Welcome  back to another round here on the last week of Bookending Autumn!

If you don’t know what Bookending Autumn is, its a month long event in October that was created by myself and Clo @ Cuppa Clo where we aspire to bring the bookish community closer together through the platform we love the most–blogging! Each day we have different prompts from different hosts that participants can replicate! I am wickedly excited to check out everyone’s posts and prompts as we get more into the month as our hosts this year are dishing out quality content! You can catch me smiling from ear to ear as I get to meet all of you on your blogs and on our Twitter (@bookend_events if you haven’t followed, you totally should!) page!

Today I am continuing my reign of this spooky kingdom and I cannot even describe to you how beyond excited I am to be hosting! So grab your popcorn (and knives) and lets get wicked!

Also don’t forget that we have a blog hopping masterlist! The list features all of our participants and those who are participating in Bookending Autumn can put their post links next to their name for easy blog hopping! Can’t wait to see all your amazing posts! And with that, let’s get into today’s prompt!



Top 10 book covers that had you so spellbound from its beauty that you bought/got them without reading what it was about.


Photo of the covers of the books that had me spellbound

Beast by Brie Spangler

I honestly still don’t even know what this one is about. I got it a few years (?) ago during a book outlet binge, because the cover was simply stunning and I vaguely remember believing that it was a diverse retelling of Beauty and the Beast which is my favorite Disney movie–am I right? The world may never know.

Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo

You ever get into a mood for a certain type of book and then order/borrow a bunch of them thinking you’ll demolish them as soon as you get your grubby little hands on them? Yeah, that is the case with this one. I got this book during one of my book outlet binges (I feel a reoccurring theme here…), and was in a deep heist-esque / spy novel mood. Literally saw the stunning contemporary look of the cover– saw the word “Ops” in the title, and boom. It was being shipped to me. Unfortunately, by the time it arrived at my house, my mood had shifted onto something else, and I just never waddled to read the synopsis to see what this book is actually about.

The Tyrants Daughter by J.C. Carleson

This is another Book Outlet find that I got along with the previously mentioned book. The cover model’s eyes are what instantly drew me in. I didn’t care what this was about, because all I could think about was having those eyes on my shelf. Do I even know what it is about now since getting it years ago? Nope, but it sits hella prettily on my bookshelf!

Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young

THIS COVER WAS STUNNING. The way the lighting lights the cover models face alongside her axe/weapon is enthralling, mysterous, and captivating (can you tell I’m a cover junkie?). I didn’t care at the time what it was about, I just had a desperate need. I did know when picking this one up that it was a highly anticipated novel and had gained a lot of traction in the YA community–did I know why? nope. Do I know now? even after reading the sequel in the series (The Girl The Sea Gave Back) I still don’t know what this one is about…though I think I have a vague understanding.

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Ah, this is the first and last time having Ads on Facebook became beneficial in marketing. I saw this cover whilst scrolling on facebook one day and saw the cover and immediately added it to my amazon cart. All I knew was stunning cover, stunning cover, and it was the author’s YA debut. Unlike the others in this prompt, I did take a stab at reading it once I got it…and then promptly DNF’d it because I wasn’t in the mood. So now I own a deeply stunning cover, just waiting for me to waddle back to being in the right mood for it. A time truly.

The Cruel Prince / The Wicked King by Holly Black

I broke my book buying ban back in July for this specific cover, because one) it matched the edition of Wicked King I had (yes I got the second book before the first) and two) the black and gold color combo along with the vine like branches stole my breath away. I honestly don’t even know what this series is about except for it’s fae and people are loosing their poop and mothers over it.

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Does anyone really know what this is about? I feel like with Laini Taylor books, no one is really able to fully grasp what her books are about, except they just know that it will be majestic and have an absolutely panty dropping cover. Needless to say, I was all for it.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi


Looking for Alaska by John Green

This cover spoke to High School Sam’s emo heart. The simplistic and minnimalist cover art of the candle smoke sung to me. At the time, I didn’t care if it this book was about a bunch of eskimos trying to figure out how to poop or if it was a murder mystery starring a my mom’s toothbrush–I had a desperate need to own it. So I did…and loved what was inside of it.

Golden by Jessi Kirby

I feel like every time I do a post like this about covers, this is my go-to answer, because it is simply riveting. I love shiny covers, and this takes shiny to a whole new level. I first saw it at a library and instantly made grabby hands–after reading it,  my need to own it became that much stronger. Since then I have eye fucked this cover every time I looked at my shelf.

…and this folks is why ya girl is own a book buying ban for the unforeseeable future–I have absolutely no control.


What books had you spellbound?



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  1. dbsguidetothegalaxy

    October 29, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Yes!! I love this prompt!! All these covers are great! I actually bought Strange the Dreamer recently and can confirm it has a great cover. Sky in the Deep is definitely one I still need to read that – and I only know the basics of it too 😄😄
    I mean, yes, looking at The Cruel Prince’s cover now… I DO GET IT. A bit worth breaking your ban for.
    Listen, if I read The Gilded Wolves and there aren’t wolves that are gilded, I’ll be blaming you because that is a concept I, for some reason, want to read about.

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  3. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    October 29, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Oooo yes, Beast, First Life, The Cruel Prince, Strange the Dreamer and The Gilded Wolves all have spellbinding characters. I have no clue about Beast being a retelling but I hope so? I’m going to waddle to Goodreads later but it sounds accurate according to the cover (other than the fact covers can be absolute liars sometimes).

    LOL “people are losing their poop and mothers over it.”

    grumbles You better be staying on that book buying ban.

  4. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    October 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Yes! I love the cover for Strange the Dreamer!

  5. Nicola Niemc

    October 30, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    The green and gold Gilded Wolves is so beautiful!!! I just hope the story is as wonderful 😁

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