Monday, May 1, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by The Broke and the Bookish that I LOVE because then I get to interact with other bloggers, even when our reading tastes vary wildly. This week's theme is right up my alley, because I am exactly that person who judges books by their covers. A lot. I know it is not very nice and all that, but sometimes a cover REALLY has to speak to me if it is a topic I am only mildly interested in.

May 2nd: Cover Theme Freebie: Literally anything about covers...top ten covers that scream Spring, ten books with ice cream on the cover, ten books with blue covers, etc.

Naturally, I will stick to what I know best, and that is the history of the UK - funny, isn't it, since I am exactly 0% Scottish, English, or Irish (and about 90% German with a dash of Swede thrown in for good measure). Also, let's not pretend I would be able to stick anywhere even close to ten. So, without further adieu, I present the top covers (in no particular order) that I desperately love from my most favorite topic, the history of the UK. No explanations, just rows and rows of beautiful covers.

55139 118001
10361524 55039
15811559 13152216
8474660 31086
23456467 1890910
1430474 2795523
25317189 15995080
12440845 29341703
6365134 2460042
29807075 24611571
27394452 1123100
29430787 29139385
17456975 12109227
530793 20821029

Just a note, I have read most of the books featured on this list. However, an endorsement of the cover does not necessarily mean an endorsement of the content. There are some beautiful covers that have really done me wrong and you would think I would stop judging them. But I don't.

And here is one more, just for good measure, coming in September:


Now, this is the UK cover, which I love infinitely more than the US one. So, looks like I will be doing a bit of shopping on Amazon.co.uk, won't I?

Let me know what you think of my cover choices and where I can find your list as well.
Happy Reading!
Sarah

16 comments:

  1. I love the colours they use for historical books! :-) Great list!

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    1. Thank you! It was hard to choose and I finally gave up trying to have any restraint. The color schemes are really amazing.

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  2. The Year 1000 (cover and topic appeal to me), The Plantagenets, Before Scotland, Magna Carta, and The Wars of the Roses all appeal to me just based on the cover or the design alone. Love the Templars too. And Bosworth 1485. Okay I'll stop. :)

    Nice cover gallery though.

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    1. Thank you :)

      Feel free to keep going - I obviously did! Danzinger (Year 1000) also has a book about Magna Carta. Definitely recommended. I have not finished the 'Before Scotland' one yet but I like it a lot so far. I have so many books about early England but almost nothing about early Scotland or Ireland in any depth, so if you ever come across any other good ones, please let me know!

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    2. I will, it's am area that interests me too and I love the idea of learning more about those areas. Ireland and Scotland (and Britain too) have always been fascinating to me.

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    3. Same (obviously!). In 2009 I visited Scotland with my mom and it was amazing, we were all over the country in about four and a half days, all the way up to Inverness, through the Highlands and even a cruise on Loch Ness. I got the Before Scotland book there - as well as about nine other books, big surprise. I have a few books about the Celtics, Picts, Scots, etc but not a ton of detailed books. I am very interested in the Bronze and Iron Age peoples in what is now the UK.

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  3. Ooh! Must check out that book on William Marshal! My TTT: http://wp.me/p6UZ6M-7ya

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    1. Oh good gracious, the William Marshal one is one of the best books I have ever read, period. It is fantastic and I could go on and on about it forever. When you read it let me know so we can talk about it afterward!!

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  4. I like the cover for If Walls Could Talk, but you have so many great covers it was hard to choose! Here is my TTT.

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    1. Thank you for visiting - it was SO TOUGH!! I probably could have done 20 more covers.

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  5. Hi! I love UK history. And I'm 100% American. lol :)
    My TTT
    Leslie

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    1. I am glad I am not alone :) Tanks for stopping by!

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  6. The Eric Ives book on Anne Boleyn was supposed to be one of the best books about her. I've had it on my bookshelves for years but haven't read it yet. I love the Bosworth cover! I might need to get the Dan Jones War of the Roses book...I want to read more on the subject. Great list!

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    1. The Ives book is FANTASTIC! And I can not even stand an ounce of Anne Boleyn at all, and it is The Bible of Anne Boleyn, it is so well-done.

      As you know by now, I think any Dan Jones is good ;) The titles and covers are different from US to UK versions, all covers that I included are the US versions except for the Knights Templar one.

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  7. Love the cover for Before Scotland. And you blog name is awesome!

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    1. Isn't that one gorgeous? I am biased though, because Scotland is my most favorite country.

      Thank you for the blog name compliment - it came about because I was setting up my blog and everything I tried was taken. I literally said one night, "Ugh! All the book blog names are taken!" and thus my blog was born!

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