judging books by the cover

Judging Books By Their Covers: July 2020 Releases

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 bit of a break with this series because it requires more time than I have but I am procrastinating from doing actual work because I am useless, so YOU GET A NEW POST. Let’s talk pretty covers!

1. Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

The City in the Middle of the Night
Release Date: July 7th

Why I love the cover: We’ve been knew that Rory Power just has the best covers. I love the orange tones of this cover and we love to see a good Children of the Corn vibe, it has FLAVOR.

Why I love the blurb: We all know that I am a COWARD so creepy books are not my jam usually, but listen, family trauma is my kind of thing, and I think the main character goes to a creepy, small town to dig into her past, so who am I to say no to a small town mystery? That’s right no one.

2. Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Amazon.com: Cinderella Is Dead (9781547603879): Bayron, Kalynn: Books

The City in the Middle of the Night

Release Date: July 7th

Why I love the cover: You know what we love to see? Black girls on covers, fresh takes on classic stories AND purple tones. There’s not enough purple books and that’s a crime against books and me personally. I love this illustration a lot, I am a huge fan of illustrated covers and this is all just so PRETTY.

Why I love the blurb: Set in a world 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, girls are required to go to the Annual Ball, where men are supposed to take their picks for wives. Our main character, Sophia, flees the ball and meets the last known descendant of Cinderella, Constance. The two girls vow to bring down the king together and they discover Cinderella’s history in the process. THIS IS ALSO SAPPHIC? THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING.

3. True Love by Sarah Gerard

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Immoral Code

Release Date: July 7th

Why I love the cover: THIS COVER. I love the concept the most, but the colors are all so pleasing and I just would like to own this book as a physical object ASAP.

Why I love the blurb: This is a literary fiction novel that looks at the state of modern romance and relationship (yes, my fave theme!) and follows a woman who is searching for love and her identity in her relationships to many different people. Sounds super good and intriguing, so I am EXCITED.

4. Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Amazon.com: Trouble the Saints: A Novel (9781250175342): Johnson ...

Immoral Code

Release Date: July 21st

Why I love the cover: I love this retro look of the cover and I am obsessed with the illustrations and the slanted title. Very cool and I think vibes well with the themes of the book.

Why I love the blurb: This is an alternate history novel set at the brink of WWII (which we know I don’t like to read about) BUT there’s promise of Fantasy and assassins in here, plus a look at the interracial story AND it’s blurbed by N.K. Jemisin, so we have to stan.

5. It Is Stone, It Is Wood by Gabriella Burnham

It Is Wood, It Is Stone: A Novel: Burnham, Gabriella ...

Immoral Code

Release Date: July 28th

Why I love the cover: I am a simple woman – I see flowers, I like a cover. But seriously, I really think this looks lovely, and I love the illustrations.

Why I love the blurb: This is set in Brazil and we follow a woman who moves to São Paulo after her husband accepts a position there and we look at her relationship with her maid, Linda. It’s written by a Brazilian American author and the marketing proposes “A lush depiction of privilege and power, sex and stability…” which sounds amazing, and I am super excited.


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!

In the meantime, happy reading





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19 thoughts on “Judging Books By Their Covers: July 2020 Releases

  1. i am here to tell everyone to read Burn Our Bodies Down!! i have most of these on my TBR already and am looking forward to them as well. 🙂 i did add True Love just now because it looks like such a me book!

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  2. Omg I hate the cover for Burn Our Bodies down 😭😭 Also, I related with everything you said about Cinderella is Dead – but imo the UK cover is prettier 😤 Also, I had never heard about It Is Stone, it is Wood but after what you said about it I’m completely sold!! The cover is so beautiful too.

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    1. nooo why 😭 I have seen so many people dislike the cover but I really like it (not as much as Wilder Girls tho). I prefer the UK cover too, but the book does not come out in the UK until August, so it would have technically been cheating to include it 😁 YES, It Is Stone, It Is Wood def sounds promising 😊

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  3. Another great selection this month! 🙂 I like the art for Burn Our Bodies Down but oranges/reds are my least favorite color scheme so… it’s got nothing on Wilder Girls for me, haha. But I LOVE the cover of True Love, and I hadn’t heard of that one! Thanks for putting it on my radar!

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    1. Ah thank you! Burn Our Bodies Down is such a controversial pick – people seem to dislike it 😂 I agree that Wilder Girls is the superior cover, but I still really like this one. I haven’t heard of it before either, but it sounds good, plus I am gonna get it for the cover 😁

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  4. The fact that I am hearing about This is Wood, This is Stone now for the first time is a CRIME and I will be reporting it.

    Great post!! Made me laugh 🙂 Also all of these books sounds so good??? My TBR is trembling in fear.

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