judging books by the cover

Judging Books By Their Covers: October 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 October, this year is still awful, and books are still pretty. Let’s talk pretty covers!

1. The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

The City in the Middle of the Night
Release Date: October 13th

Why I love the cover: We never get enough green covers and I am so glad that this one exists! I love the little pink flowers that are kind of embroidered and I think overall it’s such a simple, but beautiful cover.

Why I love the blurb: October is here and so are sorceresses! I actually got an eARC of this one from the publisher and the blurb promises exploration of feminism and bodily autonomy and MAGIC, so I am already all in for this one.

2. The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow 

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow - Books - Hachette Australia

The City in the Middle of the Night
Release Date: October 13th

Why I love the cover: You knowFlowers are always a win for me and I really like the use of banner on here! Plus, this is one of those covers that the more you look at it, the more details you spot and I really like it.

Why I love the blurb: This is one of my most anticipated releases for this year! I really enjoyed The Ten Thousand Doors of January, and this book sounds even more like something I would love. This combines WITCHES and the suffragette movement and I am SO EXCITED.

3. Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

Earthlings: Amazon.co.uk: Sayaka Murata: 9781783785674: Books

Immoral Code
Release Date: October 6th

Why I love the cover: THIS COVER. I don’t even have an explanation, I just think it’s so cute and lowkey weird.

Why I love the blurb: This one is really hard to guess what it’s about from the blurb. It seems weird and I like weird most of the time. And early reviews are so interesting, so I am excited!

4. Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda

Where the Wild Ladies Are: Matsuda, Aoko, Barton, Polly: 9781593766900:  Amazon.com: Books

Immoral Code
Release Date: October 20th

Why I love the cover: I am a huge fan of simple covers like this, because I find them striking. The color combo is SUPERB and I adore it, plus the frog detail is SO COOL, and such a good addition to the fantastic cover.

Why I love the blurb: This is a short story collection, that I am pretty sure I saw first in Fatma’s brilliant post on short story collections (go read that post), and I love a good story collection. This one focuses on feminist retellings of Japanese folk tales and it supposedly has interconnected short stories, so I am really excited to get to it.

5. Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

Immoral Code
Release Date: October 6th

Why I love the cover: The cover is pink AND it has dragons so we stan.

Why I love the blurb: This is a book that is basically set in an alternate contemporary world where there’s a World Cup like competition but WITH DRAGONS. I simply cannot wait.

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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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5 thoughts on “Judging Books By Their Covers: October 2020 Releases

  1. Blazewrath Games’s cover is so pretty, and its synopsis is so cool. World Cup with dragons?? Sign me up??? I love Earthlings’s cover as well, and I’ve wanted to read more Sayaka Murata since I finished Convenience Store Woman. I can’t wait for October 6 👀

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