So, it’s Tuesday again which means that it’s time for Top 5 Tuesday. This is a feature hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm.
This week, the topic is Top 5 Favourite Book Covers. I thought this was going to be hard for me because I tend to remember the stories more than the covers, however, my Top 5 came to me pretty quickly!
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is one of my all-time favourite books and one of the most famous books in US literature. This book has various covers, but this one has always stood out to me. The interesting thing about this cover is that it was actually created before the transcript for the book was finished. F. Scott Fitzgerald said he had written the cover into the book.
No one is certain what he meant by this, but the general belief is that the cover mirrors the recurring billboard of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg. This billboard overseas one of the most important parts of the books and is the subject of endless essays and speculations but I won’t bore you.
For me, I think the cover represents the hardships of attempting to achieve the ‘American dream’. The story is set in the roaring 20s but it’s not all glitz and glamour. So many people wanted success, prosperity and an upward social class. However, that sometimes comes hand in hand with tragedy.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
When I bought this book I was looking forward to getting stuck into a book about World War II and the Holocaust, because as a history buff, it’s one of my favourite topics. I was expecting a heavy, depressing and distressing story. But it was completely the opposite. It’s beautiful.
If you haven’t read this book, I’d strongly recommend it.
The unique thing about this book is that it is narrated by Death. That might sound horrifying and morbid, but it’s not. It’s strangely beautiful and quite reassuring. Death has as much unanswered questions about the human race as humans themselves do. Unsurprisingly, during the period of War, Death is always busy. But he always carries the souls he collects with great care, especially the souls of children and I think this is represented beautifully in this cover.
The Big Short – Michael Lewis
I work in the finance industry so I really enjoyed this book. However, I can totally see why it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Parts of it are very technical, so if you don’t know the industry or have an understanding of the financial crisis, it may be very dry.
‘The Big Short’ tells the story of four people who work in the finance industry who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse before anyone else did. By the time the news of the crash was in all the newspapers and news channels in 2008, it was already old news in the finance world.
During that period, there were some people who made an absolute killing from the crash, whereas some people lost their homes, their jobs, their entire savings.
I think this book cover sums up a big element of the financial world. Your money is never entirely safe. You could lose everything at any point. And there will always be people who will benefit from others misfortune.
The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson
I’m not sure if this is a well known book because I don’t know anyone else who has read it. If you have read it please let me know what you thought of it!
I absolutely loved this book. It’s not my usual crime/murder/horror book, but I loved it nevertheless. The story and the book cover are beautiful. I found some parts of this book hard to read because it made me realise how hard it is for some people to go about their day to day life, because they feel that others won’t accept them.
‘The Art of Being Normal’ follows two transgender characters. It’s about them finding their ‘normal’ even if it does go against society’s definition of ‘normal’. It’s a story of friendship, acceptance and confidence. It also deals with issues that are so commonplace in the world we live in that many people turn a blind eye to them, such as bullying, poverty, homophobia.
It really is an uplifting book and I feel that the cover represents the nature of the story really well.
Rivers of London – Ben Aaronovitch
I know as book bloggers we shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but we’re all guilty of it sometimes. This was the case with this book.
I was so interested in the art work of the cover. I love the map of London with the small illustrations covering it, which represent the magical, unknown world of London.
Unfortunately, I felt that the book cover was more enjoyable than the book itself. I’ve only read the first instalment in the series and I’ll be honest, I have no intention to read the rest. But, this post is all about book covers and I feel that this art work deserves a place in my top 5!