Book Covers I Love of Books I Will Never Read

Posted September 8, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Discussions / 78 Comments

I am such a lover of book covers. They are often a reason I pick up a book. Sometimes though I love the cover and still pass on reading the book attached. Here are some examples of books where I love the cover and will (probably) never read it.


hafWhy I love the covers: Those colors against the black are so striking and catches my eye.
Why I won’t be reading: Honestly I kind of fell off the JLA band wagon and of the series I haven’t read from her this one interests me the least.
pecuWhy I love the covers: Black and white and creepy kids for the win.
Why I won’t be reading: I had always wanted to read these and then didn’t. Now there is a movie. I think I am going to go the movie route on these.

PicMonkey CollageWhy I love the covers: The colors are amazing and the images within the silhouette are so well done.
Why I won’t be reading:
While the blurb sounds interesting I just know it isn’t on I will pick up.seleWhy I love the covers: Pretty pretty dresses.
Why I won’t be reading:
I have seen so many mixed reviews on this series it turned me off.

Stand Alones

standWhy I love the covers: Magonia and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrow of Ava Lavender have such pretty feather images which such beautiful colors. I love the typography  and book on the cover of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. The Forbidden Wish also has great typography and colors. Wink Poppy Midnight is just perfection from the typography to the images on the black background.
Why I won’t be reading : The reasons vary from the blurb doesn’t catch me, to mixed reviews to just not interested.

Middle Grade

MGWhy I love the covers: These all have amazing colors, images and typography.
Why I won’t be reading : Middle grade isn’t my thing. I however have recommended these to my niece 🙂

Are there any books that have covers you love but you know you will never read ?

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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78 responses to “Book Covers I Love of Books I Will Never Read

  1. Ani

    Ooh. This is a great topic! I, myself, have a lot of books with pretty, pretty covers of which I will probably never read.

    I have a thing for bold colors on black, but I’ve never really been interested in anything JLA. But those ARE pretty cool covers. You know, I think I just have a thing for anything on solid black or solid white backgrounds anyway. Of all the covers depicted here, I think I like Magonia the best… although I’ve read the book and it was a strange read for me that ended up being a ‘meh’ impression.
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  2. I was so intrigued by the title of this post! I actually enjoyed the Covenant series by JLA. Like, full on enjoyed it. It’s very action packed, but it’s like Vampire Academy. It’s not an original idea, considering VA came out first. And you can tell JLA kind of copied off of it when you read the stories.
    I read the first book of Miss Peregrine. At times it was very boring and very slow. But the movie looks freaking amazing!!
    Christy from Novel Ink loves The Selection series and I kept a very open mind for the first book and actually enjoyed it. I think because I wanted to like it so I put away my blogger/criticism away and only left the reader side of me to enjoy the book so that helped 🙂
    I agree on the standalones. The covers are gorgeous!! But I don’t know if I’ll ever read them.
    I love this post, Grace!
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  3. I’ve read some of these and would read the rest, except for middle grade (not my thing) and Selection (really not my thing). I didn’t mind JLA’s series so much once it stopped being a carbon copy of Vampire Academy. But for that first book, in Richelle Mead’s place, I would have sued.
    Anyway, all of these are heart-stoppingly gorgeous.

  4. Haha, I love this post title because I have so many of those. It makes me sad that the the stories with those beautiful covers couldn’t have been something I actually want to read! All of these are pretty, I do agree with you. And I’ve not read most of them. Wink Poppy Midnight is definitely one on my list, such a gorgeous cover, but not a book I actually want to read, and I’ve seen a lot of negative things. I have however read the first three books in The Selection. Probably a good call you’re making by not reading them lol.
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  5. I have always heard the Half Blood series is good, but I have no desire to try it anymore. I’m so turned off by series with SO MANY books. That’s too much of a time commitment!
    I love creepy books, but I have no desire to try Riggs books, either. I’ll see the movie instead.
    I’m such a sucker for pretty covers, too. I am actually disappointed when I love a cover, but the book isn’t good! 🙂
    Great post!
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  6. I agree with all of these, although I have read a few! I actually haven’t read ANY JLA and if I was going to, I’d probably pick up some of her more popular ones (I’ve never even seen or heard of the books you mentioned lol) For The Selection series, I read the first three, then gave up. Honestly, I don’t think you’re missing out on much haha. I’ve read Miss Peregrines (just the first one) and I feel like the cover is SO misleading. It’s not at all what I thought it was going to be, so I haven’t continued. I liked it, but I just expected something different… For the ones I haven’t read on your list, while the covers are great, I’ve just never felt compelled to actually buy them. haha
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  7. Great post! I so agree, sometimes a cover is awesome but it’s just not a story for me, you know? So yeah… Half Blood and Pure are awesome covers, and I like The readers of Broken Wheel too. And what is it with MG covers? There are some great ones, every time I’m at B&N if I go through the kids section there are so many nice MG covers but I don’t read many of those anymore. Still they look pretty good! 🙂

    Rules for stealing Stars is nice…
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  8. I agree with everyone here that said, “Great post Grace!” because this is a great post. There are quite a few books that come to mind where I loved the cover but have no plans to read the book.

