Top Ten Tuesday: Books With My Favourite Colour On the Cover

Oooh this is a fickle one! I’ve taken a break from the joys of coursework to write another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I say coursework- I attended a really fun ball last night and I’m attending a boat ball (because my uni is on the coast) with a friend from home tomorrow night 😍 is balling season again at my uni!

Anyway, back to the actual topic, and it’s all about judging books by their covers. Or at least ranking books by their cover. My favourite colour is purple so this list shouldn’t be too hard since it’s pretty common in the book world!

1. Mirror Dreams by Catherine Webb

So you know when bookworms are asked what their favourite book is? And they often have to think about it or say it changes a lot? This doesn’t happen to me. I have an undoubted favourite book (or at least I did, I haven’t actually read it for a few years now since the pages started falling out from serious over reading, but I remember loving it and reading it often).

It’s a story about a mage living in the realm we go to when we dream, a world made up of kingdoms based on dreams. So there’s one kingdom for the dream of flying, one for the dream of going to an exam with no clothes, you get the idea. The kingdoms are ruled either by city of dreams – Haven, or the city of nightmares- Nightkeep. The main character, Kite, is in charge of a small kingdom enjoying his retirement from some saving of the world he did in youth when he’s urgently summoned to the city of Haven to foil a Nightkeep take over plan.

Long story short, I love this little niche read that no-ones ever heard of. It’s got a purple cover with some golden dreamy bubbles on. I implore you, dear reader, to please source a copy and give it a go. I loved it and need someone to fangirl with!

2. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

I read this book when I was helping at a residential cricket thing for my Duke of Edinburgh’s award and I remember how powerful it was. Little did I know that I would be diving into his more famous novel, The Kite Runner, four years later on the recommendation of my boyfriend.

And the Mountains Echoed is more of a collection of short stories than a proper tale. It does stem from a boy who trades his shoes for a feather for his sister and how the brutality of war separates them. But it’s about so much more than that. It describes how different characters lives are affected, the reader is introduced to the most horrific but some of the most uplifting tales ever. I remember each little story having such a big impact on me that I could probably re-tell most of them today, five years after actually reading this book.

3. Percy Jackson and the Titans Curse by Rick Riordan

Although not the copy I read, there is a purple copy of this book out there. And hey, funny story, this was the first Percy Jackson I ever picked up. I know what you’re thinking: why on earth didn’t I start with the first one in the series?! Percy Jackson was one of the first book series I picked up when I was just starting to read I didn’t understand that the plots between books were continuous. I had a recommendation from Chloe to read it and I thought I could read them in any old order and it wouldn’t matter. Plus this was the one in my local library at the time. Suffice to say, I was VERY confused upon first reading this novel.

4. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

The version of this I read had a girl with a bird on the cover wearing very purple sleeves with purply hues around her (ok, mostly blue around her but kind of a purple blue…) but there is a legit very purple edition so I’m definitely counting it! This book was the first Jodi Picoult I picked up on recommendation of my friend (and the fact that there was a copy in the boarding house at my school hehe).

It’s a book about a family who deal with the youngest girl having brittle bone disorder. The family are strapped for cash when the mother realises she can sue her best friend and doctor for not saying her daughter would be born with brittle bone, claiming that, had she known, she’d have aborted the baby. Pretty grim stuff. Anyway I wouldn’t say this was an amazing book- it’s well written but is a bit heavy, as with all of Jodi Picoult’s stuff and probably not really my sort of thing anyway. But if you’re a Picoult fan and love that real life nitty gritty stuff then by all means go for it!

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Oh yes. The half chewed, dog eared copy of this that has been well thumbed by my family members (it’s also a first edition I think so be jealous) definitely has a big purple banner across the top proclaiming Harry’s name. I’m sure we all know the plot, and can agree that this is one of the best of the Potters (were there really any bad ones though?). Like all the Harry Potter’s it was a hand me down from my brother and one I raced through in about a week when I was younger. And a week was quick for me at this point because I was not born a fast reader!

So there you have it! Some fantastic books I’ve loved all with some shade of purple on the front! What’s your favourite colour? Have you got a similar post to this on your blog, for this TTT? Read any of the books I’ve described above? As always, would be great to hear from you guys!

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books With My Favourite Colour On the Cover

  1. Oooh, Mirror Dreams sounds really unique and Handle with Care sounds sad/intense!
    I would have to say that one of my favorite purple colored cover books is Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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      1. Yeah, it plays off a lot of tropes but it was a pretty decent read! I read it a few years ago but I remember binge-reading the entire series and enjoying it! 🙂

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