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Top Six / Adult Books I Want To Read Because Of Their Covers / Top Ten Tuesday

I’m pretty much exclusively a Young Adult / Middle Grade reader, but every so often an adult fiction (or sci-fi, or fantasy, you get the idea) book comes along with a cover so intriguing that I almost consider picking it up and reading it anyway. Here’s some of the ones that have been grabbing my attention lately!

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

Nina Dean has arrived at her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. When she meets Max, a beguiling romantic hero who tells her on date one that he’s going to marry her, it feels like all is going to plan.

A new relationship couldn’t have come at a better time – her thirties have not been the liberating, uncomplicated experience she was sold. Everywhere she turns, she is reminded of time passing and opportunities dwindling. Friendships are fading, ex-boyfriends are moving on and, worse, everyone’s moving to the suburbs. There’s no solace to be found in her family, with a mum who’s caught in a baffling mid-life makeover and a beloved dad who is vanishing in slow-motion into dementia.

Dolly Alderton’s debut novel is funny and tender, filled with whip-smart observations about relationships, family, memory, and how we live now.

Vee: The green and pink colours combined with the gorgeous fonts meant that I’ve almost picked this up on a few occasions BUT – the plot just isn’t what I would read at all.

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Drawing on Maggie O’Farrell’s long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare’s most enigmatic play, HAMNET is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child.

Warwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She settles with her husband in Henley street, Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596, aged eleven. Four years or so later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet.

Award-winning author Maggie O’Farrell’s new novel breathes full-blooded life into the story of a loss usually consigned to literary footnotes, and provides an unforgettable vindication of Agnes, a woman intriguingly absent from history.

Vee: You’d have to be living under a rock to not see this book online or in shops, the giant H has been following me around Waterstones for a solid year. It’s super pretty but dare I say it, the story itself sounds… boring?

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

What would you change if you could go back in time?

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold…

Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s beautiful, moving story explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?

Vee: it’s the simplicity of this cover that catches my eye, and the mystery of the title. To be honest, I am very interested in this book and plan to pick it up! I just hope it doesn’t make my cry too much.

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

Natsuki isn’t like the other girls. She has a wand and a transformation mirror. She might be a witch, or an alien from another planet. Together with her cousin Yuu, Natsuki spends her summers in the wild mountains of Nagano, dreaming of other worlds. When a terrible sequence of events threatens to part the two children forever, they make a promise: survive, no matter what.

Now Natsuki is grown. She lives a quiet life with her asexual husband, surviving as best she can by pretending to be normal. But the demands of Natsuki’s family are increasing, her friends wonder why she’s still not pregnant, and dark shadows from Natsuki’s childhood are pursuing her. Fleeing the suburbs for the mountains of her childhood, Natsuki prepares herself with a reunion with Yuu. Will he still remember their promise? And will he help her keep it?

Vee: There’s a cute sad squishy hedgehog on the cover and I love it. However I am hating the asexual representation already because it’s coming across very much as ‘my asexual husband is a burden’ and erm, ew? If I’m right and she cheats on him, excusing it because he’s asexual I’m gonna scream. Not that I’m gonna read it but if you have let me know about the asexual rep in the comments!

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

An original, imaginative, and hilarious debut novel about love, anxiety, and sea creatures, from the author of So Sad Today.

Lucy has been writing her dissertation about Sappho for thirteen years when she and Jamie break up. After she hits rock bottom in Phoenix, her Los Angeles-based sister insists Lucy housesit for the summer – her only tasks caring for a beloved diabetic dog and trying to learn to care for herself. Annika’s home is a gorgeous glass cube atop Venice Beach, but Lucy can find no peace from her misery and anxiety – not in her love addiction group therapy meetings, not in frequent Tinder meetups, not in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection, not in ruminating on the ancient Greeks. Yet everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer one night while sitting alone on the beach rocks.

Whip-smart, neurotically funny, sexy, and above all, fearless, The Pisces is built on a premise both sirenic and incredibly real – what happens when you think love will save you but are afraid it might also kill you.

Vee: this has a Goodreads Community rating of 3.25, so presumably everyone else was burned by the rather fantastic shadow fish cuddling moment on the cover.

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city.

Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

Vee: this is giving me IT Chapter 2 vibes, but I’m not sure if to try it because it’s such a marmite book for my Goodreads friends, they either love it or hate it.

Are there any books outside of your favourite genre you’ve been tempted on reading because of the cover? Let me know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Top Six / Adult Books I Want To Read Because Of Their Covers / Top Ten Tuesday

  1. I love that cover for Earthlings, but the blurb has me questioning the ace rep like you – probably better I stay away until that’s clarified 🙂 The City We Became is on my TBR, I did hear a lot of people who loved it.


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