TOP TEN TUESDAY: Titles or Covers That Made Me Want to Read/Buy the Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. As the title suggests this week it’s all about the book covers or titles that stood out to us and made us either buy them or make a note to check them out later.

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn
This is a book I got from a friend who was unhauling a load of books years ago (probably 10 years ago?!). She posted the titles of the books she was getting rid of an this title just leapt out at me and had to claim it. I read it so long ago I can’t really remember anything about it but I do know it was a memoir.

The Beast Player and The Beast Warrior by Nahoko Uehashi.
As I said in my WIT Month TBR post, these two were complete cover buys. I saw The Beast Warrior first as it was on one of those stands in the bookshop and after reading the blurb and realising it was a sequel hunted on the shelves to see if the first book was in stock and luckily it was and it was just as beautiful.

Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey
I got this from City Lights bookshop in San Francisco when I was on holiday there. I could’ve spent hours in that shop as there was certainly a lot of treasures to find but this one is what stood out to me. It’s a queer retelling of Peter Pan and was unlike anything I’d read before.

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Another cover buy because the naked hardcover was just stunning and I loved how the dust jacket complimented it.

Uprooted by Naomi Novak
I loved the colours and the illustration on this cover. Pity I didn’t like the story inside it so much.

The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld
This was both a cover buy and a title buy. The title intrigued me and the cover was simple but effective – still haven’t read it yet though.

Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell
This was another cover and title buy. I liked how simple it was and how the colourful silhouette stands out. The title was intriguing too.

Sekret by Lindsay Smith
I found this cover and the font used to be simple but striking. I did try reading Sekret a couple of times but couldn’t get into it so unfortunately, I unhauled it recently. It’s a shame when the cover doesn’t live up to the book inside.

Five Ghosts Vol. 1: The Haunting of Fabian Grey by Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham
One of my favourite cover buys when it comes to comic books. Loved the story and the art style and I’m so pleased this cover caught my eye.

Would any of these book titles or covers have made you want to pick them up?


  1. Great list! I had a similar experience with Uprooted – I LOVE the colours on the cover, but the story itself was only a 3 star read for me. Those Beast Player and Beast Warrior covers are gorgeous!

    1. Yep that’s exactly it. After all the hype I’d seen it was disappointing that it was just fine for me.
      I know! They’re the sort of thing I’d love to get as a print and frame them.

  2. The cover for A Thousand Nights is lovely! I like that particular Uprooted cover also, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet… I read the short story version of the author’s Spinning Silver and didn’t like it much, so I’ve been avoiding her work.

    My TTT

      1. Understandable! I’m still hoping to read Uprooted at some point, but unless it really wows me I’m probably not going to try the novel version of Spinning Silver since I didn’t like the short version much.

  3. These are some seriously gorgeous book covers! It’s always a terrible feeling when a cover is gorgeous but the book inside just doesn’t live up to the cover. And I love the different cover for Uprooted too – how are they both so pretty yet very different?

  4. That first one kills me! 🙂

    The Secret Fire too- I remember seeing that one a while back and thinking it sounded really cool, but never did get it…

  5. Nice list! I haven’t read any of these but I think A Thousand Nights was on my TBR once upon a time – can’t remember why I removed it though… The Beast Player/Warrior books are stunning!

    Lauren @ My Expanding Bookshelf

    1. Thanks. Haha I’ve had many a book that was once on my TBR and then left it before I read it.
      Gosh they’re so pretty, really hope I like the story inside at least half as much as I like the covers.

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