Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Covers of Books I Own

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks topic was originally about words frequently used in the titles for a certain genre. Unfortunately, I could only come up with a few and instead I’ve decided to do a different topic altogether. As I moved house at the weekend I had a chance to look through all the books I owned (some of which I had forgotten about). So, I have decided to write about my favourite covers of books that I own. I’m not counting NetGalley ones as I technically didn’t buy them and I don’t have them in paper/hardback.

Here are my top ten favourite covers…

1. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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This cover is striking and I have to admit, it was what drew me to check out the synopsis. Luckily for me the writing was just as amazing as the cover. I love the contrast of the white hair with the black background and the ombre style writing for the title. I have it in paperback and it has a matte finish, which felt lovely when reading this book.

2. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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I am specifically talking about the UK version (because let’s face it, they are so much better than the US ones). I LOVE what they did with these covers, having one for each of the sisters. Of course, I had to go for the red one as it’s my favourite colour, but the green is a close second. I would really like to collect the other two (would that be weird) and have the complete set.

3. Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

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It has been years since I read this book and I can’t really remember what happened, but this cover is gorgeous! This is the US one in hardback that I bought from the Book Depository and I have always loved it. The colour is gorgeous, the wispy wings made of smoke are perfect and the falling feathers add a nice touch.

4. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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The first thing I noticed (and adored) about this book when I opened it was the pearlized effect of the pink. It felt so luxurious and tied in perfectly with the jewelled crown and skull. Don’t be fooled by it’s pretty appearance though, because this is a dark book, which only makes it more interesting that the cover is pink. Also, when you take the dust jacket off, the actual hardcover is a pale pink/creamy colour.

5. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

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While I haven’t gotten around to finishing Zenith yet (I hit a slump with it) I do love the cover, which looks even better on the US hardback. I love how well the colours work together, the stars and the little design on the front. Even the font of the title looks amazing, with the light glistening and shining. I’m still hoping to finish this one day soon.

6. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

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I may not be able to remember much about the story, but I do know that this is one of my favourite hardback books that I own. The cover is incredible, with bright colours and a glossy finish. I’m not a big fan of faces on books, but this was done so well with the butterfly wings and how the image fades around the edges. Gorgeous. Even the sequel covers look just as good, although I never got around to buying them.

7. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Mass

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Out of all of the covers (I own them all) Queen of Shadows is my favourite. I have yet to read it (it’s on my TBR for next month) but there is something about the dark clothing, the maroon cloak and the bright blue behind her that works so well. Plus, she looks like a complete badass, which is only making me more excited to dive back into the series.

8. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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I have all the old covers for The Mortal Instruments series, as well as the Infernal Devices, but I really do love the new ones that they’ve done (but I can’t justify re-buying them all just for that reason). I love the covers for The Dark Artifices series, but I only own Lady Midnight. Again, another book that has a pearlized cover that shimmers and feels great. I’m hoping to start this one before the year is out (my TBR list is long).

9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I love, love, love the covers for this duology and I am dying to read them (next month I will) and I think the colours are great. While it isn’t the most colourful, it stands out with the crow flying and I really like how there are buildings making out the feathers in the wings. Very clever and it makes me even more excited to read it. I still have to read the third book of the Grisha trilogy, but I really want to read Six of Crows…would anything be ruined if I went ahead and started it?

10. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Again, another darker cover, but it seems I don’t have a preference. Having read a third of this already I can see why some of the illustrations that make up the raven are there. It is very clever and really eye-catching. The second book also has an amazing cover with a wolf on it, one that I can’t wait to buy. I don’t know what the UK cover for the third will be like, but I can’t wait to find out.

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There we have it, my favourite covers that I own. There isn’t really a pattern with them, but they are all unique and different.

What is your favourite cover of a book?

Having A Huge Book Clear Out

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After having moved out of my mum’s house a while ago and then moving back in recently to save for some money, I decided it was time to sort through all the books I had packed away in the garage. My decision to get back into reading and blogging spurred me on to look at all the books I had accumulated and decide if I really wanted to keep them all. Did I even need them all?

The answer to that question was no and as I stared at hundreds of books dotted on my floor, I knew it was going to be hard. I had no idea how hard though, because it was bloody tough! At the moment I only have one shelving unit to put my books on until I buy another and only being able to have so many meant I have to de-clutter.

Some were relatively easy to get rid of, such as those that I had bought years ago and when I read the blurb had no desire to read. I knew that someone else might feel differently so I added them to the charity bag. Others were because I had read the first book, disliked it, but had unfortunately bought more in the series (always a bad mistake, you should always wait to see if you like the first).

When it came to making a decision on what series to keep, I went with the ones that I had loved the most. Even though I don’t read them now, I had to keep the House Of Night series (for nostalgia), all the hardbacks I had bought (because they look gorgeous on my shelf) and there are a few that I want to re-read such as The Iron Fey series (because I can’t remember them now).

I know what you’re all thinking, how can I just get rid of them? My thinking is that if I am never going to read them, then what is the point in having them on my shelf? I let my sister have a browse to see if she wanted any of them and the rest will be sent to different charity stores. Not enough people read and if they can pick up a new book for cheap then why not help that happen?

I must say that my book shelf is looking lovely now, that much better that I might even consider showing it off in a blog post soon. Especially after Christmas when I can buy so many more (and a new shelving unit too)!

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When was the last time you unhauled a load of books from your life?