Top Ten Tuesday – What If I Picked A TBR Based On Covers…

Good morning! This week I’m actually managing to post my Top Ten Tuesday on Tuesday! That’s already an improvement from last week! If you missed it thanks to my late posting you can find it here! Today’s prompt is a book cover freebie and after sitting trying to decide what to do for a while I figured what would my TBR look like if I picked it based solely on covers. Now they tell you not to judge a book by its cover but for this week’s post I’ve done exactly that. I headed over to Goodreads and set my Want To Read shelf to gallery view and scrolled down picking ten covers that jumped out at me! I’m not saying these will actually be the next books I read but maybe I’ll get around to prioritising some of them

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Book Cover Freebie – What If I Picked A TBR Based On Covers…

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

The queen you were meant to be
The land you were meant to save
The throne you were meant to claim

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed Ash Princess.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t ignore her feelings and memories any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz.

Forced to make impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become Queen.

This one is actually sitting on my shelf and the cover is beautiful, the crown is actually a cut out showing through to the fire below. It sounds brilliant and the final book in the trilogy is due out this year so I should probably try and get to it soon…


Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney

When Lizzie Lavenza enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn’t have an easy time. From class demands to being an outsider among her male cohorts, she’ll have to go above and beyond to prove herself. So when she stumbles across what appears to be a faulty Bio-mechanical–one of the mechanized cadavers created to service the school–she jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program.

Only this Bio-mechanical isn’t like the others. Where they are usually empty-minded and perfectly obedient, this one seems to have thoughts, feelings… and self-awareness.

Soon Lizzie realizes that it is Victor Frankenstein–a former student who died under mysterious circumstances. Victor, it seems, still has a spark of human intelligence inside him, along with memories of things he discovered before his untimely death.. .and a suspicion that he was murdered to keep that information from getting out. Suddenly Lizzie finds herself intertwined in dark secrets and sabotage that put her life, and the lives of Victor and their friends, in danger. But Lizzie’s determined to succeed–even if that means fighting an enemy who threatens the entire British Empire.

Just look at this cover, it is any surprise it caught my eye while I was scrolling through!


Diary Of A Confused Feminist by Kate Weston

Kat wants to do GOOD FEMINISM, although she’s not always sure what that means. She also wants to be a writer, get together with Hot Josh (is this a feminist ambition?), win at her coursework and not make a TOTAL EMBARRASSMENT of herself at all times.

But the path to true feminism is filled with mortifying incidents and when everything at school starts to get a bit too much, Kat knows she’s lost her way, and the only way forward is to ask for help . . .

Join Kat AKA the Confused Feminist as she navigates EVERYTHING from menstrual cups and mental health to Instagram likes and #TimesUp in her HILARIOUS, OUTRAGEOUS and VERY EMBARRASSING diary.

The bright colours and the eye catching text drew my eye to this one. It promises great things.


The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.

This cover is just beautiful and I absolutely love the fact there is a beautiful black girl on the front. I think publishing still has a long way to go until the stories that are published are as diverse as they could be, in many different ways. However I think that stories like these, are a positive start.


Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective any more.

With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.

But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared but the police won’t do anything about it. And if they won’t look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way… and this time EVERYONE is listening. But will she find him before it’s too late? 

There’s no way this bright cover wouldn’t jump out at you. Then there’s the bold title, there is no way I would have been able to walk past this, and I couldn’t, I have it on pre-order


The Graces by Laure Eve

Everyone said the Graces were witches.
They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.
They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.
All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.

This isn’t the original UK cover of The Graces but it is the version that caught my eye and ended up on my shelf alongside it’s sequel The Curses. I absolutely adore the simplicity of it. The plain black cover just makes the stunning typography really pop. It’s stunning in its simplicity.


The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell

It sounded like a respectable and worthy enough death for an explorer – tumbling from an ice bridge to be impaled upon a mammoth tusk – but Stella really, really didn’t want that to happen, just the same.

Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages . . .

When Stella and three other junior explorers get separated from their expedition can they cross the frozen wilderness and live to tell the tale?

From simplicity to full of detail this cover just screams adventure and excitement. I’m certainly ready to go exploring with the gang!


The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner. As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

This cover just intrigues me. I love the visuals and I need to know more about the girl on the front.


Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James

A magical adventure to delight the imagination. A curl-up-on-the-sofa debut from a uniquely talented author.

Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.

One day Tilly realises that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering’ – crossing over from the page into real life.

With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face.

This is a cover that promises whimsical adventures to me. It’s been sitting on my shelf since it was released and I really should try and get to it soon.


Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day by Dominique Valente

Misfit witch Willow Moss holds the fate of the magical world of Starfell in her rather unremarkable hands . . . A spellbinding new fantasy series for readers aged 8–12, perfect for fans of Cressida Cowell.

Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, has a magical ability for finding lost things – like keys, or socks, or wooden teeth. Her magic might be useful, but it’s not exactly exciting . . . Until, that is, the most powerful witch in the whole of Starfell turns up at her door needing Willow’s help.

A whole day – last Tuesday to be precise – has gone missing. And the repercussions could be devastating. Can Willow find the day to save the day?

The colours on this one are absolutely stunning. I’m absolutely ready to follow Willow into the woods, although that may not be the wisest idea… The second book in the Starfell series looks just as inviting!


As we reach the end I’ve realised that all the books I’ve chosen are Young Adult or Middle Grade reads. That’s not to say there aren’t an awful lot of Adult books sitting on my TBR, I guess the covers just aren’t quite as eye catching as those pitched at younger readers.

I hope you enjoyed my take on this week’s prompt. What did you do for yours? Let me know in the comments!

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – What If I Picked A TBR Based On Covers…

  1. Holliehocks

    My post isn’t up yet, but as someone who did theirs as “10 books on my TBR because of their cover” (because yes, I do have a bad habit of judging books by their covers) I can 100% agree with this list of books with awesome looking covers! I think my favorites are The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club and Starfell… Although your list makes me want to go find a copy of Tilly and the Bookwanderers most of all.

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