Judging Book Covers

I like judging things. So I decided to go to my Goodreads read shelf, set it on random and then judging the covers of the first n books. Until I get bored, basically. I’m going to rate each cover out of 5 stars and I will divide the rating in two: 2.5 stars for aesthetic and 2.5 stars for relevance to the book.


1. Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Bryan Williams

I think this is a pretty good cover. It’s got pretty colours, an interesting font and it tells you something about the book. Based on this cover, you know that the characters go in some kind of tunnel, underground place and there are ominous looking guys with vicious dogs chasing them. Which gives you an idea about what to expect. All in all, thi book gets 2 stars for aesthetic and 2 for relevance, a total of 4/5 stars.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I own this movie tie-in edition of the book, which as far as movie tie-in editions go, is not hideous. I’m not really a fan of movie-tie ins because they usually have faces on them and faces on book covers just… don’t work that well. But I don’t hate this one. I like the colour scheme and it gives you a decent idea of what the book is about and it’s also not overly dramatic, as book covers with faces on them tend to be. I would say it 1.5 stars for relevance and 1 star for aesthetic, a total of 2.5/5.

3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I’m not a fan of this cover. The first thing I think of when I see it is jungle. It kind of gives me an Indiana Jones, lost treasure vibe and that’s just completely out of the scope of the book. If you’ve read the book and you pay attention, then you get the cover, but if you haven’t read the book, it doesn’t really tell you much about it, especially at first glance. I’m also not a fan of the font and that orange is the final nail in the coffin. It gets 1.5 stars for relevance, and 0.5 for aesthetic, with a total of 2/5 stars.

4. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Ok… what even is this cover? I mean, it’s pretty, I’ll give it that. It’s actually really pretty. I’m happy to give it the full 2.5 stars for that. But… what does that have to do with the book? Is it a book about evil cyborg butterflies? Or maybe about a sadistic bastard who likes torturing butterflies? Or maybe he has an army of cyborg butterflies that shred people with their knife wings? It just tells you nothing about the story. At least not about this story. You could argue that maybe the two halves of the butterfly represent the two girls, but you wouldn’t get that until after you’ve read the book. It does give off a sci-fi kind of vibe, so I’ll give it 0.5 for relevance because of that, with a total of 3/5 stars.

5. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I’m usually not a fan of orange, but I don’t hate this one. I would like it better if it didn’t have the faces on there, but at least they’re not just pictures of people. I like the font a lot and the city landscape. You have the quiver there that tells you it’s got some warrior or hunter aspect to it, which is relevant to the story and the city landscape alongside the mystical looking swirly lights and glowy tattoos give you a good idea about the genre. I don’t think that Alec is necessarily the most relevant character to be on this cover, but it does give you an idea of the book. I’m going to give it 1.5 stars for aesthetic and 1.5 for relevance, with a total of 3/5 stars.

6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

This is one of the editions of this book that I own, I do have another one as well, but I will rate this one. It has a nice, classic feel to it, it’s got a nice font with the alternate title included there as well, and I really like that forest green background. It also tells you quite a lot about the story, you have the dragon on top of its hoard of gold and a little silhouette there sneaking around trying to steal something, because why else would you sneak around in a dragon’s lair? I give this cover 2 stars for aesthetic and 2 for relevance, with a total of 4/5 stars.

 

Ten Unique Books – Top 10 Tuesday

Ten Unique Books – Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is 10 unique books you’ve read.

It’s not Tuesday, it’s Thursday, let’s move on. I think it’s become clear by now that it’s an event when I actually make a top 10 Tuesday post on a Tuesday.


The Graceling Series by Kristin Kashore

This companion series was so unique to me because for one, I believe it was the first companion series I had read. And the thing that links these three novels together is the villain, which I thought was really cool. Also, the relationships in this series are quite unique within the YA genre and I loved that aspect of it. It’s an amazing series that I feel does not get the hype it deserves.

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

I found this duology to be unique because generally in YA, the main characters are always so physically beautiful. And to have a main character who was not flawless, for a change, was really refreshing and quite unique at least within the YA genre. It also had some pretty cool mythology. Another really underrated series, in my opinion.

The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

I feel like hardly a post goes by when I don’t talk about this series. I honestly love it so much and it’s so, freaking underrated (this is turning into an underrated books post). The blend of magic and technology and the spin it puts on fairies and just celtic folklore is amazing. The characters are quite unique, the titular character, Artemis, is one of my favourite characters ever. It’s just a great series guys. Read it.

Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley

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This is not a book that I enjoyed that much. You can read my full review on it for my thoughts and opinions. But it was definitely unique. I have to give it that. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that had me kinda cringing from its… uniqueness, but also kinda curious to see what the actual hell. So yeah, it definitely has a place on this list.

Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix

I’ve only read the first book in this series. I recently read it, and I enjoyed it. I should have a review of it soon. I thought it was pretty unique because it’s not every day you read a book with a necromancer as the protagonist. It has a cool mythology that reminds me a bit of Dante’s Inferno and a bit of the Greek mythology of the Underworld. It’s cool. It’s unique. At least I’ve not read anything quite like it before.

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

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This story is told through letters from Screwtape, a senior demon, to his nephew to guide him in his attempt to lead his assigned human into temptation and eventually to hell. I thought it was very unique and I loved this book. I don’t think I’ve ever read a C. S. Lewis book I have not loved, to be honest. This is satire and I love satire. And it’s really good satire.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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I can’t really say why I think this is unique because spoilers. I mean, it’s been forever since the books came out, the movies are all out as well (though I don’t know whether they changed the ending or not, cause I haven’t watched the last ones), but I still don’t like outright spoiling things, particularly that this is such a major thing. Most of you probably know what I’m talking about.

The series in itself was not particularly unique. It stands out among YA dystopian as one of the better ones, but other than that… it’s not so unique. Except for the ending of this book. That’s not really something you see very often in YA. I don’t think I have ever seen it in any other book. So, it deserves a place on this list.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

This series has a pretty cool and unique take on dragons. I’ve only read the first book so far and I really enjoyed it. Particularly the dragons and how they work. I thought they were really cool and unique. I also enjoyed the very political nature of the plot. I know a lot of books have political plots, but this one stands out in my mind for some reason.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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I loved this book so much. I read it… easily 8 years ago and I still remember it so vividly. I think this was the first novel I ever finished in one day. I could not stop reading. So well written, so unique in its idea and construct and just… gah! This book is a masterpiece. And if you’ve not read it, you’re missing out.

The Tunnels Series by Rodrick Gordon and Brian Williams

I used to be obsessed with this series. I’m sad that I never finished it and that I’ve forgotten so much about it, that I would have to reread it in order to continue, which I doubt will happen. I think there are 6 books in the series. At the time I read it, there were 4 out and I’ve read those, but then I had to wait and I just never continued with it.

This series takes place mostly underground where an entire civilization lives. And it’s so cool, it’s quite dark and mysterious and kind of conspiracy theory-esque. It’s awesome and has a really unique plot and characters as well, and just the whole underground civilization is really cool and I’ve not seen anything quite like it.

5 Series I Probably Won’t Finish – Part One

5 Series I Probably Won’t Finish – Part One

I read a lot of series. And I have a very bad habit of starting a lot of series and then leaving them unfinished, not because I don’t want to finish them, but just because I’m weird. But sometimes, I start a series and the reason I don’t continue with it is because I actually don’t want to. There are quite a few, so I will serialise this and post 5 series at a time. I will also link to the Book Depository and Goodreads pages of the first book in the series, in case you’re interested.


1. Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

5160arzmcdlI really loved this series when I read it. It was really interesting and I had never read anything like it. I haven’t read anything quite like it since then either. I read the first 3 books and about two thirds of the fourth. I’m not sure why I didn’t finish the fourth one, but I just didn’t. And now, it’s been so long, I’ve forgotten so much about it and I am just not going to re-read them just so I can continue with the series. It’s a good mystery sci-fi though. With some elements of horror, I would say.

Book Depository | Goodreads

2. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

21936988I did not like this book. It was boring. I went into it thinking it would be about this weird girl who was born with poisonous skin. And I thought we would get some cool mythology about the sin eater. I thought it would be some sort of creature or wizard or magical being… I don’t know. Something other than a fat lady who eats a lot. But no, this book was just disappointment after disappointment. It was boring. And the main character was stupid and I was always annoyed with her and just, ugh. I have to admit, it does have a cool cover though.

Book Depository | Goodreads 

3. The Selection by Kiera Cass

10507293This is another series that I just did not like. I know a lot of people do, but it annoyed me and I thought it was badly written and badly thought out and I have a whole rant about it on Goodreads if you are interested. The books do get a bit better as the story progresses, but the plot was mediocre and the characters were just awful. I read the main trilogy and I have no desire to read the other ones. They’re not even with the same characters.

Book Depository | Goodreads

4. The Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep

6611038This is an adult urban fantasy series that is not bad, but it’s not good. And it’s so freaking long. It’s like over 15 books long, I think. I am never going to finish it. I’ve read 4 books and I might read a few more books in the series, because they’re quick reads and they’re entertaining, but I don’t think I will ever read  all of them.

Book Depository | Goodreads

5. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

9780375823459I loved The Golden Compass. I loved the movie and I also loved the book (although for some reason, I enjoyed the film more). But I read about half of The Subtle Knife and I didn’t like it so much. I mean, I didn’t dislike it, but I got bored with it and I just never finished it. And as with the Tunnels series, I will probably not go back to the books and re-read them and then finish the series.

Book Depository | Goodreads