cry for so long about a book.  Sure, I cry every time I read Inkspell, or Sapphique.  But this was different.  This was like, heart/gut-wrenching sobs for 45 minutes straight.  That was Delirium.  Then I knew that I must read Before I Fall THIS INSTANT before I dropped dead.  But look at that cover.  I mean, seriously.  It's gorgeous.  And thought-provoking.  In fact, this wins the award for most thought-provoking cover.  What is going on in her head?  What thoughts are crossing the depths of her mind as she lies in the grass, her eyes unreadable?  Why is she going to fall?  What has she done?  So I guess both the cover and title had something to do with me buying this book.  And the fact that Lauren Oliver is...Lauren Oliver.

6.  The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby.  My sister and I saw this book at Borders a while ago and decided to use our 40% off coupon on it.  The cover totally entranced us both and I'm so glad we bought it!

7.  The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen.  The cover and the title were definitely huge deciding factors when I purchased this book.  I loved the picture because, well, I would love to live there and in that time.  And the title sounds so mysterious, like there is something unusual about the girl.  Which there was.  But unfortunately, I didn't find the book all that amazing.

8.  Entwined by Heather Dixon.  Honestly, I'd be surprised to find this one NOT on someone's list.  This cover is absolutely one of the most charming covers EVER.  Look at her dress (dirty but BEAUTIFUL and flowy), and her hair, and the flowers surrounding it.  And the castle in the background.  There is no resisting this cover.  I grin every single stinking time I see it.  No joke. :D

9.  Reckless by Cornelia Funke.  Obviously, I have a thing for Cornelia.  I really liked this book (although, it's not as incredible as the Inkbooks), and the cover took me in completely.  It's so intricate and confusing and beautiful and dark and captivating, all in one.  How can I refuse?

10.  Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.  This was more for the name.  I instantly LOVED the name Jonathan Strange.  Norrell is cool, too, but the last name Strange immediately caught my eye.  I have yet to read this book but I've heard great things!

And there you are, my Top Ten for this Tuesday.  Link me up to your posts so I can see what you all said! :Anyone else have the same covers on your list?  :)

1 comment:

  1. We didn't have any in common this week, but I definitely want to check out The Clockwork Three. Thanks for the rec.
    Here's my TTT http://novelminded.blogspot.com/2011/10/top-ten-tuesday-3.html