judging books by the cover

Judging Books By Their Covers: August 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.

It’s August this weekend and yet it was March yesterday! Who knew such things were possible! August usually introduces a lull in book releases, and this year is no different. But I still managed to pick a selection of LOVELY covers for August, so let’s jump in!

1. Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Amazon.com: Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy (2 ...

The City in the Middle of the Night
Release Date: August 4th

Why I love the cover: I really love this cover. The cover for Gideon was fun, but this one is POWERFUL and fun at the same time, plus I love the blue hue as opposed to Gideon’s orange. Moreover, look at those skeletons in the back – they look scandalized. I just love it.

Why I love the blurb: Is this a self-indulgent pick? Absolutely. But this book was so good (read my full review HERE). If you want to read a completely insane series, with necromancers and space and WEIRD, I highly recommend this.

2. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed 

The City in the Middle of the Night

Release Date: August 4th

Why I love the cover: You know what we love to see? Black girls on covers and PINK hues. I think this is such a good cover that matches the story so well.

Why I love the blurb: Set during the LA Riots in 1992, which started after four policemen were acquitted after they beat a Black man, Rodney King, half to death. We follow Ashley, a rich Black kid and how her life changes during the upheaval in LA. The book explores issues of race and class, and I am really excited to get to it.

3. You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

Immoral Code

Release Date: August 4th

Why I love the cover: WE KEEP WINNING WITH THESE ILLUSTRATED ROMANCE NOVEL COVERS. I love the colors on this one and I love how dramatic it looks. It’s such a good cover.

Why I love the blurb: This follows two telenovela actors who start working together on a new film after both of their careers hit a bump. They have to make their on screen chemistry work despite their disastrous first meeting. LISTEN. This premise is everything, and that’s coming from someone who hates celebrity romances. I am so excited to read this one.

4. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Immoral Code

Release Date: August 11th

Why I love the cover: I don’t even have to explain this one. This is the best cover that has graced us in this godforsaken year. It’s just so pretty.

Why I love the blurb: This is inspired by Hindu mythology and it follows a girl who happens to be the daughter of a human and a star, and she has to travel to the star court in order to save her mother. It sounds so dreamy and magical and I am SO EXCITED to read it.

5. The Family Clause by Jonas Hassen Khemiri 

The Family Clause – House of Anansi Press

Immoral Code

Release Date: August 25th

Why I love the cover: The more I look at this cover the more I think I see something different in this polaroid. Is this the cover equivalent of a Rorschach test? WHO KNOWS, but I just thing that this is a very cool and unique cover.

Why I love the blurb: This is a very me book – it’s a multiple POV story about a chaotic family on the verge of a collapse and LISTEN, that’s my favorite genre. It sounds really good and I am excited to check it out.

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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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13 thoughts on “Judging Books By Their Covers: August 2020 Releases

  1. I’m so curious about Star Daughter! I’ve only known it exists for about 12 hours but the Hindu mythology inspiration really appeals. I’m not often a fan of people on covers (even illustrations of people), but those colors and that font are pulling me in!

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  2. Ahaha, “It’s August this weekend and yet it was March yesterday!” I feel exactly the same and this phrase just made my day 😀

    I love the cover of The Black Kids. Book covers this year has been so inviting and colorful!

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