Judge book by its cover

We know the phrase ‘don’t judge book by its cover’ which means that appearance is deceptive. We do not take it literally, but I did.
I could have books that have awful covers but the story is amazing.
I could have books with wonderful covers but a really bad plot.
Who knows, maybe I will in future? But right now, I decide to do something a little bit different. I will judge book by its cover. I chose books that are the whole package because they are as indescribable outside as they are inside.

In this post, I will not mention the books that are in my post about  TOP 2016, even if they deserve to be here. I don’t want to repeat myself over and over again. I also want to say that this time list in not in order.


1.Throne of glass series by Sarah J. Maas (@SJMaas)

You might not know that yet but Sarah J. Maas  is my favourite author of all times. Every single book by her has something special and magical in it. I am a big fan of her writing style. If you read before Sarah’s book please let me know in the comment what should I read next that would be similar to her work. I would never have enough. I am excited and scared what will bring this year because this year will be published the last book in the Throne of glass series as well as A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Look at those covers! (I know I don’t have here Crown of Midnight or Assassin’s Blade copy. I only have polish version)
They are actually great representation after the first book had a cover change. It was definitely a change for better!
I love the fact how badass the main character look on those and that at the front she is wearing different clothes than in back, which shows also her famine side.

I actually forgot that I already was talking about this series in my previous post. I would only add that in this series we can notice one of the biggest character developments ever. I found the first book Throne of glass more like a ‘get into the story’ kind of thing. The most start to happen since Heir of FireBut my favourite book in this series is Queen of Shadows. Too bad I can’t spoil anything.
Sarah J. Maas starting to write those books were thinking about Cinderella story and how it would change if the Cinderella would not be there to dance with the prince but to kill him. And that’s how the story of the best assassin gets into life.


2. The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer  (@marissa_meyer

At the moment those are the only books by this author that I read. I am ashamed to admit that actually, I didn’t read Fairest and her new book Heartless that is still on my TBR.
I am stunned by The Lunar Chronicles series. Marissa Meyer has a real talent with words. I rarely reach for YA sci-fi books but people were so into those books that I gave them a chance. Another reason was that I am a fan of good retellings.

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I truly adore every single one of those covers. In my opinion, Winter looks the best but Cress is my favourite regard to the content.
(I own hardcovers of The Lunar Chronicles series but I have them in Poland so I couldn’t take a photo of them myself)

If we would focus on covers individually we would still be able to tell what story retelling it is. Except for Stars Above but there we have novellas collection.

In every next book, we have characters from the previous books. The plot is also getting better with every single book.
The story begins with Cinder, 16 years old cyborg living with her stepmother that hates her. (Sounds familiar?) 🙂 She is working as a mechanic. One day she has a new client that turns out to be Prince Kai. One of Cinder’s stepsister is in love with the price. There is a ball in the palace but her sister would not make it. There is a plague and Cinder’s sister gets sick. Her stepmother, of course, blames Cinder.


3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (@TaherehMafi)

Tahereh Mafi  is one of those authors that you will love theirs writing or hate it. I myself am impressed by Tahereh’s poetic writing.
I did not read other books than the one in Shatter Me series. Which I must do in the future.

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Once again I own all the books but there are not with me in UK. (I miss them)
This covers! How gorgeous are they? Good thing that they also did the same thing like with Throne of Glass series when they did a cover change for the first book.
Looking at them all you will have no idea about what’s  going on with the story but I don’t care as long as I can have these beauties on my bookshelf.

Shatter Me is YA dystopia trilogy with two novellas Destroy Me and Fracture Me that are told from different POV than the main books.
One of the first things that we are finding out is that Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. She is locked up because her touch kills. Outside the place she is in, there’s a war. Diseases are destroying the population. There is not enough food and birds are nowhere to be found.
She is given a chance to become a weapon. Would she become one? Does she have a choice at all?


4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater)

Finally, I can say that those books are not the only one that I read by this author. I’m also an admirer of Scorpio Races.
But The Wolves of Mercy Falls series is still on my TBR.

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The Raven King was the first book I bought after I moved to UK. Sadly the series I own is divided, 3 first books stayed in Poland.

I am not sure what makes those covers so appealing for my eyes, especially The Raven King.

You might find clues about the plot in the covers but not the whole story, which is good.

The Raven Boys tells adventures of Blue and her raven boys – Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah.

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

The thing is that Blue knows that if she would kiss her one true love he will die. On St.Mark’s Eve she see a boy, his name is Gansey.
He is the type of guy that is smart, handsome, rich. He also has family and devoted friends. But it is not enough for him. His life has one purpose. Gansey is on a quest to find and wake the Welsh King. His friends are there to help him with his task.


5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (@naturallysteph)

I had the pleasure to read her short stories as well, I love every single thing that she writes and I can’t wait for more. She is well-known from writing YA romance and this year we will be able to read her YA horror novel There’s Someone Inside Your House. I can’t wait to start that book and see how she managed with writing horror for a change.

I need to re-read this books. Sadly, these are old photos. I have those books in Poland.
I am glad for the cover change of those books because the old ones look like a cheesy romance. I would not pick any of those books with the old covers. (Like the title of this post says I judge book by its cover 😉 )

Stories and writing are breathtaking.  The beauty of this series is that you can read any book you want without reading the rest of them. But trust me if you would read one, you would also finish the other two as well. Characters from other books appear from time to time in the rest of them, too.

By the title and knowing it’s a romance you can pretty well guess the plot. 🙂



6 thoughts on “Judge book by its cover

  1. I know it’s bad but I usually judge book by it’s cover. Shame on me. I know I shouldn’t. But often these books are good at the end of the day. I like when book has fascinating story but cover is important too. Someone created it and I appreciate it. I love The Lunar Chronicles series cover too. And these books look really beautiful on my bookshelf. And the story is very interesting too!

  2. I really do judge a book by its cover! If it doesn’t appeal to me straight away I don’t buy it. Maybe that’s why I haven’t bought a book in ages! The covers you’ve shown here are really nice, actually. I’d love to see more.

  3. It is a shame that we judge books by their cover. I do this a lot’ the first thing I look at is the cover and then read a blurb before purchasing the book. I guess its because we are taken in by stunning visuals, a shame really when it comes to books as the book could be an amazing fleshed out story and the cover might just not appeal to us. The Shatter Me series you have recommended sounds really good and I might give it a go when I go to the bookshop next!

  4. I really like this. It’s true that people judge a book straight away even and it’s funny because there are often variations of covers. I think nowadays people don’t read as much as they used to – so covers, visuals and the first impression the book makes is very important to make an audience more interested.

  5. I really like the idea of a book shop that doesn’t have any covers, but key words and stuff that describes the book. I think there was a post about it? Great post! And the covers you’ve talked about are really pretty 🙂

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