Top 5 Books with a Dress on the Cover I Want to Read

Top 5 Books with Dresses on the Cover I Want to Read

This Top 5 series started back in October 2018 and it has grown really big! This is a series of books that all have a common theme. I post the schedule for the next month the last week of the prior month. You can talk about books you want to read or books you have read and all prompts are open for interpretation! Feel free to get as creative as you want with the prompts.

Upcoming Schedule!

November 14th, 2020  — Dress on the Cover

November 21st, 2020 — Books with 2 Authors

November 28th, 2020 — Cover Buys

December 5th, 2020 — Apocalyptic Books

December 12th, 2020 — Water on the Cover

December 19th, 2020 — Famous Authors

December 26th, 2020 — 2021 Releases


  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
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  • Tag 5 people — So that more people can join us!!

Books with a Dress on the Cover

For some reason I just love books with big puffy dresses on the cover. I noticed while making this list that almost all the books I came across with a dress on the cover were from 2011 and 2012, so I was trying to think about a more current cover trend and I couldn’t come up with one. I also noticed that most of the books were paranormal books, which I really didn’t expect!

I expect books with dresses on the cover to be light YA reads that are full of drama. I just find this cover design to be so appealing and I always think that the book will be a total guilty pleasure read. Of course there are tons of books out there with dresses on the cover that fall out of that stereotype as well, but I typically expect books with dresses on the cover to be light and fluffy reads. There are so many books with dresses on the cover that I loved, such as: Fallen, The Selection, Hex Hall, Queen of Someday, Matched, Etiquette and Espionage, The Goddess Test, The Winner’s Curse, Kiss of Deception and The Jewel. Luckily for me there are even more that are on my TBR waiting to be read!

Sweet Evil by Wendy HigginsSweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

I’ve seen this book all over the place on Goodreads for years now. But I didn’t become really interested in it until recently. After finishing The Beautiful Creatures series I wanted another YA paranormal book with a southern setting and I came across Sweet Evil. Several people have recommended this book to me and since I’ve really been loving YA paranormal books lately I think I will wind up picking this one up soon!

wither by lauren destefanoWither by Lauren DeStefano

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

This book is one that I’ve wanted to read pretty much since it came out. I first saw this book at my local public library and was just drawn to the cover. I actually picked up a copy of this one at a used library book sale, but I still haven’t read it yet. The plot of this book just sounds so interesting to me, but for some reason it still hasn’t managed to make it’s way to the top of my TBR.

Born Wicked by Jessica SpotswoodBorn Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word… especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

I discovered this book through the ebook library. The cover is SO beautiful and I’m always up for another book about witches. This book is a historical fiction set in New England in the early 1900’s and witchcraft is very real. I have always found the Salem witch trials fascinating and part of me always wonders if those women really were witches or just persecuted women.

unearthly by cynthia handUnearthly by Cynthia Hand

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

This is another book that has been on my TBR for ages now. I feel like I haven’t read this because there are several other popular angel books out there, but out of all of them this is the one that my friends seemed to enjoy the most. This book just looks like an incredible guilty pleasure read, I love a good YA paranormal and I am not afraid to admit that I love reading love triangles and I love a bad boy love interest. I just feel like this is perfect for when I really want a good YA paranormal read.

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan DennardSomething Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

This book is actually the only recent addition to my TBR out of this entire list. I discovered this book quite recently when scrolling through Goodreads and I just LOVE the cover. It has all the gothic vibes which I’m totally here for, and seriously, that DRESS! Ugh I love it!! This book looks a bit darker than all the others on this list and I have totally been into that kind of thing lately. This book is classified as a YA horror and apparently there are zombies. I also have the author’s other series Truthwitch on my TBR as well, so if I like her writing she has a fantasy series that I can pick up too!

Tagged! Join us this week or next!

Toya @ The Reading Chemist

Jessica, Emily & Amber @ The Book Bratz

Emily @ Emily The Book Nerd

Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger

Meg @ A Little Shelf-Righteous

Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books

Fanna @ Fanna For Books

Let’s Chat!

Do you love books with dresses on the cover? What are some of your favorites? Have you noticed that trends in covers change a lot? What do you think a recent cover trend is? Do you expect books with similar covers to be similar books? Have you read any of the books I listed above? If so which one would you recommend I read first? Make sure to comment below so we can chat about books with dresses on the cover!

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    1. Yayyy!! I love when new people join top 5 Saturday. Feel free to join for following weeks too if you want! It’s funny that I realized that this was a super common cover trend in 2011 and 2012, but not so common anymore. It really got me thinking about cover trends and I was trying to figure out what the current trends are. Of course it’s so easy to see bookish trends looking back. Like post Twilight YA was filled with paranormal books and post Hunger Games dystopian novels became a huge genre.


  1. I also liked Wither when I read it! I think out of all three of the novels in the trilogy, Wither’s cover is my favorite! I just think the dress is super pretty and I love the color scheme of the cover. I got pretty excited when I saw Wither because it is an older book and I never really saw any posts about it (more than likely because I missed them not because they didn’t exist😂). Great post!

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    1. I have never seen any posts about Wither either, but also probably because it’s older. I’ve been trying to read more backlist novels lately! I’m so glad to hear you really liked it because I have heard like, no one talk about it.


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