They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I have a bad habit of doing so! If a cover looks outdated or just doesn’t appeal to me, I probably won’t read the book. I also tend to pick up a lot of books that have very similar covers. For example, if I stumble across a book cover featuring a head silhouette, I’ll probably read it. I’m not even really sure what attracts me to them, but I know I’ve had good luck with them! Maybe you’ll find some good reads with this type of book cover too!
Here are some of my favorites from the past couple of years:
Little Bee by Chris Cleave is a haunting read about two very different women, one a Nigerian refugee and the other, a British magazine editor. Horror forces their worlds to collide, and the story proceeds from there. I won’t say more as the back cover of the book begs readers not to share too much about the novel. There was a lot of hype surrounding this book a couple of years ago, and for the most part the novel lives up to that hype.
Tara Conklin’s debut historical novel, The House Girl, tells the story of two women in alternating chapters. The first narrative is that of Josephine, a 17 year old house slave living in the antebellum South, and the other is a present day lawyer named Lina. The two stories merge as Lina conducts research for a class action lawsuit and discovers that Josephine may have been the real artist behind a number of iconic paintings.
One dark night in 1968, Martha answers a knock at her farmhouse door and discovers two escapees, Lynnie and Homan, from the nearby School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. They have a baby with them, and when they are recaptured Lynnie asks Martha to hide her baby. The Story of Beautiful Girl is a dark but hopeful read that gives insight into what it was like to be institutionalized for having a developmental disability during the 1960s.