Top Five Saturday: Cover Buys

Top Five Saturday is a meme hosted by Devouring Books in which the bookish community discover and share books that all have a common theme. Previously, the meme has focused on a range of different characters (witches and werewolves), genres (thrillers, detectives and re-tellings) and thoughts about the industry and life as a bookworm, and many more. 

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Never judge a book by its cover

That is the advice given by parents everywhere… and what nonsense it is! Consider the time and energy and expense spent on covers by writers and artists! So much effort, all driving to the one aim of being judged! I mean, people, judge books by their covers, please! Don’t judge other people by their appearances, obviously – but book? Heck yes!

So, here are the last five books I purchased based primarily on their covers, as opposed to the author or the blurb or recommendations. It is strange that most of these upcoming books are in the fantasy genre…

And as this is all about the covers and the art work, I present them to you with no further comment!

A Natural History of Dragons, Marie Brennan

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir

The Ten Thousand Doors of January and The Once and Future Witches, Alix E Harrow

The Year of the Witching, Alexis Henderson

Again, a David Mitchell book is an event, and a thing of beauty! But the music industry is not my natural setting and again I was caught between this and another book – Daisy Jones and the Six in this case – and Daisy Jones was read first. This time, because it was nominated on a book club I was part of.


Bonus: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he’s part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count.

Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich – they’re the only ones worth stealing from – but the poor can go steal for themselves. What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards.

This one has been on my TBR for years. Literally years. I have heard nothing but praise for it, but so far have never quite got around to reading it! Go figure!

So, there we go: a range of books that I got in 2020 – save for the Scott Lynch – and do regret not reading during the year. Is regret the right word? Probably not to be honest: I do not regret the reading that I did do last year at all. But these are books that I would like to find time to catch up with this year – before prize season hits us again!

Pop in the comments below your thoughts on these – maybe let me know which I should read first!

Upcoming Top Five Topics

  • December 5th, 2020 — Apocalyptic Books
  • December 12th, 2020 — Water on the Cover
  • December 19th, 2020 — Famous Authors
  • December 26th, 2020 — 2021 Releases

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