I considered skipping this week’s Top 10 Tuesday simply because as of late I have been primarily reading books that have been picked by my book clubs. However, I looked over my book shelf and several books immediately popped out. These were the same books that drew me to buy them in the first place. I know that we aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover but I would be lying if I said that a colorful cover or a quirky title didn’t give me pause in a book store or the library. So here are the books that I ended up buying and better yet, even read.
As soon as I saw this book, I immediately wanted it. I honestly didn’t even know what it was about, but when it popped up in the Book of the Month queue, I added it to my box. It was almost sent to a fate that most books go to once bought, to languish on a book shelf for years collecting dust. However, this book only sat for a few months before I jumped in and I was so glad I did. It was a compelling story about two sisters who are trying to deal with their racial identity and the decisions they make over the years that affect not only themselves but each other and their families. This was a pleasant surprise.
Both the title and the cover captured my attention. I immediately wanted to know what the author meant by the “Louding voice.” I don’t think I even read the summary before I chose it for another Book of the Month box. This book is so powerful and honestly I think it’s a must read. Everyone needs the opportunity to find their louding voice.
I knew as soon as I saw this book that it was going to be a good book. I normally don’t read young adult books unless they are chosen for book club, but this book I had to have. First off, look at that cover and then the title – it has so many meanings, which you don’t find out until you read the book all the way through. I absolutely loved this book and I am so glad that I own it.
I remember where I was when I bought this book. I was taking my second walk through of a local library book sale. I needed another book to make the sale even (I think it was a 3 for $1 deal). Then I happened across this book. The cover isn’t much to look at. But it was the title that grabbed me. I wanted to know everything that this person never told me. What I wasn’t expecting was just how much wasn’t said. This book has ended up in my Top 10 lists and is one that I have recommended to so many people.
This was my Book of the Month pick last month and I picked it because something about the cover just appealed to me. I have yet to read it but every time I look at it, I itch to pick it up. It just looks so enticing. I have heard mixed reactions to the book since purchasing but I am not going to let sway me either way. I plan to get to this book before the summer is over.
There was something about the title “Behold the Dreamers” that really caught my attention when this book came out. I remember seeing a review for this at the job in the paper and immediately making a note to check it out. As soon as I could get it, I checked it out of the local library. Once again my instinct was right. This is another one of my top 10 favorite books and have recommended it to everyone I can.
So this title is definitely a tongue twister, but it definitely caught my attention. At first I wasn’t going to read it because I had heard mixed reviews, but that damn title kept pestering me. I needed to find out what it was about. It was rather a surprising story and one that I enjoyed.
To this day I can’t say why, but there is something magical about this cover. Which I guess is the point since that is what the book is about but I didn’t know it at the time. I ended up loaning it at the library and I ended up loving it. And because I loved the cover so much, I needed it on my bookshelf.
This is a book that I read because of the cover and the title. However, my like for the book stopped at the cover. I ended up not liking the story and it went into the donation box once I finished it.
So if there is one thing I am a sucker for, it’s a title that has a metaphorical meaning. You can thank “To Kill a Mockingbird” for that one. I had never heard of David Guterson before buying this book at the library but I ended up buying it because of the title. It sat on my shelf for awhile before shoving it into a carry on bag when I was going on vacation. Let’s just say that I finished it before my vacation was over.
What cover or titles made you want to read the book? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!