Judge these books by their covers

Today, in the second part of my series on my favourite book covers of all time, we view 10-6 on the list. Yesterday I shared 15-11 on my list. Come back tomorrow at 17:00 GMT for the third and final part to discover my all time favourite cover…

The following list does not reflect or establish my views on the contents on the book, nor indeed guarantee that I have read it. The image captions state the publisher and where I got the image from. In reverse order, my favourite covers are:


Black Swan  From Goodreads
Black Swan
From Goodreads

Even if it did remind me of The Matrix’s ‘There is no spoon’ (which was more than likely the point and a double entendre), this is a fantastic cover. Anyone who hasn’t whiled away hours trying to make words out of elements hasn’t truly lived, and this brilliant cover celebrates that-and is simultaneously catchy and cool.


Harper Collins From Goodreads
Harper Collins
From Goodreads

Obviously one of the most famous books of all time is deserving of a fantastic cover. And it has been given it here by Harper Collins, the blood red broken only by the gold writing of the author and title, and the drawing of the three rings, the One Ring, and the Eye of Sauron-none of these things are known to someone who hasn’t read it, but it is still hugely striking, and a brilliant cover.


Scribner From Goodreads
From Goodreads

Out of an American classic book comes an American classic cover. The image of a crying woman’s “Celestial Eyes” reflected in a window in front of the bright lights of the USA. A perfect embodiment of the book, but even more so a beautiful cover standing on its own, at once moving and tragic.


Harper Collins From Goodreads
Harper Collins
From Goodreads

Where would we be without Dr Seuss? For one there would be no Cat in the Hat. Seuss’ best known work loved by thousands of children. The stripes down the side match the hat very well, and the writing isn’t too in-your-face, but matches the cat. The character shown here of The Cat in the Hat (who would’ve guessed?) is so childlike but at the same time so lovable, and brings back feelings of simple joy and happiness.


Tower Publishing  From Wikimedia Commons
Tower Publishing
From Wikimedia Commons

Another of William Le Queux’s invasion novels, I love this due to the combination of old and new. The old guard of the redcoat uniform (Boer War-esque) complete with bayonet and rifle is meeting the new guard of warships. The symbolism of the British resistance in the face of the agressor is not lost, nor the fact that the sun is setting on the British Empire in the novel. The only colours-the red of the uniform and the sun contrast beautifully with the black warships.

Agree? Disagree?

Do you like these covers? Have I missed out your favourite? Please leave a comment or contact me, I would be interested to discuss it. Otherwise, please share with the buttons below and rate.

3 thoughts on “Judge these books by their covers

  1. Terrific! I love a good cover. I remember a website about really bad covers created by people who had not read the books–also hilarious. Gatsby has always been a favorite. The detective in me wonders, though, about these covers compared with the originals. Any ideas?

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s