Top Ten Favorite Book Covers

There are lots of great book covers out there that make you just want to rip the book off the shelf and start reading wherever the book falls open. Then, there are others that make you never want to pick the book up ever. And finally, there are those that are just, to put it concisely, “meh.” I think most book covers fall into that category, so it might be difficult for me to come up with ten “Favorites.” I think a better title for this post would be “Ten Book Covers I Think Are Okay” but it’s Tuesday so we gotta get the “Top Ten” in there somewhere. Anyway.

  1. Harry Potter. Well, he shows up quite a bit on these lists, doesn’t he? Luckily for you—or is it?—I’m not going to be lame and use all seven Harry Potter books for the first seven covers (although I did rather strongly consider it), even though they are all beautifully drawn and pretty intriguing. At least, the US versions are. I don’t know much about the UK versions. Friends and fellow bloggers who know/have seen both: Which ones do you like better?
  2. Pride and Prejudice. I like old-timey-looking books, and this one’s pretty old-timey.
  3. Emma. One of the prettier Dover Thrift Editions that Andrew bought when he took a Jane Austen class in college.
  4. Gone With The Wind. I guess my edition is pretty nice.
  5. The Book Thief. I like the photo of the dominos.
  6. 11/22/63. I really like the concept, especially because the back cover is a fake newspaper article about JFK escaping assassination.
  7. 1984. It’s kind of a creepy cover, what with it being an eyeball, but cool!
  8. Words Words Words. I read this one for a linguistics class in college called (surprise) Studies in Words. I like the cover because the letters are formed by people! What can I say, I’m a sucker for gimmicks.
  9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I kinda find it interesting that there is neither a Lion, nor a Witch, nor a Wardrobe on my cover. Athough I think the cover of the edition that I read is a tribute to the picture that made C. S. Lewis write the books in the first place, so that’s pretty cool!
  10. The Hunger Games. I really want a mockingjay pin like on the cover!

(Note: I really wanted to include actual images of the covers, but the post editor was not having it. Thus, the links are either to my own reviews that include the image of the cover, or in the cases of books I haven’t reviewed, the links go straight to the image of the cover.)

Are there any books that you’ve been particularly attached to because they were attractive copies? This list was hard for me to write because I don’t generally buy books because I like the covers, and don’t usually feel much affinity for them either—it’s sort of like, “Whatever, just let me read the story, already.” What do you think?

This weekly meme courtesy of the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish.

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5 thoughts on “Top Ten Favorite Book Covers

  1. I own the UK and US editions of the books and they’re distinct styles. I probably love the US version a bit more because of the whimsy Marie Gran Prix brings to the covers (and more importantly the chapter headings). The UK versions I think are quintessentially British – they’re clean and somewhat quirky. What I find most interesting are the ‘adult’ versions they made of the books. As far as I’m aware they only made books 1-3 in America (like this http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Potter-Chamber-Secrets-Book/dp/0439420105) but in the UK they did full hardback and paperback versions. It was weird (to me).

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