judging books by the cover

Judging Books By Their Covers: February 2021 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.

Not a lot to choose from this month to be honest, but I love the four choices I ended up with. Let’s talk pretty covers!


Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler

Fake Accounts eBook by Lauren Oyler | Rakuten Kobo

Release Date: February 2nd; 4th Estate
Pre-order on Bookshop

Why I love the cover: I really love pink and red together and this cover is so cool and so striking to me. As I said, all covers should be required to be pink. Or at least have a pink element, it just makes them objectively better.   
Why I love the blurb: I’ve spoken about this one in my most anticipated releases for 2021 post, but I am now third of the way through it, and I am really, really enjoying it. I think it’s snarky, and very think-y, it requires a lot of brain power to read which is why it’s taking me a lot to finish it. This is gonna be a divisive and controversial book I think, one that will inspire a lot of debate and discourse I think, so I am looking forward to that, but I highly recommend it so far! 

Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz

Amazon.com: Milk Blood Heat (9780802158154): Moniz, Dantiel W.: Books

Release Date: February 2nd, Grove/Antlantic
Pre-order on Bookshop

Why I love the cover: This is one of my favorite covers of this year. I love the color tones, and I love the half-half design (although it’s not entirely half/half) and for some reason, I think this cover really works well with the collection. GREAT STUFF ALL AROUND. 
Why I love the blurb: This is a fantastic debut collection, that explores many themes, but particularly the relationships between mothers and daughters, and girlhood, and I could not recommend it more. You can find more of my thoughts on it HERE

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019:  Kendi, Ibram X., Blain, Keisha N.: 9780593134047: Amazon.com: Books

Release Date: February 2nd, One World
Pre-order on Bookshop

Why I love the cover: The painting that is the base of the cover is so beautiful, and I really love the color combo. You would think that the cover might be too busy with the letters on top of the painting, but I quite like how it all looks together. 
Why I love the blurb: This is a history of African America, told through eighty chronological chapters and by different historians and journalists and I think it will be really brilliant. 

Milk Fed by Melissa Broder

Milk Fed | Book by Melissa Broder | Official Publisher Page | Simon &  Schuster

Release Date: February 2nd, Scribner
Pre-order on Bookshop

Why I love the cover: I think this is a GREAT, fun, cover and further proof that if you add pink to a cover, you can make it great. 
Why I love the blurb: This is one I added to my TBR because everyone was talking about it and so far the early reviews have been lukewarm, but I am still quite excited to get to it. It’s about a woman who is obsessed with calorie intake and dieting, until she meets this other woman that is intent on feeding her. It sounds so intriguing, so I am looking forward to it. 


I would love to hear from you! Tell me what you think of these covers and are there any February releases that caught your eye?

In the meantime, happy reading




* If you want to buy any of the books I talked about, you can use my Bookshop affiliate link if you’re in the USA! You buy a book and support local bookstores, and I get a small commission! Even if you do not want to use my own affiliate link, I would still recommend using Bookshop.org since a lot of independent bookstores are struggling and this is a nice way to help them out.  You can even find your favorite local bookstore and support them directly! 

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2 thoughts on “Judging Books By Their Covers: February 2021 Releases

  1. I also love Milk Fed! Pink and red do not always work for me when put together, but I do like that cover of Fake Accounts, the shades are perfect and the graphic is so striking!


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