Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favorite Covers Of Books I’ve Read

May 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

The literary gods have looked down on me and smiled this week. Why, you ask? Because I’ve been given a second chance to post My Top Ten Favourite Book Covers response; this week’s list is Top Ten Tuesday Freebie (Anything you want!).

So let’s begin:

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This cover is creepy; the girl is levitating for chrissake! Add to that the fact that she has the face of a 100 year-old woman and you’ve got yourself one eye-catching cover.

2. Eating the Cheshire Cat by Helen Ellis

I love the over saturation of this one. I love the image of a goldfish obliviously swimming in a blender, not knowing how perilously close to death it is. I can’t remember if this has anything to do with the content of the book, the story wasn’t particularly memorable, but does it matter?

3. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Strong shapes, a limited colour palette, two images in one. Winner.

4. Thank You For Not Reading by Dubravka Ugresic

I love the inference that reading can be just as indulgent and bad for you as smoking. That reading is something of another time; a time of elaborate gilt frames, leisure and women escaping into their weaknesses.

5. Darkmans by Nicola Barker

Once again, a cover that’s eye-grabbing because of its intelligent use of colour. The skeletal figure doesn’t hurt either.

6. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The monochromatic colour scheme, the fact that the mysterious man in black is the subject of this cover, rather than this “princess bride”. Who is she? Where does she fit into this story about fencing and masked figures? I want to know.

7. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Death is being pushed around in a pram. She wears a pink bow. She’s an infant. Is she a ‘she’ at all or is this an elaborate disguise? Who has Death suckered into ferrying him/her around? Does the pram pusher know what he’s doing, who his passenger is? So many questions = book snatched from shelf.

8. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

It glitters. Need I say more?

9. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Strong, block colours make this a striking cover. Unfortunately when I read this book, I didn’t read this edition, but it needed to be celebrated anyway.

10. Donna Parker in Hollywood

Donna Parker is a seven-volume book series written in the 1950s and 1960s, and isn’t its cover wonderfully of that time? I half expect Elvis to wander in from left of frame and start serenading young Donna with a song about the Hawaiian moonlight, and then they’d break for cheese fondue.

I love the use of colour here, the line art, Donna’s relaxed position and the random pineapple. More book covers need pineapples.

11. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I know I’m technically cheating here; this list isn’t the top eleven, but given that Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gastby is out in Australian cinemas this week, indulge me. Gatsby’s martini glass is the Y in Gatsby, he’s sitting on a couch that is simultaneously the background, there are only three colours and Gatsby himself is shrouded in shadow. This is a hot cover.

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