Top Ten Tuesday #315

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I finally got some good news on a temp job at Cambridge’s vaccination centre so I’m really happy about that. I’m still applying for journalism jobs but it’s so nice to finally have some good job news after the past year.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is another cover one, apparently this year is the year of cover posts for me! Anyway, this week’s cover topic is Books With Nature on The Cover, and I’ve tried to avoid floral covers as much as possible since I already shared a lot of those for my Spring Book Covers post. So here we go, Books With Nature on The Cover:

  1. Rule of Wolves-Leigh Bardugo
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I have to admit the Rule of Wolves cover wasn’t quite what I was expecting, I was expecting wolves, not a tree to be the centrepiece of the cover. This picture also doesn’t really do the cover justice as it’s much more vibrant than this in real life, it’s silver and red which is very striking, this picture kind of makes it look a dull grey. I still think it’s a really cool cover though and I especially love the little animal details in the corner with the wolf, the fox (!!!), the eagle and then I think maybe a dragon of some sort at the top. It’s definitely a very nature filled cover, so perfect for this prompt.

2. The Raven Boys-Maggie Stiefvater

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You’ll be seeing a lot of bird themed covers in this list because apparently they are very popular! I love the whole Raven Cycle series cover, the art style with the watercolour drawings is so lovely. I love how much detail there is on this cover as well, the swirls on the wings that kind of look like eyes, the little red section that looks like a heart, it’s all so beautifully done and it looks like such a lifelike bird as well.

3. Paper and Fire-Rachel Caine

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The UK editions of the Great Library series all have some kind of animal themed design on the front, the first book has a butterfly, this one is a bird, the third has a lion, the fourth a dragon and the fifth a dog. This one is my favourite though, I think the bird (which I want to say is either a crow or a raven) is really striking, and I love the colours in the cover.

4. A Thousand Perfect Notes-CG Drews

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I love this one because it’s really unique, the idea of the just one butterfly wing as the design is not something I’ve really seen before. I love the colours, the way the light pink fades into the darker red and black at the tips of the wings, and it’s super cool how if you have two copies and you put the front and back covers together, it makes a whole butterfly.

5. An Enchantment of Ravens-Margaret Rogerson

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I may not have been that keen on the actual book but I definitely can’t deny that this cover is beautiful. The autumnal colours come through really well, suiting the story and I love how the bird blends beautifully into the cover.

6. The Surface Breaks-Louise O’Neill

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I’ve heard some not so great stuff about this book from my friend which was a little disappointing as I was really looking forward to reading it, but I can’t deny the cover is striking, and there’s plenty of ocean creatures in there with the fish and starfish.

7. Blanca & Roja-Anna-Marie McLemore

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I’m not a fan of swans, but I can’t deny that this cover is striking! I love how the two swans are nestled together and that you could almost miss the second one if you weren’t looking closely.

8. Because You Love To Hate Me-Anthology with multiple authors

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Okay so I lied, I do have a couple of floral covers for this one. The colour is definitely what stands out for me on this one, bright pink is not a cover choice I tend to see often. I love how the flower looks kind of metallic, the combination of both delicate and sharp is really well done.

9. Uprooted-Naomi Novik

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I wish I’d enjoyed this book more because everyone else seems to love it, but unfortunately I wasn’t a massive fan. However it definitely fits the nature theme with the rose and the trees. It’s not my favourite of the covers on this list though.

10. The Hunger Games Trilogy-Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games books were an obvious choice for this theme, since birds play a pretty large part in the story and on the covers. They’ve had many different covers for this series, but my favourites are still the original covers that the copies I read had, I love the really minimal design, I think it really suits the books and the pop of colour from the mockingjay symbols on a black background works really well.

So there we go, those are my Nature book covers! What do you think? Which of these was your favourite cover? Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences, and I have to admit, I’m a little stumped by this topic, so I’m going to look into it but if I can’t come up with any then I’ll just dig in the archives for something else.

46 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #315

  1. Louise 11/05/2021 / 5:55 pm

    I haven’t seen that version of the Paper and Fire cover, but I really like it!

    • iloveheartlandx 18/05/2021 / 11:24 am

      It’s the UK cover. It’s so pretty right, my favourite of the covers for that series. I really need to actually finish that series someday, I stalled out at Book 3.