    I love the dresses on those Cass books but I was never interested in reading them or if I was, I changed my mind. Same with those standalone covers. Gorgeous!
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  9. I agree with so many of these! Especially the Armentrout series, sometimes when they get so long it feels like you will never catch up!

  10. Lola

    Such a fun topic! I love the cover for those JLA covers, I have read 3 of the books in that series and I actually think these are some of her best books, but I kinda fell off from the JLA bandwagen too. I read all her books and then suddenly didn’t seem interested anymore. Although i did pick up Wicked recently when it was on sale.
    The Selection covers are great too. I have read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it. It’s quite light on the dystopia elements, but I thought it was a great book.
    I like a good MG book now and then and hadn’t seen these around before, will have to check them out as those covers definitely catch my attention.
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  11. Great topic! I am on the same page I pick a book up by the cover, but I need the back to hook me before I commit to reading it. I completely agree on the Cass books that the dresses on the covers are so pretty, but I have read so many mixed reviews I am not sure I would like them.

  12. What a fun post! If you haven’t read VA yet, read that instead of the ovenant series since it’s a blatant rip off. The Selection series is one that I never want to read but I weirdly want to own all the books.

  13. The JLA series while entertaining isn’t all that special. The first book mirrors the first Vampire Acadamy book quite a bit. The Selection series is just pretty drab, the MC of that series is so very insufferable and always makes the dumbest decisions. The series also is the least like a Dystopian of any series I’ve read in that genre. There isn’t a single likable character, in my opinion, in that entire series. I only read the first three books, but I haven’t heard great things about the other two.

  14. Great post! I own a number of books that I bought because of the covers but I know I’ll never read for whatever reasons. I fell off the JLA bandwagon after Obsidian. After that, I just couldn’t deal. The Selection is another series I never had any intention of reading. I loathe Bachelor/Bachelorette so yeah, hard pass.

  15. Great topic, Grace! I’m with you on some of these. I actually did read the first Miss Peregrine’s book but I won’t continue with the series. It felt more like MG than YA and overall I just wasn’t impressed and don’t understand the hype. I’m unsure about the movie. The Jackaby books have gorgeous covers but they don’t interest me at all. But I’ll still be reading the JLA series and The Selection series… eventually. 🙂
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  16. You and are I are on the same page on all of these except the Ransom Riggs, I did read the first two books and I liked them especially the vintage pictures, but I got ticked off by the cliffhangers and just didn’t care anymore but the time book three came out.

  17. I totally agree with you on most of these books, especially the Selection series. I actually have the first book but I kind of lost the urge to read it. Maybe I’ll just have to put it up for a giveaway, who knows? Also agree with most books on your standalone list! I’ve heard mixed reviews of those, especially Magonia, Wink Poppy Midnight and the Forbidden Wish.

    I also really like the covers for the Throne of Glass series but all the drama surrounding made the books a total turn off for me. :/
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  18. I LOOOOOVE this post! Because I feel you on SO many of these! I want to read Miss Peregrine’s just for the pictures and the cover, but that seems like a mistake haha. ANd same with The Selection, I actually own 3 of them, but I know what happens in the story because of the dumb spoilers all over the spinoff and I no longer care. Also, good call with Magonia. Is your reason “bird people”? It should be. And I LOVE the cover of Wink Poppy Midnight, but NOPE, I have heard… not great things. The Forbidden Wish was decent, but I also LOVED the first cover for it- this one cannot compare.

    Also, I feel you with Jackaby- I know I will never read it, but I can’t tell you why. It’s really weird, now that I think about it OH and same with MG- I get seriously bummed when I see an awesome MG cover because I know I am never reading it hahah.
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    • Yay!! Yeah Miss Peregrine’s I want to see the pictures too. Ugh on spoilers. My reason for Magonia wasn’t bird people but it is now! Yeah it is a shame about Wink Poppy Midnight. It has the best cover. I thought there was a different cover for The Forbidden Wish. I thought I was losing it. Yeah I know I won’t pick MG even though there is no real reason!

  19. Amy

    I love the Jackaby covers and I enjoyed the first book, but I haven’t continued the series yet. It was different than I thought it would be… it felt like young YA even though the characters actually had to be older because they were out on there own, and apparently I missed from the synopsis the paranormal aspect so that took me by surprise. Still fun though!
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  20. I definitely do not recommend JLA’s Covenant series, it’s way too similar to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and no where near as good! I gave up in the middle of book three… The main character isn’t likeable at all! The cover’s look good together though.

    Eee The Selection series borders on one of the most annoying series I have ever partially read! It’s so shallow and the MC is so frustrating. But I definitely love the covers. They’re so pretty!!
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  21. Tessa

    This was such a creative post! I love the topic, I could probably rant about it for days but I will spare you my rambling.
    But I have to say that I wish I was as smart as you when I picked up The Selection series. Unfortunately, I was blinded by the stunning dresses on the covers and I was sucked into reading the whole series. It was a whirlwind of teenage drama and useless flirting. I regret spending so much time on that series.
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  22. Totally missed this post a month ago when I was on vacation, but had to comment when I saw your monthly wrap-up!

    I have soooo many books like this! I’m obsessed with covers and add them to my TBR juuust for that reason sometimes. I have a post actually sitting in my drafts of the “top covers I LOVE for books I didn’t” with all the best book covers from books I was meh about!
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