This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is books with red, white and blue covers. It’s supposed to be about 4th July, but being a Brit that day has no meaning for me personally. Anyway, I thought maybe I would just choose books with the Union Jack colours, before realising they’re the same. And then I made my list, and realised 9 of the 10 are blue books. Never mind…
Another night, another day
I love the cover, especially with it’s significance to this really powerful story about mental health recovery. There is a message within the book that mental health is not so much about not having any rain at all, but about having an umbrella to protect you when it does happen.
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe
I just love the patterns round the edge of the cover, so pretty, and the sky is such a nice colour, it’s like the perfect summer’s evening.
Beedle the Bard
I love the original cover of this book, it’s so delicate and magical. There are some gorgeous illustrations inside the book too, and I think they were all done by Rowling, copied from the books she sold at a charity auction.
The beginning of the world in the middle of the night
This cover is so nice and eye-catching, but I also liked reading the stories and matching each picture to each story. I love the bright red poppies, they’re even more striking on the actual cover. This is a naked hardcover book, which just makes the cover even prettier.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
This cover, despite it being so simple, is so evocative. It’s perfect for this historical fiction, which if you haven’t read it is about Bruno, whose dad is a Nazi soldier in charge of a concentration camp. One day, Bruno meets a boy the same age as him, but who’s behind the camp’s fence and they become friends.
Boy Meets Boy
I think this cover attracted me to the book because it was so simple, and the little hearts remind me of Love Hearts sweets. If you haven’t read this book, it’s such an escapist LGBT story set in pretty much a gay utopia where everyone accepts everyone just as they are.
Despite the fact I didn’t love this story, I really like the style of the cover, it feels almost like the person shattered into smaller fragments and there’s a lot of overlap. I also really like the font styles, being so traditionally masculine and feminine.
Love will tear us apart
I remember part of the reason I ordered this book was because I really liked the cover, with the flying white, blue and red birds. I also really like the clouds design, yet the rip and the birds flying away from it remind you that this is not a happy tale of love.
Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda
I think this is one of the most recognisable covers of recent years, it’s very striking. This is the only red book on the list, but for me if someone asked me to think of a red book this would be the first that would come to my mind. Such a cute story too.
Weird things customers say in bookshops
I really enjoy the style of this cover as well. If you haven’t managed to read this book yet, I think it’s a must read for some comedy for book nerds. Jen is one of my favourite book tubers, and she used to work in a bookshop so this collection of funny things is a great reflection on her time in that industry.