judging books by the cover

Judging Books By Their Covers: January 2020 Releases Edition

The old saying goes “Don’t judge a book by the cover” but that’s what we are here to do.

Every month, I pick some books with pretty covers and then I show the ones with best blurbs to you.
Basically, I spend a lot of time on Netgalley, and scouring the Internet for new releases, so I am gonna do that, but pick the books based on their cover. Then I’ll read the blurbs and pick my favorites and then I share them with all of you!

So the basic formula of this post is pretty books meets new releases I am excited about.

We took a little break with pretty covers in December, but a new year is upon us and it’s time to be superficial about books once more. Also, in previous years, I usually skipped over the books I was already highly anticipating and were already on my TBR, but that means I skipped over some really pretty releases, so from now on, those books are also making the lists. Let’s talk about all the pretty January releases RIGHT NOW!

1. Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

Release Date: January 14th

Why I love the cover: The colors! I love how they look together, I love the silhouette and I especially love the title, it looks like it’s made of flower petals. So pretty.

Why I love the blurb: I have been meaning to read an Anna-Marie McLemore book FOR AGES, and this one is just as intriguing as the other ones. It’s a retelling of a Hans Anderson fairytale, and I think we follow two timelines – one during 1518 following a girl accused of witchcraft and one 500 years later, when a girl discovers a pair of red shoes that lead her to a boy who is somehow connected to the sickness present in 1500s. Sounds SUPER intriguing and I have heard nothing but great things. Fadwa recently did an interview with the author, which is awesome, and you can find it HERE.

2. Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

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The City in the Middle of the Night

Release Date: January 14th

Why I love the cover: All of Emma Mills’ novels got a cover redesign and I just LOVE this. Look at the colors on that sky! It’s precious and it makes me feel so happy.

Why I love the blurb: I have already read this one so I can safely say to you – this book is precious. It has family, friendship, love and 90s music radio shows! Plus fandom, and snarky characters and great banter. All Emma Mills staples. Highly recommended, and if you want to know more, LUCKY you, because I have a review up HERE.

3. Prosper’s Demon by K.J. Parker

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Immoral Code

Release Date: January 28th

Why I love the cover: I am freaking obsessed with this cover. It’s so cool and so unique.

Why I love the blurb: This is another awesome-sounding novella coming out from Tor Dot Com and it follows our narrator, who is an exorcist and Prosper, a man of science who just happens to be demonically possessed. I cannot wait to read this one, it sounds amazing, and I always love Tor Dot Com’s releases.

4. Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

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Immoral Code

Release Date: January 28th

Why I love the cover: I really love the colors on this, especially the fact that the blue dominates the cover, it’s so pretty. And I really love how the plants intertwine with the actual title, really cool.

Why I love the blurb: This is a memoir in which Castillo chronicles his experience as an undocumented immigrant in the United States, his father’s deportation, how he had to live in order to hide and just overall his life. I think this will be really beautiful and moving and I am really excited to read it.


And those are this month’s pretty new releases. Let me know your favorite one and as always, let me know about pretty books you found recently!



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9 thoughts on “Judging Books By Their Covers: January 2020 Releases Edition

  1. I love these posts! I really like the way American Dirt looks, blue is my absolute favorite and the white makes it look so bright! It’s one of my most anticipated releases this month also. I’ve seen some complaints recently on IG about how it’s not ownvoices, which is good to know, but I’m still very intrigued about the story.

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