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10 Books you should judge by their cover

Sometimes books defy the cliché

With covers this creative, you should judge the book by them. No need to feel guilty. The stories won't disappoint either.

Sometimes books defy the cliché

Go ahead, buy the book because you love the cover so much. Throw the old cliché aside and rest assured these books won't leave you feeling remorseful.

More and more authors and publishers are taking creative liberties with covers becoming more artistic and interpretive. The results are not only eye-catching but often a great representation of the well-written story inside.

Sometimes books defy the cliché


17 & Gone

Nova Ren Suma

The lines between psychological and paranormal blur in this novel just as beautifully as the colors on this cover.

Sometimes books defy the cliché


Finding the Dragon Lady

Monique Brinson Demery

Uh, this cover would be freaking amazing without any reference. Now factor in that this is a real picture of a real woman holding a gun and looking fierce. And that's just where her awesomeness begins. You'll have to read the book to discover the Dragon Lady's other secrets. And she had many.

Sometimes books defy the cliché


The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

For a book about the art world, this cover is brilliant — like peeling away the canvas to unveil a masterpiece both on the front and within the pages. Not to mention, this is the book on everyone's reading this right now.

Sometimes books defy the cliché


Out of My Mind

Sharon M. Draper

I laughed out loud when I saw this fish, especially accompanied with the title of this book, but between this cover is an amazing story that has both heartache and spirit. It's the story of Melody, who is trapped in her own body, just like the fish is trapped in the water. But she's about to prove to everyone what she's capable of.

Sometimes books defy the cliché


Life After Life

Kate Atkinson

With themes of philosophy and exploration into the meaning of life, this book is as poetic and delicate as the cover. Beautifully written and fascinatingly haunting, it's a must-read for 2013.

Sometimes books defy the cliché


The Never List

Koethi Zan

This cover is enough all on its own to inspire a case of the chills. Throw in a haunting story, and the book is a complete thriller package. Don't enter into this tale lightly just as you wouldn't go barging toward that house on the cover without some initial investigating.

Sometimes books defy the cliché



J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

If you haven't seen J.J. Abrams' TED Talk, go watch it now and you will understand how perfectly this book lines up with everything Abrams stands for. It's a mystery box all on its own. Open the book, turn the pages and discover the adventure within.

Sometimes books defy the cliché


Shatter Me

Tahereh Mafi

This young adult novel is part X-Men with just the right amount of Twilight. The cover is beautiful enough to warrant a closer look, with dark secrets hiding in the image. This novel will also take you by surprise.

Sometimes books defy the cliché


The Replacement

Brenna Yovanoff

For some reason, this book made me think of a Tim Burton-esque style. The cover screams it as well. If you like the uniquely twisted and dark, this book is for you.

Sometimes books defy the cliché


Playing Tyler

T.L. Costa

When video games meet reality, the result is a story that's as fantastically interesting as this cover. This book is young adult like we've never seen.

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