Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Bought Because…

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Hi everyone! How are you doing? I hope you’re well! Today is Tuesday and that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, as hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is “10 books I bought/borrowed because…”. I decided to pick 10 books that caught my eye because of their cover. A pretty cover on its own isn’t enough to convince me to buy a book, the synopsis needs to appeal to me as well. But a gorgeous cover definitely helps to catch my attention. Anyway, here we go! And let me know in the comments below what covers you love!

A Curious Beginning

This is easily my favourite cover on my shelves. And the story itself is really great too: a butterfly expert and a grumpy taxidermist have to solve murders in Victorian London.

Wicked Like a Wildfire

It was love at first sight with this cover. And the story sounded interesting as well, with its setting in Montenegro, magic and the mysterious disappearance of the protagonist’s mom. Unfortunately, this book didn’t live up to my high expectations.

Cinder

This first book in the Lunar Chronicles series re-imagines the tale of Cinderella. The protagonist is a cyborg with a prosthetic leg, which is a pretty clever twist on the well-known fairytale. And this cover perfectly captures that.

Ink and Bone

The story of Ink and Bone kinda reminded me of Harry Potter. But that cover! I also love the spine that looks like some ancient tome (which matches the library setting of this book).

Rebel of the Sands

This book caught my eye while browsing our country’s annual book fair a few years ago. The pretty cover with the blue and the gold was impossible to resist!

Scythe

This cover is a completely different style from the rest of this list. But I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. Especially the way the “empty” space between the hood and the scythe is also a face.

Courting Darkness

Isn’t this cover gorgeous? I love the dagger, the feathers and the swirls in the background. A perfect look for a book about assassin nuns!

King of Scars

I’ll be honest, I was going to buy this book anyway, whatever the cover was going to be. Finally a book that focuses on Nikolai Lantsov! But this design is absolutely stunning!

Spin the Dawn

Just look at this! I love covers that catch the eye, but that also somehow show even more details once you’ve read the book. And this Mulan-meets-Project-Runway book does precisely that!

The Gilded Wolves

The gold! The green leaves! The purple flowers! This cover is just absolutely amazing. And it matches the opulence of late 19th-century Paris!

20 Comments

  1. anovelglimpse

    I love the Courting Darkness cover. I haven’t read it yet. If and when I do, it will be because I love the author, too!

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      I don’t know if you’ve read her His Fair Assassin series yet, but I suggest you start with those to understand what is going on in Courting Darkness 🙂

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      1. anovelglimpse

        I did. I loved that series.

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  2. Lauren @ Always Me

    I love The Great Library series – I’m not ready to read the final book because I just don’t want the series to end. 🙂

    Check out my TTT and my review of Titan’s Day by Dan Stout

    Reply
    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      I have to confess I have only read the first book in the series so far… 🙈

      Reply
  3. Lauren @ Lala’s Book Reviews

    Great list!!! I love Spin the Dawn (I also have a review of it on my blog if you’d like to read it)! I hope you have a great week and stay safe!

    Reply
    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      Thank you so much! I hope you have a great (and safe) week as well!

      Reply
  4. emeliebooks

    I bought King of Scars and The Gilded Wolves for the same reason!

    My TTT

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      I keep admiring King of Scars, even a year later 😀

      Reply
  5. D Hoisington

    I love the covers. Some of the books sounds interesting.
    Here is my TTT
    https://dmhoisington.wordpress.com/2020/04/07/top-ten-tuesday-3/

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  6. susanblogginboutbooks

    Funny enough, I put off reading my ARC of CINDER for a long time because of the cover. It looked too sci-fi for me, so I wasn’t sure I’d like it. It took reading some great reviews before I cracked it open. I also love the Veronica Speedwell series. It’s so fun and the covers definitely reflect that.

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      Aaah, I’m so happy to find someone else who loves Veronica! I don’t know many people who have read the series 😀

      Reply
  7. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer

    Covers are so important! And while I’m like you, the synopsis has to be good, too, a good cover can be the final straw to make me pick up a book. 🙂

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      I agree, the synopsis is definitely important! If that doesn’t sound good, I won’t buy the book 🙂

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  8. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits

    I’ve bought several of the books on your list purely because of the cover, too. I would have read them anyway, but I probably would have gotten them out of the library if I hadn’t liked the covers so much!

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      Yeah, it’s great to have them look pretty on my bookshelf 😀

      Reply
  9. lydiaschoch

    Ink and Bone has such a gorgeous cover.

    My TTT .

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      It does! I can keep looking at it 😀

      Reply
  10. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    I got Cinder for the same reason!

    Reply
    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      It’s so simple, yet beautiful ^^

      Reply

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