Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


Ooo it’s been a challenging couple of weeks as first my daughter and then I went back to work after six months – and all sorts of changes to routines. Frankly, once I got home I’ve been so shattered that I’ve flopped on the sofa barely able to move let alone think. So I am horribly behind with things on the blog: at least two reviews I need to write and several posts I’ve missed.

AND as if that wasn’t enough, my Calibre library seemed to die! And yes that does demand both capitals and bold type! The 2263 books in my library disappeared! I was left with just metadata and no book. Catastrophe… well, not so much a catastrophe: having upgraded my kindle recently, it does hold those 2263 books on it so it became its own back up and all is sorted now… but for a few days I dropped into panic mode. But now my books are out of order! I like them ordered by date, personally and they now all have the same date!

Anyway I am back and trying to get back into the routine with this week’s TTT, a book cover freebie. So this week, I will collect together ten books inspired by my three newest reads. And as this is a cover based list, I will let the covers speak for themselves today!

Covers with mythological figures on, inspired by Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi, Susanna Clarke – published TODay and I have a copy!! I Cannot Wait!

Piranesi lives in the House.
Perhaps he always has.

In his notebooks, day after day, he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders: the labyrinth of halls, the thousands upon thousands of statues, the tides that thunder up staircases, the clouds that move in slow procession through the upper halls.

On Tuesdays and Fridays Piranesi sees his friend, the Other. At other times he brings tributes of food and waterlilies to the Dead. But mostly, he is alone.

Messages begin to appear, scratched out in chalk on the pavements. There is someone new in the House. But who are they and
what do they want? Are they a friend or do they bring destruction and madness as the Other claims?

Lost texts must be found; secrets must be uncovered. The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becoming strange and dangerous.

The Icarus Girl, Helen Oyeyemi

Jessamy Harrison is eight years old. Sensitive, whimsical, possessed of a powerful imagination, she spends hours writing, reading or simply hiding in the dark warmth of the airing cupboard. As the half-and-half child of an English father and a Nigerian mother, Jess just can’t shake off the feeling of being alone wherever she goes, and other kids are wary of her terrified fits of screaming. When she is taken to her mother’s family compound in Nigeria, she encounters Titiola, a ragged little girl her own age. It seems that at last Jess has found someone who will understand her. TillyTilly knows secrets both big and small. But, as she shows Jess just how easy it is to hurt those around her, Jess begins to realise that she doesn’t know who TillyTilly is at all.

Burn, Patrick Ness

The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul but is seemingly intent on keeping her safe from the brutal attentions of Deputy Sheriff Emmett Kelby.

Kazimir knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents – and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

Books with nature on the cover, inspired by Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan

Here is the Beehive, Sarah Crossan

Ana and Connor have been having an affair for three years. In hotel rooms and coffee shops, swiftly deleted texts and briefly snatched weekends, they have built a world with none but the two of them in it.

But then the unimaginable happens, and Ana finds herself alone, trapped inside her secret.

How can we lose someone the world never knew was ours? How do we grieve for something no one else can ever find out? In her desperate bid for answers, Ana seeks out the shadowy figure who has always stood just beyond her reach – Connor’s wife Rebecca.

Peeling away the layers of two overlapping marriages, Here is the Beehive is a devastating excavation of risk, obsession and loss.

The House In the Cerulean Sea, T. J. Klune – in addition to a wonderful cover, bonus points for the use of the gorgeous word “cerulean”.

Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He’s tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world. 

Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light.

The House in the Cerulean Sea is an enchanting love story, masterfully told, about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place – and realizing that family is yours.

The Mountains Sing, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai 

Hà Nội, 1972. Hương and her grandmother, Trần Diệu Lan, cling to one another in their improvised shelter as American bombs fall around them. Her father and mother have already left to fight in a war that is tearing not just her country but her family apart. For Trần Diệu Lan, forced to flee the family farm with her six children decades earlier as the Communist government rose to power in the North, this experience is horribly familiar. Seen through the eyes of these two unforgettable women, The Mountains Sing captures their defiance and determination, hope and unexpected joy.

Take Nothing With You, Patrick Gale

1970s Weston-Super-Mare and ten-year-old oddball Eustace, an only child, has life transformed by his mother’s quixotic decision to sign him up for cello lessons. Music-making brings release for a boy who is discovering he is an emotional volcano. He laps up lessons from his young teacher, not noticing how her brand of glamour is casting a damaging spell over his frustrated and controlling mother.

When he is enrolled in holiday courses in the Scottish borders, lessons in love, rejection and humility are added to daily practice.

Drawing in part on his own boyhood, Patrick Gale’s new novel explores a collision between childish hero worship and extremely messy adult love lives.

Books with Geometric Designs, inspired by The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton

The Million Pieces of Neena Gill, Emma Smith-Barton

Neena’s always been a good girl – great grades, parent-approved friends and absolutely no boyfriends.

But ever since her brother Akash left her, she’s been slowly falling apart – and uncovering a new version of herself who is freer, but altogether more dangerous.

As her wild behaviour spirals more and more out of control, Neena’s grip on her sanity begins to weaken too.

And when her parents announce not one but two life-changing bombshells, she finally reaches breaking point.

But as Neena is about to discover, when your life falls apart, only love can piece you back together.

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder, Holly Jackson – I really must find the time to review this one!

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth … ?

The Pursuit of William Abbey, Claire North

South Africa in the 1880s. A young and naive English doctor by the name of William Abbey witnesses the lynching of a local boy by the white colonists. As the child dies, his mother curses William.

William begins to understand what the curse means when the shadow of the dead boy starts following him across the world. It never stops, never rests. It can cross oceans and mountains. And if it catches him, the person he loves most in the world will die.

There are some gorgeous covers in this post – the Crossan is sublime! And increasingly I find it hard not to mention Helen Oyeymi in these lists.

So I hope you had a chance to peruse these and perhaps found something to inspire you. I look forward to hearing your comments and checking out your posts once more. Happy Top Ten Tuesday!


September 22: Books On My Fall 2020 TBR (or spring if you live in the southern hemisphere)
September 29: Favorite Book Quotes (these could be quotes from books you love, or bookish quotes in general)
October 6: Book Covers with Fall Colors/Vibes (or spring if you live in the southern hemisphere)
October 13: Super Long Book Titles
October 20: Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me (tell us who recommended them, if you want!)
October 27: Halloween Freebie

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Freebie”

  1. Gosh, I panicked reading about your Calibre library dying! I’m glad that it’s sorta okay now. I absolutely love, love, love A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder!! The Icarus Girl and Burn look fascinating so I’m definitely going to check those out. Hang in there!

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    1. Thanks…. I really enjoyed A Good Girl – once I suspended my disbelief that the school would let her do that as a project whilst the family were still at the school and in the community… but setting that aside it was great and kept me.up far too late to finish. And I have the sequel ready to go too!

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  2. I hope you and your daughter’s adjustments to going back to work are smooth ones. It definitely can be draining to change your routine like that.

    I adore the cover for Icarus Girl. So pretty!

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  3. Oh my gosh, I’m glad you got the Kindle/Calibre mess sorted out! That would’ve given me a mini heart attack. Or maybe a massive one. xD

    Absolutely love your choice of covers! I really need to read Burn, and I love that version of the cover. So many bonus points to The House in the Cerulean Sea (cerulean is my favorite color, too) for the gorgeous cover, the word cerulean, AND being a fricking fabulous novel! One of my favorite reads this year. :3

    Here’s my TTT post.

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