  2. Aviaja 11/05/2021 / 6:55 pm

    That cover of The Surface Breaks is absolutely stunning!

    • iloveheartlandx 18/05/2021 / 11:23 am

      Thanks! She does seem to get really gorgeous covers, though I’ve yet to read any of her books.

  3. Leah's Books 11/05/2021 / 8:37 pm

    These are all such strikingly pretty covers! Great list.

  4. FangirlFlax 11/05/2021 / 10:02 pm

    Great choices! I love the details packed into Rule of Wolves. Definitely expected the Wolves to be more prevalent but the ash tree is so pretty!

    • iloveheartlandx 18/05/2021 / 11:18 am

      Thanks! Yes, they got so many lovely little details packed into that cover. Me too, but yes, the tree is lovely, so not too sad about it.

      • FangirlFlax 18/05/2021 / 11:50 am

        Definitely! I love that it matches the King of Scars cover so perfectly too.

      • iloveheartlandx 25/05/2021 / 12:09 pm

        Yes, they look so lovely together πŸ™‚

  5. Poinsettia 11/05/2021 / 10:42 pm

    The cover for The Surface Breaks is beautiful! Thanks for visiting Long and Short Reviews. πŸ™‚

  6. theekellybee 12/05/2021 / 12:33 am

    the hunger games… my favorite series of all time. and the cover for uprooted has to be the favorite.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/05/2021 / 11:16 am

      I love The Hunger Games too, one of my favourite series as well πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 18/05/2021 / 11:16 am

      It’s the UK paperback cover. It is nice, but my favourite Uprooted cover is the original UK hardback cover, I think it’s just more detailed and visually interesting.

  7. Abigail 12/05/2021 / 2:24 am

    I own Paper and Fire, but sadly not in that cover. 😦 Also, I haven’t read An Enchantment of Ravens, although I’ve owned it since it came out. I definitely need to get to reading it this year.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/05/2021 / 11:12 am

      It’s the UK cover. I hope you enjoy An Enchantment of Ravens πŸ™‚

  8. Greg 12/05/2021 / 3:16 am

    I really love those classic Hunger Games covers.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/05/2021 / 11:11 am

      Me too! The cover changes for that series have been a really mixed bag, there’s some good ones, some truly terrible ones but I still think the original covers are the best.

  9. Kristina 12/05/2021 / 4:37 am

    Ooooh I love the look of paper & fire so much!! A first time seeing this cover too – there’s just something gorgeous about that crow with a universe background

    • iloveheartlandx 18/05/2021 / 11:11 am

      It’s the UK cover, I really love it, it’s probably my favourite of the series covers. Yes, the crow on that background really is very striking πŸ™‚

      • Kristina 18/05/2021 / 8:12 pm

        The sad part about the bookosphere being mostly US based – you don’t see the gorgeous UK covers like this one very often! πŸ˜…

      • iloveheartlandx 25/05/2021 / 12:08 pm

        Yeah the UK booksphere you tend to get both because we get a lot of US imports!

  10. chelsea @ your bookish friend 12/05/2021 / 11:43 pm

    great choices! i agree about rule of wolves though, looks amazing in real life but the image on a screen doesn’t do it justice.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/05/2021 / 11:08 am

      Thank you! Yeah the picture makes it look quite bland and it’s really not like that in real life at all. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived because I didn’t think it would be as pretty as it was.

  11. thebookishlibra 13/05/2021 / 2:56 am

    So many great choices here. I really love the one for The Surface Breaks.

  12. Lexlingua 13/05/2021 / 5:01 pm

    Ooh, you have Uprooted on your list too (though with a different cover). I love how you’ve taken a closer look at the nature motifs on book covers — for Rule of Wolves, I’d definitely not noticed the tree in the background!

    • iloveheartlandx 18/05/2021 / 11:07 am

      Mine is the UK cover! Ah thanks, I like looking at the little details on book covers, so much thought goes into them, it’s awesome πŸ™‚

  13. Annemieke 14/05/2021 / 5:41 am

    The Surface Breaks is one of the most beautiful covers I own!

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