Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers


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. This week’s topic for a list of ten is a book cover freebie. “Choose what kind(s) of covers you want to talk about: prettiest, most unique, most misleading, weirdest, most memorable, creepiest, ugliest, etc.”

This week I’m going to split my post into two categories and do five of each.

Top Five Books I Loved But Didn’t Like the Covers

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


Skyward by Brandon Sanderson


Bloodlines by Richelle Mead



The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn



The Martian by Andy Weir



Top Five Covers I Loved But was Disappointed by the Book


Pride by Ibi Zoboi



Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine



Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake



Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout



Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


That’s my TTT this week, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments. Thanks for reading!

8 thoughts on “Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers”

  1. Hallo, Hallo, Antonia,

    I’m curious? As I haven’t yet finished reading PRIDE yet – what pulled you out of the story? I initially loved the first twenty-five pages but maybe something happens deeper into the novel I haven’t come across yet. I admit, I loved the endpages and the inside artwork – very cleverly put together and loved how it showcased the characters. However, like you – if a book doesn’t live up to the synopsis I am expecting to find inside it OR surprises me too hard with a plot I just can’t feel is one I’m loving to find – the artwork on the cover is just that ‘art’. Which is why I found this post refreshing.

    Except — you didn’t outline per book what was wrong and why they weren’t your cuppa!? I’d have loved to know what didn’t work for you per book or what did work for you per book; I love those readerly insights as it helps me choosing my #nextreads!!

    Today – I finally could share my Top Anticipated Reads for 2020. I admit, most of the covers left me spellbound! I can’t wait to dive into them and see what awaits me when the books come into my life to be read!!

    1. Wow thank you so much. I read Pride about a year ago so it’s hard for me to remember some of the specifics but I know the main problem for me was that the second half of the book happens in such a short period of time during which the characters go through so many changes it just felt unrealistic but for the most part I enjoyed the story otherwise. I reviewed a couple of the others which I’ll link to you in another comment when I get on a computer (I’m just on the app right now). And for Scarlet I liked the book but it was my least favorite from the series and I’d run out of ideas for the post.

      1. Ooh dear… Antonia, I can see why that would be troublesome! I had the same reaction actually to a Historical novel I was reading years ago – The Story of Land & Sea – I’m going to have to wait and see what happens with Pride, now that I know this is going to come up in the ending chapters I’ll be better prepared.

        Technically it reminds me of “Walker Texas Ranger” as well – as a tv series they always stuffed to the gills so much content that by the time it went to do the wrap-up sequences at the end? They were literally rolling credits! lol In stories its much more frustrating for me, though.

        Ooh! I can’t wait to see which links you’ll have for me… eagerly awaiting further notes from you. I haven’t had the chance to start “Cinder” yet… but I have read series where I’ve become disenchanted with sequels – always hard because it disrupts the joy.

        Grateful I stopped by your lovely blog!

        1. I agree! I always want more to the story and it’s so aggravating when authors cut it short. I highly recommend Cinder, it’s amazing. And even if you don’t love Scarlet as much I definitely suggest pushing on to the rest of the series because the third book, Cress, was my favorite.
          Below I linked my reviews for Ogre Enchanted and Three Dark Crowns that I’d mentioned in my post.

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