Monday, August 24, 2015

Top 10 Tuesday - Judging a Book by Its Cover 101

This top 10 weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and can be found HERE.  Each week they focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. This week we are looking at what 10 books we would put on a syllabus if we were teaching a class.  I decided I would teach "How to Judge a Book by Its Cover 101" and here are some books I would focus on:

1.  The Shining: Stephen King - There have been many covers to this book, which is one of my favorite King novels, but this one perfectly sets the backdrop of this eerie novel and I love how it captures the eeriness of The Overlook hotel.

2.  Lawyer for the Dog: Lee Robinson - Adorable dog, which perfectly fits the dog in the book (a personal pet peeve of mine).  If you are a dog lover, this book is designed to catch your attention.

3.  The Replacement: Brenna Yovanoff - I will admit I haven't read it yet, but I think this is a perfect way to sell an absolutely creepy book.  Look at the knife and scissors and I think creepy kids are the scariest!

4.  Dark Heart Rising: Lee Monroe - Another series I haven't read but I have always loved the covers.  I think this is a wonderful way to sell a gothic romance with a hint of paranormal.  The wolf in the background is a bonus selling point.

5. Sit! Stay! Speak!: Annie England Noblin - A cute dog, a catchy title which ties right in with the dog world...and did I mention a cute dog. Great way to sell a book.

6.  The Shadow Queen: C.J. Redwine - You can tell immediately that this book is jumping on the fairytale retelling bandwagon.  The cover is beautiful, yet simple and is definitely something I would grab off the shelf!

7.  Reign of Shadows: Sophie Jordan - This book is popping up all over the place on Waiting on Wednesdays and every week, numerous people comment on how pretty it is.  Needless to say, a lot of people are judging this book by its cover and it isn't even out yet!

8.  Demon Road: Derek Landy - Not exactly sure what this cover is selling, but I am buying.  Creepy and mysterious, yet it looks like a book that doesn't take itself too seriously.  Come to think of it, why haven't I bought it yet?  Oh wait, it doesn't come out until August 28th!

9.  Wicked Luck: Shannon L. Maynard - I want the artwork from this book hanging on my walls somewhere.  My family may not agree, but....  Another one I picked up for the cover so apparently this marketing tactic works.

10.  Furiously Happy: Jenny Lawson.  What a great way to market a book which claims to be a funny book about horrible things.  Anyone who reads The Bloggess knows this is Rory the Raccoon, which is a great selling point.

So what class are you teaching this Tuesday?  Leave a comment so I can check out your syllabus!


  1. I never would have thought about this topic - great choices!

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  2. What a fun class choice! And fantastic covers as well. I can't wait for Jenny Lawson's new book to come out...

  3. Oh I LOVE this topic! I would totally sign up for this class :) My TTT

  4. Interesting topic choice! I cannot wait to read Demon Road!
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  5. Excellent. Now I want to teach this class and make students design book covers and/or redesign book covers that they feel are inaccurate.

  6. The Shadow Queen looks right up my alley! and what a great and interesting topic! I definitely need to look these books up on goodreads
    - New follower btw!

    My list: Fairytale retellings 101

    1. Thanks for following! Going to check out your list now.

  7. From adorable, to beautiful, to creepy, these are all great for different reasons. Great post!