Top Ten Tuesday (15/09/2020) – Cover Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is a Cover Freebie!

Oooh I do like a themed freebie!

Okay so this week I have decided to do a list of ten books that I have purchased based (mostly) on the cover!!


Who here has not bought a book based solely on the cover??? We are ALL about the aesthetics don’t lie lol!!

(1) Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

I was drawn to the bright covers and retro look of this cover when I stumbled across it in the book shop a few years ago. And I’m so glad I picked it up because it became an all time five star favourite read. I completely lost myself in the atmosphere and storyline of this book, a perfect summer read.

(2) Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka

I love the flowers on this. And the way the girl’s hair is styled. It conjures up feelings of loveliness and prettiness, and made me hope that this book would be a super cute and fluffy romance… it was a super cute read… but ultimately I did find it a little too saccharine and laden with cliche.

(3) Zodiac by Romina Russell

I saw this whole series of books photographed together on Bookstagram some time ago and absolutely fell head over heels for the colour scheme… so I bought the whole series!!!! I still have not yet read the books though because I subsequently read a lot of unenthusiastic reviews….

(4) Lovely Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

I just think this is the most perfect image of snow. It’s so peaceful, so calming…. and it perfectly encapsulates the emotions of the novel. There’s a harshness to the difficult emotions experienced by the MC (so the snowy, cold weather) and there’s a quiet majesty to the prose (the stillness of the photo). A brilliantly underrated contemporary YA in my opinion.

(5) The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

This was always on my TBR because I loved Leslye Walton’s first novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. And I was lucky enough to snag myself an ARC of The Price Guide to the Occult and enjoyed it… so much so that I bought a copy of the book…but I never really liked the cover…

I just don’t like the colour scheme. It’s too fluorescent. And then the UK cover was released and I fell in love with that…. so I bought the UK cover oops!

And now I have two copies of the book along with my eARC copy!

(6) Entwined by Heather Dixon (Wallwork)

This is my all time favourite cover. I am just enchanted by it. I stumbled across the book years ago on Amazon and just bought it knowing nothing about the novel!! And it was a happy day when I ended up enjoying the book as much as I did. It’s a retelling of the fairytale of the Twelve Dancing Princessess.

(7) The Frozen Sea by Piers Torday

It’s the pretty pastel colours. Every single time I fall for them! Still haven’t read this but I have read the first book in the series (when I bought this I did not realise it was a sequel oops! Well more of a companion novel than sequel but still part of a series.)

(8) Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

I’m here for the stunning flowers… sadly I did not love this book though. Found it too difficult to make sense of. Sometimes I find magical realism can be a real hit and miss genre for me.

(9) Heidi by Joanna Spyri, Puffin in Bloom edition

I loved Heidi as a child but wanted a copy for my personal collection… and I thought the Puffin in Bloom covers were gorgeous so treated myself to this.

(10) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Wordsworth Edition

I also loved The Secret Garden as a child and as with Heidi was looking for a copy for my own personal collection. I decided upon this beautiful hard-backed Wordsworth edition. It looks much nicer in reality. This image does not do it justice.

And that’s my TTT of books I bought based on the covers. Have you been influenced similarly when buying books? Let’s chat in the comments below!

41 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (15/09/2020) – Cover Freebie

  1. Awww these covers are gorgeous, Emer! Book cover aesthetics totally persuade me or dissuade me from buying (physical) books all the time. I am apprehensive about the Zodiac series as well, but Romina’s YA Lobizona (published under Romina Garber) is pretty amazing!


  2. Great selections!! I really like the one for always never yours – I think I might look it up. I recently read beautiful ruins and love it so much, glad to see someone else did too! This week was a hard prompt (there were so many options haha) but I really like where you’ve gone with it. Here was my go at this TTT 🙂 :


  3. I am a shameful cover judger-buyer! I really can’t lie 😂 I actually bought Beautiful Ruins (diff cover though) coz I loved the cover but never ended up reading the book LOL I’m such a sucker


  4. Hi Emer. I also loved Heidi and The Secret Garden. My Heidi cover is a green field with Heidi in a red dress, and white clouds in a blue sky. I can’t find The Secret Garden – not I’ll have to ring around to see who I lent it to!


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