Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Where the Title IS the Cover

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted byΒ The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Unique Book Titles.

When it comes to books the main thing that draws me to them (other than who wrote it when it comes to authors like V.E. Schwab and Marissa Meyer) is the cover. If a book has a pretty cover chances are I’ll immediately pick it up so for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme rather than focus on unique titles, because I largely read fantasy so I have a lot of unique titles to choose from, I decided to focus on books where the title is the cover.

Top Ten Tuesday #81

Warcross by Marie Lu

Like most people I was disappointed with the cover for Warcross, and if it hadn’t been for the fact that it was written by Marie Lu I don’t think I’d have picked this book up as quickly as I did once it was released. I think the physical book is prettier than the picture makes it seem, and the hardcover under the dust jacket is gorgeous, but I’m still not a massive fan.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

The cover for Invictus doesn’t really give much clue as to what the book is about, and like with Warcross I feel like if this hadn’t been written by Ryan Graudin I wouldn’t have picked it up when I did after it was released. Still the longer I stare at it the more I seem to love it; and I definitely prefer the UK edition to the US one.

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

For a contemporary book this isn’t a typical cover (when it comes to YA contemporaries I tend to think of covers like the ones Morgan Matson’s books have, or Kasie West’s) but I love how minimal it is and I love how the title is spelt using the shoelaces. Having read the book I think the cover fits the story really well.

Plus the physical copy has sprayed edges, which make Wing Jones another book that’s prettier than the picture makes it seem.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

It’s very rare that I read horror books, and honestly I’m not too sure what it was about There’s Someone Inside Your House that made me request it from NetGalley. One thing I can say for sure is that the cover is definitely eye-catching. It’s pretty much all about the title, and even from a distance it stands out from the rest.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

As well as having a unique title in and of itself I love the design for The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Maybe the title doesn’t jump out at you the way it does for There’s Someone Inside Your House, and maybe it’s not as minimalist as Wing Jones, but what I love about this book is how it seems as if the silhouette on the ground is looking up at the title.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

When I first saw the cover for the UK edition of Caraval I admit I was a little disappointed, especially when compared to the US version but what made the UK edition of Caraval so special for me was the secret cover under the dust jacket. Like with Warcross and Wing Jones this is a book that is so much prettier in real life than in pictures.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Asides from being written by John Green, who is one of those authors everyone has heard of even if you’ve never read any of their books, and asides from this being an incredibly hyped book I have no idea what Turtles All the Way Down is about. Is this book about turtles? Who knows because I don’t and the cover is giving nothing away.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I read this book back before I started getting into the YA contemporary genre, and despite how much I love the covers for both of Jandy Nelson’s books now, it was all the incredible reviews I’ll Give You the Sun had that made me pick it up. It was other bloggers opinions that drew me in in a way the cover hadn’t quite managed to.

Final Draft by Riley Redgate

I’ve yet to read anything by Riley Redgate, though all of her books are on my to-read list and one day I will get around to them, but I couldn’t resist adding Final Draft to my list this week. Like There’s Someone Inside Your House this is a cover that really jumps out at me, though in a more bright and bubbly way.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This is on my list this week for a different reason. Granted it a minimalist cover that focuses on the title more than anything else, but the reason I added The Hate U Give was because of the title itself. I love that it’s been stylised to spell THUG, and it took me ages (longer than I will ever admit) to realise why the author has spelt the title The Hate U Give rather than The Hate You Give.

So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what some of the most unique titles you’ve read are, or what books you’ve come across where the title is the cover.

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Where the Title IS the Cover

  1. I’m not a huge fan of the cover for There’s Someone Inside your House, but after reading it, I can definitely see why the cover is the way it is! And I love all the covers for caraval! It’s so pretty and magical 😍

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    1. Oh that’s a shame, but I guess in the end it’s the story inside we want to be amazing more than the cover on the outside (though ideally having both is great!)
      Caraval probably goes down as one of my favourite covers ever. It’s just incredible! πŸ˜€

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  2. Oh this is such a fun twist for this prompt, Beth, I love it so much πŸ™‚ Also, I’m so happy to see Final Draft here – you HAVE to read Riley Redgate’s books, they are all so, so good, really, and Final Draft sounds just as great πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Thanks so much Marie, ❀ and oh I'm so glad you enjoyed this post as well. I've heard amazing things about Riley Redgate's books, I need to get around to them one day soon. I think it was your blog/GR profile I saw Final Draft on first actually, I read the blurb and knew I had to read it. πŸ˜€

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  3. Ooooh, really fun twist on this week’s post! I liked your choices. I also was pretty disappointed with the cover for Warcross. I’m really hoping that, whenever it gets a paperback release down the road, it’s something totally different.

    Oh, and don’t feel bad – it took me a couple of months to figure out “The Hate U Give” = THUG, too. Immediately after I figured it out, I saw a photo of the UK paperback’s spine, and was like, “Ohhh, yep, there it is.”

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    1. Thanks so much Destiny. I’m really glad you enjoyed this post, and my twist on the topic. Yeah I’m interested to see the paperback edition of Warcross, I think it’s gotta be different from the hardcover edition and maybe it will have a prettier cover which would be a bonus in my opinion.
      Well I can’t even say I figured it out for myself, it was my mum who noticed it first. It takes a while, sometimes I guess there are just hidden details it’s takes a while to actually see. πŸ˜€

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      1. I really hope so! I’m gonna be so bummed if it’s just the same cover, lmao. I would love for it to be either something that looks more game-related, or even maybe some fun art of Emika and her rainbow hair, or something. I dunno, there are lots of directions they could take it and most of them would be better than the hardback cover bahaha.

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      2. I feel like part of the draw of the hardcover was that it had a plain cover but when you took off the dust jacket it had a rainbow underneath (it actually does look more pretty in real life than in pictures) so they’ll have to do something different with the paperback because if won’t have that added detail. At least that’s my thoughts on it, we’ll just have to wait and see I guess. πŸ™‚


    1. Hi Sophie. πŸ™‚
      Yeah there are some gorgeous covers here, and it just goes to show you don’t need much to make an eye-catching cover either.
      Oh The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a brilliant book. Yeah I read it last year and loved it. It’s different to the other sci-fi books I’ve read so far but nonetheless amazing! I hope you enjoy it, though I’m sure you will. πŸ™‚

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    1. That probably explains why you were unaware of it then. πŸ™‚ I don’t normally keep up to date on genres I don’t read.
      Then again based on how long it took me to really get the title style for The Hate U Give I’m not good at keeping up to date on the genres I do read! πŸ˜€


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