Top Ten (HA!) Book Covers I Want to Frame and Put on My Walls

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Cover Snark might give you different ideas, but I actually LOVE book covers, and I would love to paper my walls in them. Unfortunately I am not crafty and also lazy. I’ve selected a handful of covers I love and that I would totally put up on my wall if I could. I’ve divided them into categories based on the appeal they have for me, though some fit in multiple categories. Whatever. I also limited myself to a single book per series, even if I love them all.ย  Click the book covers to be linked to GR.


These covers call to my mind ART, classy and fancy, of the style to be hung in museums, done by some grand master. Do not tell me I’m wrong, because I don’t care. They make me feel fancy like Iggy Azalea. They also all have women on them, which isn’t my usual style, but they remind me of classic art, and yes to them.

Cascade poster - Maryanne O'Hara Indigo Springs - A. M. Dellamonica Women Who Read Are Dangerous

fairytale banner

I have an enduring love for the art and style of fairy tales, and I find myself attracted to a lot of the covers for these sorts of stories.

Among the Thorns Cress - Marissa Meyer Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls - Elliott James


When I was a child, I was obsessed with horse stories, and my love for horses hasn’t diminished that much based on the covers I love. They are everywhere on my favorite covers.

Mort - Terry Pratchett The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater The Titan's Curse


My favorite color is blue. Deal with it. I also have a major weakness for stars and water.

The Crane Wife The Moon Is Down Unwrapped Sky - Rjurik Davidson


Guys, I don’t know what it is about black, white and red on book covers, considering that none of them are my favorite colors, but the stark contrasts are so visually compelling to me on a book.

Brazen - Kelley Armstrong Sisters Red poster- Jackson Pearce The Dust of 100 Dogs - A.S. King Through the Woods

Such Illustrations Doge

Illustrated covers are boss.

Company Town Das Madchen das Geschichten fangt Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling Kinslayer - Jay Kristoff Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo The Cabinet of Curiosities The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

This concludes the cover porn. Now begins the sadness that I do not have these things on my walls.

44 responses to “Top Ten (HA!) Book Covers I Want to Frame and Put on My Walls”

  1. i am a fan of the horsin’ around section of this post
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  2. I had a difficult time choosing which Rainbow Rowell book to pick! I imagine most people will have one of hers on their lists. I like that cover for The Scorpio Races, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Gillian says:


    Cascade, Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls, The Crane Wife, The Moon Is Down, Unwrapped Sky, Brazen, The Dust of 100 Dogs, Through the Woods, Company Town, that VSchwab cover, FANGIRL, CRESS, and PoK, and Kinslayer and Siege and Storm and the Cabinet of Curiosities… EYEGASMS. PURE EYEGASMS.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I suffer from severe self-doubt. BUt whatever no one can beat my doge meme heading. lols.

      Also, this day is looking at other lists and going NOOOOOO. That’s TTT in short. ALL THE FORGOTTEN PRETTIES. I AM SORRY, PRETTIES!

  4. Good GOSH, some of these covers! Of course I totally love the gory, morbid cover of BRAZEN, and CASCADE is super artsy and pretty (also, I just looked it up/added it on Goodreads, so thanks!). So many lovely covers here!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Cascade is good too. It’s one of the ones I’ve actually read. The author was super sweet as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Shelly says:

    I love how you’ve done your list, and the different sections. You’ve got such a great eye and collection for covers. I like a lot of your choices. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. Oh my god! You chose so many PERFECT covers. I’m dying just looking at your list, to be honest. GAH!

    I put Cinder on my list, but I think I agree with you that the Cress cover has been the prettiest Lunar Chronicles cover thus far. All those covers are so.. entrancing, almost? The colors they used are just perfect. I love how well they all match.

    I’ve never seen The Crane Wife before, but I’m stunned by the picture of it. That cover is absolutely amazing. Everything I love in a picture. So pretty.

    I’ve always liked something about the Jackson Pearce Fairy Tale Series (I can’t remember if it has a name) covers. There’s just something about them that really pulls me in. I love the graphics.

    And, oh my god. That entire last section.. I don’t even know if I can talk about any books in particular because they’re all so pretty!! Company Town and The Cabinet of Curiosities are particularly gorgeous. Wow wow wow. Too amazing. And, I had Fangirl on my list as well. All of Rainbow Rowell’s books are just so freaking adorable.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Ah, thank you!

      Cinder is my least favorite of the Lunar covers so far, but they’re all so awesome, and the style is unique and wonderful.

      The Crane Wife was sadly only okay, imo, but the cover is amazing. The UK one is not, but I’ve spent like five minutes staring at the cover when I was listening to the audiobook.

      I love the hidden faces on the original Jackson Pearce covers. Sweetly’s is awesome too. The redesign hurts my heart, because those were BRILLIANT.

      Rainbow’s covers are the cutest. Fangirl fits me best, I think, and I looove the colors.

  7. I absolutely love these covers. I haven’t read a lot of the books on this list, but based on their covers alone I’d definitely want to pick them up!
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  8. Shannon N. says:

    Sisters Red! I should have included that one because I love it.

  9. I wasn’t really planning on leaving a comment, because non of the covers really speak to me, but then I saw the dog saying “Such Illustrations – Much WOW” and I just had to laugh! My little brother does that “Such … much wow” thing all the time and I just pictured him saying it at the moment, so yeah, thought I’d share… hahaha.

    Have you gotten the chance to read all of those books? Which one did you like most?
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Ha, I’m glad that I wore you down with my doge meme. I’m a silly person and this is how I roll. :-p

      Let’s see. I’ve read: Cascade, Indigo Springs, Cress, Mort, The Crane Wife, Sisters Red, The Dust of 100 Dogs, The Archived, Fangirl, HP, Kinslayer, Siege & Storm, and The Hobbit. I loved most of them. The top are Kinslayer, Fangirl, HP, S&S, and Cress.

