Regardless of what people say, everyone judges a book by its cover. Whether I’m scrolling through Amazon or Goodreads, or wandering around my favourite bookstore, there’s a high chance I will fall in love with a book with a pretty cover – regardless of what it’s about. This incredibly fun idea was created by The Belgian Reviewer and I was inspired to take part in it after reading UnmutReviews post. So, be sure to check them both out, they talk about some beautifully covered books!
I’m going to choose five books in my ‘read’ shelf on Goodreads and talk about my favourite editions of them.
Book 1: Heartless | Marissa Meyer
My edition of this book is the first image, having fallen in love with it the moment I saw it online. However, after searching through the other editions on Goodreads, I adore the third. It seems to give me more Alice In Wonderland vibes than the others, having the same makeup as Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal of the Queen in Tim Burton’s adaptations.
Book 2: One of Us is Lying | Karen M. McManus
My edition of this book is the first image, which I’ve personally not been a fan of. My reasoning for picking up this book was primarily for the advertisement in my bookstore, claiming it was a mix of The Breakfast Club and Pretty Little Liars, which I get completely. However, I prefer the second cover for definite, finding the text on the first a little cringe-worthy. ‘Who would you believe?’ Ew.
Book 3: Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
My edition of this book is the third one, another which I can’t stand. The colours are just too awful. I’ve been trying to get my hands on the second cover for ages now, always looking for it every time I go into a bookstore but I can’t find it anywhere! I love the illustrations of Simon and Baz, they look just like I pictured them the first time I read Fangirl.
Book 4: The Maze Runner | James Dashner
My edition of this book is the third one, which I despise. It didn’t appeal to me at all, having read about the series online before seeking a copy for myself. The first and second covers are so much more engaging – if I saw the third cover in a store without knowing anything about the series, I’d definitely just skim past it.
Book 5: The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald
I couldn’t not talk about my favourite book ever here. My edition is the second cover, being one of my favourites. I’m not usually a fan of people being in covers, finding them influence my image of the characters too much. However, this is possibly the only exception, finding them accurate to the story. My favourite cover would have to be the third, one which I’ve been desperate to find for myself for ages. The infamous eyes and darkened street set up the story perfectly and I need a copy for my Gatsby collection immediately.