Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Books I read because of the Cover/Title!

Well, I try not to judge a book by its cover or title. Mainly because a lot of books I like have pretty dull titles or covers. But there are exceptions to every rule ;) Top Ten Tuesdays is a bookish meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic:

Top Ten Books You Read Because of the Cover or the Title:

1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - I love this cover; a lot more than I like the book, in fact. I love the colours and how mysterious it looks.

2. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente - The title reminded me of all my favourite childhood fairytale stories and I just had to read it! The blurb by Neil Gaiman - "A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian fairy tale, done with heart and wisdom" - on the cover page made me pick it up.

3. Papillon by Henri Charriere - I love the book cover. I love how it is so related to the plot, with the tarnished old lock and key being a symbolic prison and the butterfly being the fugitive nicknamed Papillon because of the butterfly tattoo on his chest.

4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon - I love the book's title; it made me very curious about the incident with the dog. The book is so great too. And after I read the book, I loved the title even more because it is so exact, and yet so much different from what you could have imagined!

5. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - The cover is so magical. I love the colours and the fairy-tale-like look with the green lizard and the little winged fairy. And it does look like someone is climbing out of a window from a different world into our own; which is sort of how the story goes!

6. The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett - The title just made me want to read the book. Of course, the fact that it was written by Terry Pratchett helped. I was kind of eager to find out what my favourite author had to say about my favourite animal. I am glad I read it, it's one of the funniest books anyone acquainted with cats can read!

7. Room by Emma Donoghue - The cover makes the book seem so eerie and mysterious and that is just how it it. Normally I hesitate before reading books by authors I don't know; but I am glad I read this one. Just like its cover, it's a really beautiful book. I even like the other cover, the white one, but nothing compares to this pretty blue!

8. If On a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino - My first reaction was "if on a winter's night a traveller... what?" The title sounds so unique and incomplete that it just made me want to read the book to find out that "what"! The book is even more unique. I love it.

9. Marley & Me by John Grogan - How can you possibly resist the cute little face looking up at you with twinkly eyes filled with innocence? It makes my heart melt.

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - I know it was really all the hype and the great reviews that made me check out the book. But I read it because I loved the title. I mean, isn't a book thief exactly someone, whom bookworms like you and I would like to read about?

So, is it only me or do you choose (judge is strong word) books by their covers and titles as well?

8 comments:

Abhinav said...

Have read 4 :3,4,7 and 10. Picked the book thief for the same reasons, it was good but somehow i expected more.

Claire said...

I love that cover for Inkheart - it's beautiful! The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is one I brought for the title and haven't read yet. I think I may have even lost my copy.

My Top Ten is here if you'd like a look :)

Kailana said...

I want to read The Book Thief because of the title, but I keep avoiding it because it is just so freaking hyped! I own it, so I will read it one day...

Trish said...

Room and Graveyard Book both have pretty cool covers. Room is already on my TBR shelf and I'll have to take a closer look at Graveyard.

Annie @ButteryBooks said...

I love the cover you posted for Room rather than the mass market cover. It is haunting, lonely, and so beautiful.

Here is my top ten book covers/titles ...
http://butterybooks.com/?p=42963

inlibrisveritas said...

I love the cover for the Inkheart books, they actually match the storyline inside unlike so many other covers out there.

Thanks for stopping by!

LBC said...
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LBC said...

I have the Graveyard Book on my list as well. I think I picked up Room because of the cover, but it was the hardcover one with the creepy child's scrawl on it.

Come visit my list at The Scarlet Letter.

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