Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Book Covers (on Books I Didn’t Read in 2017!) aka a Book Meme Rule Breaker

Monday, December 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday | 11!! Favorite Book Covers (on Books I Didn’t Read in 2017!) aka Book Meme Rule Breaker


Happy Tuesday, friends and readers. Today there’s a new edition of Top Ten Tuesday to herald.

Broke and Bookish December 12: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017 – Broke and Bookish


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Ok. So, here’s the thing. Today’s official topic is awesome. No really, it is. But the thing of it is, Finding Wonderland makes a big hullabaloo about our favorite books closer to the end of the year (come back and see said list so that we can talk all about favorite books, please!! *smile*). This is why when I saw this topic, I thought I’d instead talk about debut and/or new-to-me authors in 2017. Then I realized there’s an official Top Ten Tuesday meme for this very topic early in 2018. So… that was confusing. What to write about now?

Add in the fact that I wish I could say that I actually read books like Murder on the Orient Express (as I so wanted to), and I felt like today’s official topic needed to have its usual Finding Wonderland rule-breaker spin on it. This brings us to what I’m actually talking about. Today, I decided to give in and obsess over one of my favorite addictions: that is book covers!

Specifically, the “Best of 2017” works of art. But because I – apparently, cannot do anything in a simple fashion, I thought I’d also add one more “rule” to my post. I’m only featuring favorite covers on books I have not read*. Why? Because, in all likelihood, once again, books I have read with stunning covers are likely going to end up on my official “Best of 2017” list. (All of the books I feature will have also been published in 2017.)

(Speaking of this, I’m realizing I really should start working on said list.)

Let’s get onto today’s books!

1. Far from the Tree by Robin Benway | I haven’t read a single book by Benway, but this one sounds incredible. Speaking specifically to its cover design, the colors are on point and the simplistic nature seems to fit well with what the story’s synopsis suggests. Amazon | Goodreads

2. Cold Summer by Gwen Cole | Watercolor and “clean” white spaces mingle to make this design a show-stopper. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen | Not everyone likes designs that use “artistic” photo shoot images (shots that crop a models face or only makes use of a partial photo). I am a big fan of this look. When done well, it’s perfection. I really like how the designer made use of it in Sarah’s latest release. (Plus, these colors!!) Amazon | Goodreads

4. Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason | No secret has been made over how much I obsess over these cover designs. I think the reason why is they’re so very different from the usual in the CBA market – plus I do admire the “clean” but effective aesthetic. Oh, and of course, the stories inside as well worth discovery. Amazon | Goodreads

5. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo | With a contemporary setting, and a synopsis that reads like a delightful romcom, this simplistic cover is a winner. The black and white theme with the “pops” of yellow and pink complete what was already a charmer. Amazon | Goodreads


6. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | The aesthetic of this entire series is pretty. I know there are other more appropriate words to better do the style and look justice, but that's all I can think of. Either way, it's a stunning design. Amazon | Goodreads

7. Wait for Me by Caroline Leech | As all of the books on this list were, this is one of those titles I really (really) wanted to read in 2017. Alas, time got away from me. One read I’ll eagerly carry over to my must-read-in-2018 lists. Amazon | Goodreads

8. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord | Simple, but stunning – and the watercolor effect is beautiful. Amazon | Goodreads  

9. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith | Though the gold caricatures aren’t my favorite element of this design, I do love the confetti – and I’ve not a doubt, these dudes play a role in the story. A story I’m eager to – finally – read! It seems like a good early 2018 right, doesn’t it? Amazon | Goodreads

10. When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin | I love that, though this is a WWII novel, there is ALL the SASS on this cover!! Amazon |Goodreads

11. Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh | How adorable is this cover? Why I didn’t read it in 2017 I’ll never know. That said, this just means I have this pretty to look forward to in 2018. Amazon | Goodreads

*Since I have not read any of these, please note I’m not recommending the stories – necessarily, I’m simply admiring their cover designs! That said, I do only feature those I have a pretty good feeling I’m going to enjoy.

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Those are my “best of 2017” covers-on-books-I-haven’t-read. What are some of your favorite books, covers or authors from this year? How did you spin this topic – and have you read any of the books I share above? Tell me all your bookish thoughts. As always, if you joined this meme, leave your blog posts below. It may take me the entire week, but I'll most definitely be by and happy to visit!

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38 comments

  1. Cold Summer was really good - and it has a great cover!

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    1. I'm glad to hear it's a good story - and I agree! The cover is great. :)

      Thank so much for visiting, Lauren.

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  2. Weirdly, there is a lot of grey on your books covers this year. I wonder if grey was a theme in publishing this year? 2017 favorite books

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    1. Book cover art does enjoy following trends, but in this case, these are actually covers I've turned black and white. I'm strange like that - usually I do it to better fit my Top 10 Tuesday "aesthetic." ;) My apologies for any mislead in regards to the designs.

