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The popular maxim suggests you should never judge a book by its cover. However, covers are often why we pick up a book in the first place. Before we flip a paperback over to see what the book is about, or open up a hardcover book to read the author’s bio, we are first captivated by their covers. So here’s a list of books you should judge by their covers, and to make this more fun, we won’t tell you what each book is about. It’s up to you to let each image captivate you and lead you to new worlds, dystopian alleys, compelling science, and maybe even a few glamorous parties.


The Flame Alphabet
Ben Marcus

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By Off the Shelf Staff | December 23, 2014

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Area X
Jeff VanderMeer

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A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess

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Bloodland
Alan Glynn

A helicopter crash off the coast of Ireland that kills a leading starlet and others sends unexpected ripples through the international community in this intricate new thriller. Jimmy Gilroy, hired to write the biography of the dead actress comes across a twisted plot of intrigue, murder, and treachery that goes from the halls of power to the mean streets of Ireland, the U.S. and Congo. As he searches for the truth he realizes that anyone who has found the truth winds up dead. Riveting.

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10 Reasons to Judge a Book by Its Cover

By Off the Shelf Staff | December 23, 2014

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By Allison Tyler | March 7, 2014

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The Opposite House
Helen Oyeyemi

Lyrical, intensely moving and steeped in magical realism, this spellbinding novel explores the thin wall between myth and reality through the alternating tales of two young women. Maja is a London-born Afro-Cuban singer who struggles to negotiate her heritage and her physical home, and Yemaya is living in the claustrophobic space between two worlds, London and Lagos.

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By Tolani Osan | September 24, 2015

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Crazy Rich Asians
Kevin Kwan

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By Tolani Osan | May 23, 2017

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Over-the-Top Wealth + Catty Family Battles = Perfect Escapism

By Suzanne Donahue | December 22, 2014

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How Best To Avoid Dying
Owen Egerton

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By Off the Shelf Staff | December 23, 2014

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15 Dystopian Novels for People Who Don’t Read Dystopian Novels

By Taylor Noel | April 13, 2017

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East of Denver
Gregory Hill

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The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern

“The man billed as Prospero the Enchanter receives a fair amount of correspondence via the theater office, but this is the first envelope addressed to him that contains a suicide note, and it is also the first to arrive carefully pinned to the coat of a five-year-old girl.”

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By Sarah Jane Abbott | July 26, 2016

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A Luxuriously Romantic, Tragically Dark Fairy Tale

By Sarah Jane Abbott | February 2, 2015

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By Off the Shelf Staff | December 23, 2014

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