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Books: By Their Cover

Okay, so you're totally not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but like, everyone does anyway and whatever, it's fine. Especially when the books are really pretty. Sure, some textbooks have not-boring and informative content, but are those going to look cute on your coffee table? HELL NO. Here are some dreamy, pretty books that we totally judged by their covers. —Katie


The First Rule of Swimming by Courtney Angela Brkic
"Courtney Angela Brkic's First Rule Of Swimming is a haunting hardcover, one that explores the legacy of betrayal and loss in a place where beauty is fused inextricably with hardship, and where individuals are forced to make wrenching choices as they are swept up in the tides of history."


In Between Days by Andrew Porter
"In Between Days is a softcover novel that paints a portrait of an American family trying to cope - it's a story of choices and of doubts, told with piercing insight and psychological suspense. This is a novel about love and family, about betrayal and forgiveness and about coming home."


Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
"A magical collection of mind-bending & unforgettable tales from Karen Russell. Stories as amusing as they are amazing, courtesy of an award-winning author."


Secret Garden by Johanna Basford
This is an awesome little activity and coloring book with really beautiful and busy illustrations. Who can say no to an adult coloring book?


Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed the 1960s by Paula Reed
This is chock-full of iconic shots from the '60s, perfect if you need a little retro inspiration in your life. This one can go right up on the coffee table.