Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Top Ten Favourite Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is a Rewind, and I decided to do my favourite book covers.

1. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. For some reason I'm really big on covers that made almost entirely out of the title, like No One Is Here Except All Of Us or In The Woods.  It's also very cool how little things from the book appear on the cover. It's all very fitting for this adult fairy tale.

2. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. Again, a cover where most of it is made of the title. I love all of Jonathan Safran's covers, especially Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, since I like the text and similarity to the cover for Everything Is Illuminated. I also like how the cover was inspired by a character in the book who cannot speak and writes 'yes' and 'no' on his hands to communicate.

3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I love this cover to death. I love how it shows the horse from the carousel and the city in the background and I just love the colours as well. A cover that will never look dated.

4. Looking for Alaska by John Green. John just posted about this cover the other day and how there wasn't originally supposed to be a candle, just the smoke. I always kind of assumed it was supposed to be from one of the candles Alaska's always playing with in the book, but cigarette smoke makes sense. I also love this cover of Looking For Alaska, which I really want to own.

5. It's Kind of a Funny Story. I kept going to Chapters to buy this book and only found the movie cover, and since I hate all movie covers I waited until I found this edition. Aside from being very pretty, the cover references the mind maps Craig makes in the book.

6. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. I love Carson Ellis so it's no surprise that I love the cover for The Mysterious Benedict Society. I also adore her cover for Wildwood, although her illustrations were the best thing about the book. The rest of the books in the Mysterious Benedict series are illustrated by Diana Sudyka, and although I prefer her Reynie I just love Carson Ellis' Cover.

7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The first cover on this list that I don't own (and need.) This is the Penguin Deluxe Edition and looks as if it were sewn. I own a copy of Emma in this edition which is also very beautiful (x). You can see them all here.

8. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. I want this book so badly. I love these Puffin Classics since they're so beautiful and simplistic. The Peter Pan one is probably my favourite, but they're all so beautiful. I also like the cloth Puffin Classics for adults.

9. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I love these paperback Puffin Classics, two of which I just bought (x). While the last thing I need is another copy of Alice, I love the style and illustrations of this cover, and how it updated the original while still sticking to the basic idea. You can see some more of them here.

10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. I really like the US cover for GoF since it shows Harry in the way I picture him in the earlier books. I really just love how bright and magical this cover looks. I also love the back of the US Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince because Ron and Hermione look kind of like like I picture them. The Hermione on the cover of the UK Deathly Hallows is exactly how I picture Hermione.

11. The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina. I'm going to do one extra for good luck. This is the only book on the list I haven't read, but I just adore this cover. I have a thing for silhouette covers, like the one for The Whole Truth. The colours and design are so beautiful, and it's enough to make me want to check out this book.


  1. I think the text can really make a cover. It's hugely important.

    I loveee The Mysterious Benedict Society. I love everything about it! (I still need to read it, ahh.).

    I also love the daisy Looking for Alaska too. I hope you can find a copy!

    Divergent would definitely be on my list!

    1. I love the Divergent cover! I think I might like Insurgent better though. They're both so cool.

  2. I love the Mysterious Benedict Society cover. I was drawn to it too and the story was pretty good.

  3. I LOVE the cover for The Secret Garden. I have not seen that one before, and I'd love to own a copy with that cover. It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing it...I'll be looking for it.



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