Top Ten Books That Whose Titles or Covers Made Me Buy It

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


I’m not big on judging a book solely by its cover or title, but occasionally one is just too good to irresistible. Here's my top ten for this week's Broke and the Bookish list, I went with just my covers, not titles.

1) The Muse Asylum by David Czuchlewski

2) The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

3) Bossypants by Tina Fey

4) Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

5) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

6) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach


7) The Arrival by Shaun Tan

8) Blindness by Jose Saramago

9) The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie by Alan Bradley

10) Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

15 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Those are some cool covers indeed. I read the Muse Asylum years ago when it was first released in HC and loved it. I also loved Blindness, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Stiff, Let the Great World Spin as well.

Sandy Nawrot said...

I've read a couple of these and the cover was totally warranted! But I have been known to buy beautiful covers that were real stinkers of books. They just look good on my shelves.

Kailana said...

I want to read Stiff because of the title and the subject matter. I really need to get around to it!

Shaun Tan is an author I would love to own all the books by just because they all have such nice covers!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Diane - Those are all such good books!

Sandy - I have too. That's the worst!

Kailana - Stiff is my favorite of her books. She manages to provide tons of interesting info in a really humorous way.

Annie @ButteryBooks said...

You have some really great selections. I have have purchased Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and Let the Great World Spin based solely on the cover.
I am very curious about The Book of Lost Things and The Arrival.

Here is my top ten book covers/titles ...
http://butterybooks.com/?p=42963

IngridLola said...

I've always kind of been grossed out by the Stiff cover, haha. It sure catches your attention though.

Passion for Novels said...

Some really lovely covers here :D I like the Nick Hornby one!

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Gemma x

Brenna said...

The Book of Lost Things made my list as well! The Muse Asylum looks awesome. I'd for sure buy it if I came across a cover like that.

Trish said...

I have Blindness on my TBR shelf. The cover is really intense!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Annie - They are all good books. I hope you enjoy them!

Ingrid - Some of the descriptions are gross too, but it's relevant, not gratuitous.

Gemma - Welcome! I didn't notice the Hornby one was iPod headphones at first, but then I did and it was just perfect.

Brenna - I couldn't resist that one. I think I'm a sucker for books with books on the cover, which is a bit ridiculous.

Trish - The book is really intense too. Definitely not a light read.

SweetestLittleBookworm said...

I'm THRILLED to see Connolly's The Book of Lost Things on your list. I kept my eye on it for several weeks before I finally caved and got it & read it and LOVED it so, so much. The cover is just as spectacular as the story. Or maybe all of the things hidden in the awesome cover make the story better. I don't know; at any rate, I was happy to see that it made someone else's list! I put it on mine. :)

~Asheley @ Into the Hall of Books

Kayla said...

I'm reading Stiff right now, and I'm really enjoying it. I think it makes a pretty interesting read around Halloween.

The cover is definitely intriguing.

Carl V. said...

I know the feeling, I've bought many a book over the year simply because of the cover. Heck, some of my latest book buying binge purchases were because of the covers only.

Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is one I share with you. I saw that book on the shelves when it was first released, loved the cover, didn't buy it but thought about it for days afterward and finally had to break down and pick it up. Imagine my great joy when it turned out to be a delightful read in addition to a lovely apple green cover.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

SweetestLittleBookworm - I loved that one too! It was just the perfect fairy tale for grown ups.

Kayla - It would be a good October read. Informative, but still creepy.

Carl V. - I love that bright green cover! The others in the series have been equally lovely, but that one is my favorite.

Jenners said...

They look so cool when put together like that!