Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Top Ten Books Whose Titles or Covers Made Me Buy Them

This week's topic at the Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books Whose Titles Or Covers Made Me Buy Them.
Another topic that challenges my usual way of thinking about books! Because...I really DON'T judge books by their cover.

That's not entirely true, I'm sure there are some subtle things that will make one cover catch my eye over another, but I'm not very aware of it, and I tend to pick up books that a) I've already heard about from a friend/fellow book blogger/newspaper review or b) are in a topic or genre I'm already interested in. If I do pick up a random book, I'm more likely to judge it by the blurb on the back or a quick skim of the first few pages than the picture on the front cover. That said, here goes.

1. Gloriana's Torch by Patricia Finney

I saw the cover in the library and was immediately intrigued when I recognized the Armada portrait. I might not have noticed it otherwise and I'm glad I did because this was definitely one of my favorite books this year.

2. Elizabeth I by Margaret George

Notice a theme here? I actually didn't choose this book because of the cover or title, I knew I wanted to read it the moment I heard about it because of its author and subject. However, if that hadn't done it for me, the cover would have.

3. The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel

The title really had me guessing, unfortunately the stories didn't live up to the anticipation. But also, I read it because I loved Life of Pi.

4. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

I'd already read The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy, and I saw this really nice hardcover, gold-edged copy from Barnes & Noble, so it's not exactly a case of arresting cover art, but definitely the nice packaging encouraged me to buy it.

5. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Again, another nice Barnes & Noble hardcover in the bargain bin caught my eye.

I can't think of any more right now, I look forward to reading everyone else's lists!

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