Top Ten Tuesday [7]: Irresistible Covers

photo-7Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about trends in book covers. But I thought I’d go ahead an deviate from the prompt. I thought about cover trends that we’ve been seeing a lot of lately, and decided that everyone would probably have the same covers on their list: girls in gowns, illustrated covers, bloody covers, and of course, half naked men showing off their six packs. So today, I’m going to do the covers and the over all appearance of a book that I can’t resist.

Some of these would probably be something that you’ve seen in my Photo Vomit posts, but bear with me. They are also the type of books that I’m more inclined to collect.

Here they are in no particular order:


[1.] White Covers. I’m a big fan of the minimalist movement – in everything. So these covers are a no brainer for me.


[2.] Penguin Vintage Covers. I’ve featured this on my Photo Vomit posts a couple of times already; so you all know how much I adore these!


[3.] Unusual Texture. In this book’s case, it’s velvet. It’s very fitting to what’s inside. Tampa is a story about a teacher who preys on 14-year-old boys. I thought that black velvet is very appropriate, in a sense that the teacher shows a very soft, very unassuming exterior but she’s dark and rotten to the core.


[4.] Penguin Drop Caps. I mean, how could I resist? It’s an injustice to pass on these.


[5.] Saran-Wrapped Books. Not biodegradable, for sure. But it makes me wonder why there is a need to packaged this book in such a manner.


[6.] Cloth-Covered Editions. Need I say more, really?


[7.] Gilded Edges. Okay, for lack of a better word, I decided to use the term, gilded. I know gilding is mostly used when an item is gilded in gold but these multi-coloured ones are basically the same thing. Either way, I find myself unable to say no to these.


[8.] Typography. I have bought a whole slew of books with unusual typography. Shown above are just a couple that I really, really love.


[9.] Pulp Fiction. Again, this is more about my obsession with unique covers. It just so happens that there’s an entire line of these books. The retro looking covers makes me want to blow them up and mount them on my wall.


[10.] Graphic/Animated. Something about the covers screams, light reading. I absolutely love these!

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 So what’s in your top ten today?

  • Spot on with this write-up, I actually feel this web site needs a lot
    more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the

  • The drop cap and cloth covers are GORGEOUS! I also love minimalist and typography – probably my favorite types in general! Beautiful pictures, Joy!

  • Sabrinamk

    Yes! I adore this list! Although I will add an 11th: I love when there is a unique imprint on the cover underneath the dust jacket. It pretty much makes the book in question irresistible. 😉

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    So pretty! Gorgeous pictures. I would have to say that I prefer 2, 3, 4, and 6 the best as well. They are always so eye-catching. Definitely jealous of those Lord of the Rings books, I was looking all over for different editions when I was buying them and ended up settling :/ Would have loved to own those editions!

  • I actually like black (or purple, or green) covers more than white ones, but besides that, we pretty much have the same taste when it comes to book covers. I too heart Vintage or Vintage looking covers. Also, Unusual Texture FTW!! <3 And really, I just LOVE anything unique looking. THAT Robinson Crusoe! SO GREEN. *wants* And the cover of One Man Guy is probably my favorite this year (so far)

    AWESOME post! <3

  • Surprisingly, it wasn’t until recently that I discovered what penguin drop caps were. I’m sure it’s every hardcore book bloggers dreams to own the collection! I also really enjoy covers with physical depth in them; whether it’s in the construction of the cover or some sort of engraved texture in the typography.

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

  • I love the covers that you featured – I haven’t seen them on other blogs yet and you really brought to the table things that I haven’t see elsewhere either. You are most definitely a collector of books not just a reader. You have “an eye” for them – if you know what I mean?

  • I skipped this Top Ten topic for the reason that you mentioned, but you were smart to mix it up! I’ve mentioned before that I love the white covers. I think the only white covers I have are ARCs, and well, that’d not the quite the same.

    I also love the colored edges, and I bought one of the Penguin Horror Classics (The Raven) after seeing it on your site.

    A velvet cover? I haven’t seen that one before!

  • It’s a lot of different covers, I love some, some less but it’s interesting to see them all and some are I’m sure wonderful in shelves.

  • I don’t like the white covers. But I like most of the rest you showed. I especially like the illustrated covers because they tend to stand out and be memorable. I also like vintage books and can’t resist them!

  • starryeyedjen29

    I love the Penguin vintage covers and the drop caps. Also, the cloth-covered and leather-bound editions. Pretty list and very different from all the others I’ve seen today!

  • Cloth-covered editions are definitely my favorites. I just can’t resist them. I feel like sometimes I just buy them because of the cover and not the story inside. (Okay, let’s me real, not sometimes–ALL the time!) 😉

  • Great picks Joy! I’m digging the Penguin books – since it’s simple and I like the fonts they use. Minimal covers are great but overlooked a lot!

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • Ooh! I love that you chose these really simple covers. I think we tend to overlook how beautiful minimalist covers can look like.
    Great post, Joy!

  • The Penguin drop caps! I’ve seen those around but never got around to buying them. And also books with unusual texture? I don’t think I’ve seen one (or felt one), but I like it when parts of the cover are kind of glossy looking.

    Thanks for sharing and dropping by my blog 😀

  • Aw. I adore your taste in covers 😀 So unique, hih. <3 And so awesome. I pretty much love these covers too, though I prefer others, lol (A) But ack. These are all beautiful. And I love your reasons for loving them. Thank you for sharing Joy 😀 Awesome post. <3

  • That’s interesting, I was going to put the ‘gilded edges’ in my list of cover trends I don’t like, but then I decided they weren’t exactly on the cover. I’m always freak out the colour will come off all over my hands, especially when it’s black! Love the Penguin Vintage covers! Here’s my list:

  • Fun post!

  • Not a big fan of the color white, but I love minimalist covers in general. 🙂 Oh my, the Penguin Drop Caps are GORGEOUS! <3 Same goes for the cloth-covered ones! And I love colored edges! (The only book I have with that is Twilight, though.) Typography plays a huge part in my cover-picking, haha! The animated ones you mentioned are all simple and I love them!