      Thanks so much for visiting, Anne! :)

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  3. Some gorgeous covers! I do love a pretty cover. So shallow!

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    1. Right?? Me too, Chrissi - and I call myself a #CoverSnob ALL THE TIME. It's a problem. ;)

      Appreciate you visiting.

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  4. I agree with you about the aesthetic for the Always and Forever, Lara Jean. Everything about the cover jacket is perfect! All the books in the trilogy sum up Lara Jean quite well.

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    1. Isn't it? I LOVELOVELOVE the "look" of these 'Lara Jean' (the colors, the scene, the placement, the text) books, and though I - shamefully - have not yet read this series, I have high hopes it'll be a new favorite. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Nicole.

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  5. Lots of contemporary books on your list! I really want to read I believe in a thing called love. Sounds super cute!

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    1. Confession: I do love my contemporary reads. :)

      Me too! Here's hoping we both enjoy 'Love.'

      Thanks so much for visiting, Nina.

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  6. I really like the covers for the Lara Jean trilogy. I don`t know if I`d be a fan of the story, but those books would look cute on my shelves.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

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    1. Me too, Carmen!! They have such a good aesthetic. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  7. I really like all the covers you've listed. My faves are Wait for Me and Once and For All! Great list!

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    1. Thanks! I thought they were all pretty - and you pick out two of my VERY favorites. :)

      Appreciate you visiting, as always.

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  8. Yay for rulebreaking ha ha! I like how you did this. Cold Summer does have a nice cover, and so does Chasing Secrets. Windfall's not bad either...

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    1. Right? Sometimes the "rules" for these bookish memes must be broken. :D

      I agree... I really like the watercolor on Cold Summer and the sleek, sophistication of 'Secrets' is sort of a rule breaker in the genre, so that helps it stand out.

      Appreciate you visiting, as always, Greg.

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  9. Love your twist on this week's topic!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/top-ten-tuesday-137/

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    1. Thanks so much, Jo - and glad you stopped by. :)

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  10. A friend of mine loves Sarah Dessen and has given me so many of her books and yet... I haven't managed to read any of them yet. I think I need to fix that ASAP.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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    1. I haven't read a single one of Sarah's books either... but I'd really like too. I hear great things about them, so hopefully that will (eventually) motivate me. Maybe both of us will discover her books in 2018. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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    2. Hah! Maybe this will be the year for both of us to start!

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    3. YES!! We've got this, right? :)

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  11. Caroline Leech, Emery Lord and Courtney Walsh' books are all on my TBR. I too adore beautiful covers and you've picked some great ones.

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    1. YAY! Here's hoping we mark those as "read" in 2018. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, Brittaney.

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    1. Aren't they? Lots of fun elements for sure. :)

      Thanks for visiting, as always, Erica.

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  13. I'm a sucker for a pretty cover :) I really do love the covers for the To All The Boys I've Loved Before series by Jenny Han, they all look so nice and fit together so well.

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    1. Me too, Lindsey - me too! Aren't they? Jenny's are always so pretty, and I cannot wait to discover the stories inside. Plus, yes. They fit SO prettily together. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  14. Awesome list! So many pretty covers! When Tides Turn was SO good and I loved Hometown Girl.

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    1. I'm so pleased to hear you enjoy 'Tides' and Hometown Girl, Ashley. I hear many good reports on the latter, so 2018 NEEDS to be THE year I discover its charms.

      Thanks so much for visiting! :)

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  15. Oh those are some amazing covers!!! Great topic! Can't wait for your top ten books list!
    My post is a little late but here are my Top Ten

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    1. Thanks! I'm excited about my best of list too - it's always a blast to put together. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by, Priyanka.

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  16. Sarah Sundin's cover is beautiful! I think When Tides Turn is my favorite by her. It's great! :-)

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    1. I'm even MORE excited now, Miranda. CANNOT wait to read 'Tides' (and of course her early 2018 release too!!).

      Thanks so much, as always, for being a reader and for visiting. :)

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  17. Great choices! I always approve of breaking the rules :D I agree, the Lara Jean covers ARE just pretty, no better word! I like Windfall too, it is so cute! Favorite covers of the year... this is hard, there were a lot of good ones! I have read Far From the Tree, Wait for Me, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean. I liked them all, actually, so hopefully you will too!

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    1. They sure are - there's just *something* about those Jenny Han covers that are simply, beautiful. Windfall is really different than Jennifer's normal designs, but... I do like it. The colors and confetti are so cute.

      Thanks for sharing, Shannon - I'm glad I can look forward to the three you mention. :)

      Appreciate you visiting - and here's to a grand 2018 reading year!!

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  18. I keep meaning to read When Tides Turn.... I even have a copy. 2017 did go way too fast!

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    1. Yes, yes it did, Amanda! Here's hoping 2018 goes at a slower pace. *fingers crossed*

      Appreciate you visiting, as always. :)

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