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10 Books I just want to read because their covers scream PRETTY!

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Hi guys,

it takes self-control to not buy pretty things, simply because of their packaging. It doesn’t have to be books, it literally can be anything, as useless or expensive as it might be. If it is pretty, it’s far easier to convince yourself to buy it.

Now it also takes some self-control to find new books with pretty covers and not putting them on my to-be-read shelf or right into the shopping basket – but I did it (I have far too many books for my challenges this year anyway, I can’t afford buying more books if I’m even not able to read them soon).

Here are my 10 pretty books!

(that I didn’t know before I went on a search hunt)

Into the water by Paula Hawkings

1. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Genre: Thriller; Mystery; Fiction;
Pages: 368
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Buy Into the Water on Amazon

As pretty as it is at first, it turns pretty makabre when I started to read the blurb. I loved the mix of the colors as well as the combination of bubbles and the bit of dirt. It’s also cool how the typo fit with the rest of the cover (it’s wiggling a bit and is a bit under water just like a piece of paper) and made the theme even clearer.

Because this book starts when a single mother turns up dead at the bottom of a river. Some might know Paula Hawkins from her bestseller book The Girl on the Train (it’s also a movie now starring Emily Blunt), so I guess and hope this book is going to be as equally as exciting to read.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33151805-into-the-water

Read my full review for Into the Water here 🙂


A thousand pieces of you by Claudia Gray

2. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Genre: Young Adult; Science-Fiction
Pages: 384
Publisher: HarperTeen

Buy A Thousand Pieces of You on Amazon

I love the split aspect of this book and the way they used the colors to display something bland and on the other hand very exciting. It also could show reality and a dream, since the colorful part seems more watercolor-like and uses more exotic colors, fitting the architecture that is shown.

This book is a Young Adult, Science-Fiction and Romance novel as far as I can tell from the blurb.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17234658-a-thousand-pieces-of-you

This has sold me from the moment it read “jump into multiple universes”. So it is a fantasy/science fiction kind of story, involving drama, solving mysterious deaths and probably some more drama – I’m sold.


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3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy; Romance;
Pages: 416
Publisher: Flatiron Books

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The combination of dark colors and calligraphy/typography has made this cover so beautiful and magical (probably because of the glitter elements and the swirls of the main title) – but I really, really love it. It doesn’t tell you too much of what might be happening in the story, yet it feels a little magical.

And yes, it is a book about magic. At least a little tiny bit of magic, as much as I got.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27883214-caraval

To say this here for once, I automatically like books less if they have unusual character name choices or normal character name choices that I can’t stand for whatever reason. Tella and Legend? K dude. Anyway, this book has magic involved and what sounds like some type of circus, so I’m in it! I love this kind of story since The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern!


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4. Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Genre: Young Adult; Science-Fiction; Dystopia; Romance;
Pages: 416
Publisher: Razorbill

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It’s the space and its color’s fault, because PRETTY. Also I heard that the story is very decent, so I really want to read this book as soon as possible (which might or might not be next year). Although I’m not a huge fan of the transition between the girl and the space texture and that little bit too bright flare at the “I” of Universe, but okay.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship —tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8235178-across-the-universe

Is anyone else here reminded of the movie Passengers (with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence), minus the fact that Across the Universe was first here? Anyway, the setting sounds so cool that this one needs to be read! Spaaaaace.


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5. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary; Mystery; Fiction;
Pages: 464
Publisher: HarperTeen

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Funny thing that a cover I call pretty has the word pretty in the cover. Anyways, I loved the calligraphy on this cover and the mix of black and pink, featuring a black mysterious ribbon in the back. Also, the pink font is breaking apart, giving the cover more detail and a little hint about the story.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18710209-tiny-pretty-things

This book sounds like a dancer version of Gossip Girl, so naturally I love it and want to read it. The ribbon part makes sense now and the black ribbon probably represents Gigi’s need to dance, although it might kill her – break her apart? Same with Bette and June, both have dreams that might get crushed in this story, so the cover makes more than sense with the breaking apart font and the dramatic vibe of the cover. I would say it’s a thoughtful cover, well done 😀 Emphasis Gossip Girl, this book needs to be read!


Wicked Like a Wildfire

6. Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy;
Pages: 416
Publisher: Kathrine Tegen Books

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There is so much going on on this cover and I love it! It really can be too much sometimes, book covers being simply too crowded. I also love the choice of color and typography, it’s simply beautiful to look at.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32051720-wicked-like-a-wildfire

Okay, this blurb is at least as beautifully written as the cover is looking. It also sounds like a really beautiful magic sisters kind of book, so this goes right up on my reading list (you will see later, but apparently loads of my chosen books here involve mysterious assassinations).


dividing eden

7. Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy;
Pages: 336
Publisher: HarperTeen

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The throne being divided simply by black ink or whatever fluid that might be is such a nice idea and it looks EPIC. I’m not a huge fan of the font, for me that makes it look cheap a bit but since the main object is so cool, I let it slide with the typography. At least a bit.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32051572-dividing-eden

Yay, it’s a kingdom-like book, I love those kinds. It involves mysterious assassinations, a game of thrones power, monsters, tests and drama! Plus it has twins in it, that makes it unusual for me except if they are redheads, then no thanks. The key word is drama again – let’s read this one!


ivory and bone

8. Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy; Historical; Romance;
Pages: 384
Publisher: HarperTeen

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Simple yet awesome. I’m fan of the main object, the broken ring…? thingy, could be a plate too…anyways! Cool idea having to break it in a S shape (or a snake) and let all the little details of dust and broken parts show. At this instant moment of hitting the flow makes the cover look dynamic and fast-paced, yet a whole lot of dramatic as well with the colors.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27064385-ivory-and-bone

Apparently this book has some allusions to Pride and Prejudice? And am I the only one getting irritated by the names Kol, Lo and Mya? Anyways, this plot sounds super dramatic and has a clan feud in it – LET’S READ THIS ONE! I make weird choices for my books.


of fire and stars

9. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy; LGBTQ+; Romance;
Pages: 400
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

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This cover would have been way cooler without the illustrations and just show us the cool typography, which is already a lot to begin with (3D and everything). The snarkly typography doesn’t really fit with the papercut-like illustration and should have been at the back of the book (I really don’t know it is put there as well, so excuse me if it is the case). Otherwise I really enjoyed this cover because of the calligraphy.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25164304-of-fire-and-stars

Hey, that sounds like a magical fairytale story – yet too generic and often heard, if there wouldn’t be the aspect of having 2 LGBTQ+ characters if I’d read the blurb right. Good for the community, yet there’s needs to be a better plot OR a better blurb. We will see what it is if I ever get to read this book.


strange the dreamer

10. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy;
Pages: 432
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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I have seen this book on Instagram and in real life it looks a lot less yellow than here, which makes it more beautiful when it’s toned down a notch. Strange the Dreamer made it into the pretty bookcover list because I thought the typography looked hella cool and edgy, mixed with the beige-like color and the nice blue. I’m not really a fan of the white accents in the blue as a gradient-light accent thing, but whatever. TYPOGRAPHY!

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28449207-strange-the-dreamer

Since I have read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer sounds like something I would enjoy. Although the blurb doesn’t sound too interesting for me, since not much is revealed there and too many open questions are posed that sound too generic.


So here have been my top 10 pretty covers I have discovered lately. I got and read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins in German (and with a different cover) while I wrote this entry so yay! 1 pretty book down, 9 to go. (If someone wants to send me some, yay and thank you!)

What are your pretty books? Inside or outside? Let me know in the comments!

xo Annina

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