  10. Katrina says:

    Wow so this is the biggest ten that I have ever seen ๐Ÿ˜‰ but seriously these are gorgeous! I love all of your picks!

    Check out my Top Ten Tuesday!

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  11. I love love love this list! They are all so stunning! I want them all!
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  12. I forgot about Fangirl! How could I have forgotten about Fangirl?! I’m a horrible person ๐Ÿ™

    I really love that Harry Potter cover, too. I think I’d have to have the new ones and the old ones framed on my wall. You know, nostalgia and all
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Pretty much every list is NO HOW COULD I FORGET YOU, MY PRETTY? I feel your pain.

      A full HP set is pretty necessary. And 2 or 3 wouldn’t be absurd.

  13. I’ve always been a fairy tale lover, so I tend to go for those type of covers too. Among the thorns is an interesting, yet creepy cover. I kinda like it. I think Cress is my favorite from the Lunar Chronicles covers (and I can’t wait for Winter) I love the old edition from Sisters Red and the new Harry Potter covers are stunning. They make me want to buy the box, but I already own two sets.. Hmm. The Grisha covers are pretty too. The font is great and I love the details ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Among the Thorns is totally creepy, but I like the combination of Rapunzel with the hair and her being the Sleeping Beauty castle protection. I just think that’s so cool, and I love the art style.

      Ha, I have two HP sets too. :-p Nothing wrong with that. >.>

  14. Cayce says:

    Oh, I love your blue selection. The Crane Wife and The Moon is Down especially.
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  15. Meg says:


  16. Jaz says:

    Cascade omg what, now THAT is what I call cover design. Stunning.

    Basically all your covers chosen in Blue Me Away – my favourite colour is blue too and I too love the sea and stars. We have that in common you and I (; Unwrapped Sky wahhhh woah just what it’s so pretty I want to reach out and stroke it.

    I love all the covers in the Grisha trilogy – they’re so unique you just take a swift glance and you know it.

    The Cabinet of Curiousities sort of reminds me of Howl’s Moving Castle – very magical.

    You’ve picked some gorgeous covers to frame. I say, choose your top top top ones (Blue Me Away hint hint) and get them printed out on like glossy large sheets of paper and it costs like less than $10! Then go buy some cheap photo frames from IKEA and TADA!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I know. I totally joined the tour because LOOK AT THAT COVER. Ugh, it’s perfection.

      Ha, you have excellent taste, my friend.

      Oooh, I imagine the stories are of a sort that Miyazaki could film into something amazing. Though Miyazaki can probably do that with most stories tbh.

      That’s a great idea, though I’m probably too lazy, considering I have precisely zero things hung on my walls.

  17. Heather says:


    Helpful comment is helpful.

    Pretty covers! I think I like the ones that look more classical the best, as that is my favorite kind of Art History nerd stuff, but they’re all gorgeous. Among the Thorns is very visually interesting, and it definitely makes me want to learn more about the story.

    • Christina Franke says:


      Ha, I am not surprised you like the most pretentious ones. :-p

  18. Kristin says:

    I love all the categories! My favourites are the covers in the black, white and red category!
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  19. Bonnie says:

    I could absolutely see Cascade and Indigo Springs on my walls. That edition of The Scorpio Races is gorgeous, I’ve never seen that one before! I adore that Steinbeck cover, oh my gosh. Through the Woods is completely frame-able too. FABULOUS picks!!
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  20. Angie says:

    I NEED that Cascade cover on my wall. That is so ridiculously stunning.

    Among the Thorns is fabulous too. All that detail.

    I’m totally kicking myself for forgetting Cress and THe Scorpio Races on my list. The Scorpio Races is probably my favorite Stiefvater cover after Blue Lily, Lily Blue. HOW COULD I FORGET?

    Love the rest of your choices too. Stormdancer/Kinslayer should have gone on my list because they are flawless but I was trying to keep it under control.
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  21. fakesteph says:

    SO MANY great covers! LOVE The Scorpio Races, Sisters Red, and Shadow and Bone. SO FANTASTIC. Wow… I think that comment was more excited than doge.
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  22. Brandy says:

    Wow. I love that cover for Unwrapped Sky. I never heard of that book and now I’m off to check it out on Goodreads.
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  23. Danielle says:

    The Dust of 100 Dogs might be my favorite cover I’ve seen today. That red/black/white combo kills me too. (I also have Sisters Red on my list.)

    I want Women Who Read are Dangerous in my library for the title alone. Phenomenal.

  24. I love that edition of The Moon Is Down, I think I need to buy it — I’m kind of a Steinbeck nerd for always.

    ALSO! THE SCORPIO RACES, I love that book and that cover.
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  25. […] A Reader of Fictions Christina chose a great collection of covers that, while broken into categories in her own post, really speak together with a few unifying themes. ย Clearly she (and I) are in love with the simple illustration- no elaborate convoluted picture to distract from the idea or title of the book. ย I also love that they use really strong statement colours that are in bold shades, with few “baby” colours to be seen the covers are able to be illustrative without being childish. […]

  26. I definitely agree with Cress, Siege & Storm, and The Crane Wife! All of these covers are absolutely beautiful, but I feel like those through stand out to me the most because they all have different things going for them that would probably make me buy them if I ever saw them in a store ๐Ÿ™‚
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  27. I hadn’t seen that Crane Wife cover. It’s gorgeous! And The Dust of 100 Dogs is one of my all time faves. Good call!
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  28. Cascade’s cover is awesome, I had to a double take. I love all the fairytale ones!
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