Judging a book by it’s cover tag

I have bought or checked out many a books based mainly on their covers. Sometimes it ends up being really good, other times it ends horribly.

Well, today I’m not doing that, but I am going to be judging books on their covers. I asked over on Twitter for strange/ unique/ abnormal covers I probably haven’t heard of and then I’ll be guessing what they’re about. Also I apologize if I hurt anyone’s feelings by my thoughts, there’s not much to go on in any of the covers.

This tag was created by the wonderful Beth over at BooksNest. I have gotten eight covers so I think I’m going to do this in two parts.


  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
  • Ask your friends or Twitter/Instagram followers to send you book cover suggestions and pick four to feature
  • Tag 5 others to take part

The Books:

EGm2TY3X4AA2YxaJitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins: 

This looks like a mix between a super old mythology nonfiction or a middle grade novel.  I’m going to base it off of the middle grade novel assumption.

I think it includes a Faun and a little girl comes across him in a forest dance. Maybe then they have to go on a quest for this perfume? I also think there’s a statue faun because it looks like there’s a crack on his side.

What it’s actually about:
Jitterbug Perfume is an epic, which is to say, it begins in the forests of ancient Bohemia and doesn’t conclude until nine o’clock tonight [Paris time]. It is a saga, as well. A saga must have a hero, and the hero of this one is a janitor with a missing bottle. The bottle is blue, very, very old, and embossed with the image of a goat-horned god. If the liquid in the bottle is actually is the secret essence of the universe, as some folks seem to think, it had better be discovered soon because it is leaking and there is only a drop or two left.

Still not completely sure about how this would all go down. What would the secret essence do?
EGm6hZ2WoAEa52-Ink by Alice Broadway:

This gives me massive YA vibes. Like the type of cover Speak has which makes me think it’s about a mental illness and the girl’s struggle through that. There’s probably imagery about birds throughout the book as well.

What it’s actually about:

Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.

I was completely off but this actually sounds really interesting. From who’s read it on my Goodreads it’s hit or miss. 

EGm37dyXkAIVGmLA Bad Breed by Kat Ross:

This seems like something I would cover buy. It has the perfect gothic-victorian cover. It seems like it’d be a murder mystery. Maybe her fiancé got murdered for something someone else did.

Or! Even better she got murdered because of her parents. This is coming from the smoke where her legs should be and that she’s floating on the smoke. Maybe it’s told from her perspective as a ghost.

What actually happens:


A creature out of folklore. And nightmare.

January 1889. When a Romanian village suffers a series of brutal attacks, occult investigator Anne Lawrence is dispatched to the forests of the Old Country to hunt the killer – only to vanish without a trace.

The trail leads her mentor Vivienne Cumberland deep into the Carpathians to a remote monastery. As a blizzard rages outside, trapping them all with the pricolici, Vivienne risks sharing the fate of the woman she came to find. But is the culprit truly a werewolf … or something even more dangerous?

A man bent on revenge. And a love that was never meant to be.

Imprisoned in a decaying castle, Anne finds herself ensnared in a web of dark enchantment, at the mercy of a mysterious captor with a beast inside – and a memory as old as the ancient legends.

As the weeks pass, Anne learns his real identity, and slowly uncovers a complex and deeply passionate man. But is she willing to pay the price for falling under his spell?

Author’s Note: This darkly magical reimagining of Beauty and the Beast is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series, but can be read as a standalone with no need to start with Book #1, The Daemoniac.

Okay, so I got the paranormal… but that’s it.

EGm49VAX4AYxaohTattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen:

This cover reminds me of Flowers for Algernon. That mixed with the “Can evil be cured” tagline makes me think it’s about a science experiment where they take criminals that are in for life and inject them with a serum dedicated to making them better humans and cure their evil.

What actually happens:

A year ago, Rem Braithwaite watched his classmate Franklin Kettle commit a horrific crime.

Now, apart from the nightmares, life has gone back to normal for Rem. Franklin was caught, convicted, and put away in juvenile detention for what he did. The ordeal seems to be over.

Until Rem’s mother selects Franklin as a test subject for an experimental brain procedure intended to “cure” him of his cruel and violent impulses. Suddenly Rem’s memories of that day start coming back to the surface. His nightmares become worse than ever. Plus he has serious doubts about whether his mother’s procedure will even work. Can evil really just be turned off?

Then, as part of Franklin’s follow-up testing, he and Rem are brought face to face, and Rem discovers…Franklin does seem different. Despite everything, Rem finds himself becoming friends with Franklin. Maybe even something more than friends.

But when another of their classmates turns up dead, Rem’s world turns upside-down yet again. Franklin insists that he’s innocent, that he’s cured, but Rem doesn’t know what to believe. Is someone else responsible for this new murder, or is Franklin fated to stay a monster forever? And can Rem find out the answer to this question before the killer, whoever it is, comes after him too?

I was right about the first half! Also I was going to be disappointed if I was wrong on this one because my idea sounds bomb. Another added to my TBR.


Bookish Luna
Amy (she picked Tattoo Atlas)

12 thoughts on “Judging a book by it’s cover tag

  1. Love reading your guesses here! I suggested Alice Broadway, and you were pretty on point with the bird imagery! A specific bird is a major plot point! I picked the book up purely for it’s cover so I had a feeling it was good for this tag.


  2. Thank you for tagging me! I love this idea so much!! I have Ink on my TBR. I am in love with the cover. I feel like I heard of Tattoo Atlas but I don’t think it’s on my TBR but it’s now going on my TBR.


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