Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday Ten: Books I Read Because of Their Cover or Title

I rarely read books solely based on the cover or title, if I'm being honest. Especially as I've started reviewing and just by osmosis seem to know so much more about what books are coming out and what they're about. But for this week's Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday, here are ten books where the title/cover played a huge role, even if it wasn't the only thing.

1. After the Kiss
Terra Elan McVoy
That cover. So, so, so good. I just love it.

2. Sweethearts
Sara Zarr
Alright, I admit, the flap copy played a part in me buying this book - the story interested me. But without that adorable and slightly-sad cover I never would have picked the book up. Plus, can we mention how great the title is? LOVE. (It should be noted that this is one of my all-time favorite books.)

3. The Summer I Turned Pretty
Jenny Han
Yes, the covers of the books in this series are beautiful. But what really caught me was this title. I adore it. I'm not sure I can think of a title that's captured my attention more than this one.

4. The Lonely Hearts Club
Elizabeth Eulberg

5. The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading
Charity Tahmaseb & Darcy Vance
Okay, okay, another brilliant title. Just the perfect amount of geeky and quirky here. And who doesn't love a good fish-out-of-water tale?

6. Some Girls Are
Courtney Summers
Another great title. Dang, they're more plentiful than I thought apparently. And I could talk about this one for ages. And yeah, I knew it was about girls bullying each other and that was definitely a big part of the reason I read the book, but the title helped tons.

7. Scrambled Eggs at Midnight
Heather Hepler & Brad Barkley
WIN WIN WIN. So many wins for this title/cover combo. And the book also is great.

8. Tweet Heart
Elizabeth Rudnick
This one's a bit of a cheat: if I'm being honest I bought the book 100% because it was written in tweets. (Tweets!) But I figure it sort of works because I could tell that from the title. Right?

9. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green
I know a lot of people didn't love the hardcover cover of An Abundance of Katherines, but I must be in the minority here because this cover was THE ENTIRE REASON I picked up the book. I absolutely love it and am sad that I now have the paperback version. (Thank you to my dad for LOSING THE BOOK. Or giving it away. Or whatever my dad does to the books I let him borrow that makes them disappear.)

10. A Little Friendly Advice
Siobhan Vivian
Again, the cover, so adorable. So perfect.


  1. I think I read "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things" just for title alone.

  2. Love your list! I especially like the cover for Scrambled Eggs.

  3. Abundance of Katherines has such a cool cover, I'd want to pick it up to read more.

  4. I love the cover for An Abundance of Katherines. Just the way they did the title makes me want to go out and buy ths book. The play on math formulas is perfect!

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  5. 4,7, and 8 are interesting to me. don't know if I would of purchased them based on cover and title alone but they do pique my interest.

  6. Glad to see Sweethearts and An Abundance of Katherines on this list! Sara Zarr and John Green are two of my favorite YA authors.

  7. I do love the Katherines cover too. Judging this roundup of covers you love, I take it you're a fan of cute covers? (Katherines) I've also always loved the title for Scrambled Eggs at Midnight.

  8. Erm, for some reason I forgot to add in "besides" next to Katherines in parentheses. Oops.

  9. The Lonely Hearts Club is such a great title and the image goes with it perfectly. I've never heard of the book, but I'll look into it. Thanks!

  10. Crap! There's at least three books here I haven't heard about that I have to check out now! ;)

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  12. That Lonely Hearts Club cover is really cute. It reminds me of Amy and Roger's Epic Detour cover for some reason, which I love.

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