10 of the Books I Read For These Reasons & Fun Cover Art


We all buy books for different reasons. Sometimes it’s because of hype (the pressure is real, am I right!); other times it may be because of genuine interest of the synopsis; or maybe it’s as basic as the sway of a solid cover design (#Guilty). Whatever the reason, we pick our bookshelf additions based on influences – because of a variety of reasons. It’s time to talk up some of the books I read for these reasons, like that pretty cover art (or recommendations or adaptations or any number of reasons!).

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Below you’ll find ten of the books that fit into the “reasons I bought…” kind of mold. Let’s do this.

Books I Read For These Reasons

1: In Paris With You by Clémentine Beauvais

Reason: Cute COVER ART!! (and genre, too!)

Pretty sure I saw this one at B&N, thought it looked cute, but as I knew nothing about it, I came home, read about it and promptly bought it. I mean, that cover is just TOO cute to ignore. Goodreads

2: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Reason: The Author is on all the Lists

I have no idea if I’ll like this one, but it sounds interesting and I’ve been seeing books by this author on all the lists recently. Makes me think I must give this new-to-me author a chance. Goodreads

3: Jo and Laurie by Melissa de la Cruz and Margaret Stohl

Reason: Curiosity (and pretty cover art, too!)

Not a fan one way or another of this would be ship, but I am 100 kinds of curious about this story. Naturally this means I did preorder this June release. Goodreads

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books I read for these reasons

4: Maybe it’s You by Christy Hayes

Reason: Book Blogger Friend Recommendation

Pretty sure Becky mentioned this one on a list or wrap up or review or something! Needless to say, it looks and sounds cute so a while back I picked it up. Have I read it yet? Nope. But here’s hoping! Goodreads

5: The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Reason: Friend Recommendation

She doesn’t know it, but a blogger friend of mine influenced this pre-order due in May. Plus, who doesn’t love a Jane Austen-esque story? Goodreads

6: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Reason: HYPE!

I see this author duo’s books everywhere, and everyone seems to really enjoy them. I finally picked one up, and sadly, didn’t love it as I anticipated. That said, I do plan to read another by them and see if it’s just this particular story. What would you recommend by them? Goodreads

7: The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

Reason: Multiple Recommendations

SO many people hyped this one up, and so naturally I had to get it. Finally read it. Goodreads

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8: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Reason: Author HYPE!

Haven’t read anything by this author but gosh, she’s super popular. Needless to say, I need to read this one – soon! Goodreads

9: Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

Reason: Friend Recommendation

One of the people who I most admire in this blogging community talked about this novel, back when it marked the debut of its author in 2012. I was curious about it prior to this but not enough to immediately pick up a copy. I’m sure glad she did hype it because now it’s one of my favorite books! Goodreads

10: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer

Reason: Multiple Reviews and the Film Adaptation

Saw this one so many places, but it wasn’t until the film adaptation finally had a release date that I listened to all the glowing reviews – and those beautiful movie promos. Goodreads

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What are some of the books titles that you were influenced to pick up – and why? Was is because of hype? Personal excitement? A much-anticipated sequel? Because of the cover art? Share all of your “I bought this because…” books! Comment all the thoughts down below.

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Linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl and Top Ten Tuesday April 7: Books I Bought/Borrowed Because… (Fill in the blank. You can do 10 books you bought for the same reason, i.e., pretty cover, recommended by a friend, blurbed by a favorite authors, etc. OR you could do a different reason for each pick.)

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  1. I’ll be totally honest- cover art is huge for me. I will totally buy a book for the cover (although if the premise/ blurb appeals to me as well that helps!). But yeah… :) Recommendation by friends/ bloggers helps too. Film adaptations as well!

    Hope you’re having a good week!

    1. SAME! I do this too often. Oftentimes I’ll be inspired to pick up a book if a film is releasing that interests me. I think the last one I did this for was Mortal Engines, and while I didn’t see the movie, the book wasn’t really my cup of tea, so… we’ll see if I rent the adaptation. Thanks so much for visiting, Greg.

  2. I love everything by Katherine Center so I hope you enjoy Things You Save in a Fire. She’s an auto-buy author for me. And I’m so sad you didn’t like The Unhoneymooners. Hopefully you’ll like some of their other ones, although it seems to be the favorite. :) Great list!

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    1. YAY! Glad to read this re: Katherine Center, Dedra. Thank you for sharing. I wanted to like “The Unhoneymooners” so much. It seems ideal, and yes, as you said, this one was a favorite. Hopefully next time I’ll find one to enjoy more! :)

    1. I don’t think I really had a leading about Jo & Laurie one way or another, but still, this one intrigues me. :) Hope we enjoy it!! Thanks for the visit, Holly.

  3. Guernsey, Blue Castle, and Dear Mr. Knightley are all on my favs list.The Jane Austen Society is on my tbr with an ARC from NG and Maybe It’s You is also on my tbr. The Unhoneymooner’s is one I’ll be trying. The rest are new to me. I LOVE Little Women, have read all the books in the series and own all the film adaptations, but I don’t know that I could read Jo & Laurie. I like those authors, but that match is destined for disappointment and they’re not quite right for each other even though they love each other. Fun list!

    1. Ooo! Fun. Hope you enjoy ‘Jane Austen’ and of course, I think we’ll both like “Maybe It’s You.” I’m hopeful “Jo & Laurie” won’t go this route, but… time will tell! I don’t know that I’ve read anything by Margaret, but didn’t love the one novel I read by Melissa, so I’ll be curious to see how it all turns out. :) Thanks so much for the visit, Tressa. :)

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