A lighter post today–more pictures than writing. Last year, I had done a post on some book covers in black that are favourites (here), both ones I had read and ones I was (and in some cases am) yet to read, but essentially those that stood out to me or that I liked simply for the way they looked. Today’s post is pretty much the same, but the colour of choice today is blue–randomly picked, though I happen to be wearing a blue shirt at the moment 🙂 These aren’t perhaps all as striking as some of the ones the picked in black, but nonetheless pretty in themselves.

To start off with, Strange the Dreamer which I read recently and really enjoyed: I love this deep blue cover with the illustration (of one of Sarai’s moths? or is it one of the creatures described in the second book?). This isn’t the cover that I have on my edition, though. Syren by Angie Sage (book 5 in the Septimus Heap series) also has a very pretty cover–in the image here though, the bits in gold, the title and lines, and the designs at the bottom are not standing out so well, but in the physical copy they do.

Next is this cover of The Little Prince, again, not the edition that I have but I think it’s a rather cute one–the prince standing at the edge of his planet, perhaps, or may the the story of the one that was so small that you could see the sun rise and set many many times in a short while. Not only is this a wonderful book, I also like the original art very much.

And still on cute covers, is this one–Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. This is a first in series of a fantasy, children’s adventure series, in which Morrigan Crow, a little girl is cursed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But one day, a remarkable man called Jupiter North appears and gives her an opportunity to enter trials to join the wondrous society. The challenges are not easy nor are all the competitors fair. There Morrigan herself on the cover, and Jupiter North (leprechaun-like in green) in the background, and of course, a starry sky!

Two of the books in the Folk of the Air series by Holly Black too have shades of blue in their covers–The Wicked King, and the Queen of Nothing–and I picked these also to feature in this post. Queen of Nothing looks more white than blue in this image, but the physical copy I have is more pale-ish blue.

Next I picked The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, a fun collection (I especially enjoyed the annotations by Dumbledore), and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky–this Bantam edition has this subdued, yet lovely painting on the cover. This is the one I have, for a change.

Half the Night is Gone by Amitaba Bagchi is the story of a Hindi novelist who has recently suffered the loss of his son, and follows both his story, and the story that he is creating in the book that he’s writing. This is one I’ve been wanting to read, and it also happens to have a nice blue cover.

Finally, and perhaps more purple than blue, is this one–The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie. In this one, a dying woman makes her confession to Father Gorman, who is troubled by it, and while he scribbles a list of names that she’s given him, he never makes it back home, having been killed in the fog. Author Mark Easterbrook becomes involved through some coincidences and investigates the matter. Christie regular Ariadne Oliver plays a part, though this one isn’t part of any particular series. I love the image of the starry sky with a full moon in the background with the Pale Horse sign in front.

Have you read any of these books? Which ones and how did you like them? Which are some of your favourite book covers in blue? Looking forward to your thoughts!

All cover images are as always from Goodreads.


4 thoughts on “Pretty in Blue: Some Favourite Book Covers

  1. I’ve read the Rowling book and like you enjoyed the ‘annotations’. I picked up a Holly Black but wasn’t in the mood for it at the time, maybe another day. I haven’t fallen under the spell of the Little Prince so far but as I’ve just ‘got’ what the Moomins are about there’s hope for me yet!

    The Christie was broadcast as a BBC TV thriller recently but, again, I’ve not tried it, but I’ve got the first Poirot mystery and one of her novels set in the Middle East, so she’s not unrepresented!


    1. The recent adaptation of the Pale Horse (haven’t seen it yet)–but I’ve heard they changed things.

      Little Prince I too read only as an adult but it it wonderful-I’m sure you will enjoy it too.

      I read two of Holly Black’s books last year and found them really entertaining, and rather gripping, have the third in that series waiting now. I didn’t know what to expect from her before that.

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