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Ten Books I Bought Because I Loved Their Covers

Hello friends, it’s Vera here today and I’m really excited to present today’s post to you! As some of you might know, I abandoned bookstagram a while ago (1-2 years ago at this point) and because I made that decision really rashly, there are a lot of pictures that I never got to post. I’ve always wondered how – if at all – I could use at least some of these pictures and I’m really happy to say that I found a way to use some of them for today’s post.

Today, I will be talking about books I bought for their covers – some I’ve read, others I haven’t yet gotten to – and share how I feel about them. Were they worth buying or not? Find out that and more from my post.

  • Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

I wouldn’t necessarily say that the only reason I bought Courting Darkness was the novel’s cover… but it was a pretty big reason, not going to lie. I love the original His Fair Assassins trilogy, but my favorite character has always been Ismae, so I was a bit sad when I learnt that Courting Darkness and its sequel would concentrate on Sybella. Nonetheless, I purchased the novel right after it was published and I even considered re-purchasing the whole trilogy with their shiny new covers. Smh. As for the content of the book, Courting Darkness wasn’t as good as the original trilogy and while I enjoyed it for the most part, I think it’d have been better had the author left things where they were at the end of book 3.

  • Odd & True by Cat Winters

Odd & True is a weird one because I purchased it after I had already read the book as a digital ARC. There are three reasons I purchased it but let’s be honest, the gorgeous cover is the main one. Firstly, like I said, I love this book and I could see myself rereading it one day, so the practical thing was to purchase it. Secondly, I love Cat Winters and wanted to support her by buying her novel. Thirdly, I needed to have that cover on my shelves… so I do. In any case, I have no regrets – I’m really glad I own all but one of the books by one of my favorite authors.

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García-Márques

And with that, we have arrived to the first – but certainly not the last – book on this list that I haven’t yet read. I bought One Hundred Years of Solitude years ago, and I’m not going to lie, the main reason I purchased it was the cover and how much I love the way the bright colors are contrasted with the black background. (You’ll have to take my word for that as my picture doesn’t do the colors justice.) To this day, I’m not quite sure what this book is about – I know, shame on me – but I quite enjoy looking at it on my shelf, sooo it was money well-spent? Maybe?

  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Originally, it was the hype surrounding Crazy Rich Asians that made me want to purchase / read this series, but it was when I saw how lovely these three covers look next to each other that I knew I just had to own them as physical copies. I love how simplistic these covers are while also being very memorable and eye-catching. As for the books, I’ve read the first two and I can’t wait to read the third, so we can certainly say that they were worth their price. The only issue I have is that the font is kind of tiny in these copies, but to own these editions, I’ll gladly bear that.

  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

I’m going to be honest, I had little to no interest in The Essex Serpent and bought the book for two reasons (1) it was discounted and (2) I wanted to have the cover on my shelves. On the one hand, The Essex Serpent was really hyped, but on the other hand, the reviews of it were mixed, to say the least. Nonetheless, I picked it up relatively soon after I purchased it and I have to say, I’m not disappointed I did. It’s not necessarily something I’d reread or enthusiastically recommend because it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was a nice, slower historical novel that suited me at the time.

  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception is a book that I was really-really excited about initially, but then my excitement dropped and I ended up deciding not to buy the book. That is until one day I saw it in a bookshop – not only did I love how the cover looks in real life, but I was also chuffed to see that it was discounted. Onto my shelf it went and it stayed there unread for years. I did read this a while ago, but unfortunately, it was extremely disappointing. I think the saddest thing about The Kiss of Deception is that it has such a nice premise and could have been so good, but I don’t think the execution did it justice.

  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Something you had probably realized by this point into the post is that pretty covers combined with discounted prices are my kryptonite, so you won’t be surprised that these are the two reasons that made me buy The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. If I’m being honest I’m not even 1000% sure what this is about… but still, every part of me is saying that I most likely wouldn’t enjoy it, so I haven’t yet read it and I’m not sure if I ever will. This is definitely a purchase I regret, even if I really like the cover.

  • Alienated by Melissa Landers

This is another book I purchased due to its cover and due to it being discounted, although in this case I was also genuinely hopeful I’d enjoy this one as it was quite popular at the time I bought it. Also, as imperfect as those books are, I love the Lux series JLA, so I was tentatively hopeful Alienated would be another good alien YA novel. In the end, I can’t be mad I bought this book – I read it earlier this year and while it was pretty ridiculous and over the top, I had a lot of fun reading it. It reminded me of my pre-teen / teen years when I was reading nothing but YA fantasy novels for months, as it reads very much like those older YA titles from the Twilight era. (If you’re wondering, I won’t be continuing the series, haha.)

  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Granted, I’ve read some books by Neil Gaiman by the time I purchased Neverwhere, but still, the main reason I purchased this book was that I loved the cover. Another thing was that I saw that this novel – or at least this edition – contained illustrations, which made me really excited. Buying Neverwhere was a really good decision! I loved the story and found it really unique and magical. And, like I expected, the illustrations were super cool too. The characters too were great and so far, Neverwhere is my favorite book by Gaiman after Coraline.

  • Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier

I absolutely adore the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier, but the truth is that in and of itself, the premise of Castle in the Clouds didn’t really catch my attention. That is, until I saw this gorgeous cover for the novel’s Hungarian translation and immediately, I wanted to buy this book. Not only is the design on the cover really lovely, but lavender is also one of my favorite colors. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet gotten to this book yet, but it’s one that I’m hoping to get to one of these days as it sounds cute, even if I’ve seen some mixed reviews of it.

Honorary Mentions:

Sarah Perry: Melmoth
Susan Ee: Angelfall
Bone Gap: Laura Ruby

Let’s chat!

Have you ever bought a book because you loved its cover? Did said book live up to your expectations? Do you see yourself buying books because of their covers in the future?

15 thoughts on “Ten Books I Bought Because I Loved Their Covers

  1. I cannot blame you for buying any of these honestly, BECAUSE THE COVERS OF EVERY ONE OF THEM ARE SO PRETTY AHHH! Also, I love all the photos 🤩🤩 I haven’t ‘bought’ books based solely on the cover but that might be due to the fact that I don’t buy them that often haha 😅😅 but whenever I go to the library COVERS are definitely my basis for deciding whether to borrow or not! Loved this post!

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  2. I really like these pictures, Vera! I love that cover of Bone Gap. I have definitely been more inclined to purchase physical copies of books because of their covers, as well as if they have nice edges. A good example of that for me is Circe by Madeline Miller!

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  3. I loved this post and how you used your own pictures, they all look so nice!! I’m very sad that Courting Darkness was such a disappointment, especially since I have the gorgeous hardcover for it 😭 I hope you still like Castle in the Clouds, it’s lovely that they kept the original German cover for the translation! I like the other covers as well, but the lavender has its own charm 🥰

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