Last Updated on June 25, 2023 by Louisa
Of course, when we choose a book we don’t choose a book by its cover. But despite this, we can all have a little OCD about our bookshelves, and sometimes you just got to add the right color on there.
For all you avid readers who need a little color on your bookshelf, these are the best books with a blue cover. From highly-acclaimed novels, non-fiction, romance, young adult, fantasy and sci-fi, and a few children’s books for kids too!
You’ll be sure to find a book that’s not just aesthetically pleasing, but enjoyable to read, too!
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Acclaimed Books with A Blue Cover
Let’s begin our list with the best highly acclaimed books with blue covers. These are some of the world’s best sellers and award-winning authors.
1. All The Lights We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
This astonishing French novel is an epitome of a slow-burn read that turns out to be so worth it as every piece of it will come together in the end. It is an epic work of historical fiction and fine literature – literature that must be savoured, not devoured.
It details the life of Marie-Laure, who lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works.
When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and the two flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle resides in a tall house by the sea.
With them, they hold what might be the museum’s most worthful and dangerous jewel. On the other hand, the story also portrays a mining town in Germany, where an orphan named Werner Pfennig grows up with his younger sister.
They are enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news from places they have never been to, nor have they imagined.
Werner turned out to be an expert at building and fixing crucial new instruments, and enlisted to utilize his talent to track down the resistance.
In the interweaving lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doer illuminates the ways in which people against all odds try to be good to one another. A deeply moving novel indeed.
2. The Fault In Our Stars – John Green
John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is the Audie Award Winning and harrowing story about youth, love, and the fragility of our lives—lives that we can never predict.
We can only try to experience to the fullest with each passing moment before that impermanent moment slips away.
Hazel and Augustus are both ill, trying to make the most out of a teenagehood that, while fraught with tragedy, is still painfully normal—they struggle with fitting in, being accepted and understood.
By chance, they take a trip to Amsterdam, where Hazel goes to meet the author of her favorite book.
This book is heartwrenching and emotive, it will certainly have you reaching for the tissues.
3. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint
Written back in 1942, The Little Prince is a timeless tale fit for both children and adults. It’s a sweet story that serves as a parable, an allegory, and a fable simultaneously.
It tells the story of a little extra-terrestrial boy who embarks on a journey across the stars and chronicles his adventures and encounters thereafter.
The Little Prince is a philosophical work, written with the imagination and wonder that children find easy to accept, and adults often forget.
The Little Prince is full of moral lessons about relationships, personal growth, love, and responsibility.
If you look for them, but the author breathes life into inanimate objects, giving them the ability to speak, and therefore the story appeals to a younger readership without becoming dull.
4. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
When a stranger arrives at the Provincial Inn on a cold, February requesting for a room, the question is asked; who is this man and why is he travelling out of season?
What’s more unsettling is the thick mask of bandages that cover his face. The villagers are aroused by suspicion and trepidation, and seek to find answers to why this man is disguised in such a way and what keeps him hiding in his room.
What they discover is a chilling look into their own unsolved mysteries and a man trapped in terror.
This highly acclaimed sci-fi, thriller novel is now a major motion picture.
5. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (Ravenclaw Edition) – J.K. Rowling
If you’re looking for books with a blue cover then you will love the gorgeous design of the Ravenclaw Editions of the Harry Potter books.
My personal favorite of the series is the second book, The Chamber of Secrets. It follows Harry’s second year of Hogwarts, only someone doesn’t want him there this year and plots several schemes to keep him away.
On top of that, the chamber of secrets has been opened, a chamber that was once thought to be a myth but is now terrifying the school.
Can Harry and his friends uncover where the secret chamber lies, and find out what horrors lie within?
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Non-Fiction Books with A Blue Cover
6. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma – Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
It’s true that we have all experienced trauma in some sense or another. Veterans must journey through the painful aftermath of war.
At least one in five Americans have been molested and one in four grew up with alcoholics, at least one in every three couples have experienced physical violence.
In this New York Times bestselling book, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s leading trauma experts, uses scientific advances to demonstrate how trauma shapes the brain and body.
Drawing on over 30 years experience of working with trauma survivors and using research from other leading specialists, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk explores innovative treatments, from meditation to sports to drama and yoga to neurofeedback.
In this book, trauma survivors can find new paths to recovery.
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7. The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking
The Little Book of Hygge might not be completely blue on the cover, but the design is so beautiful it deserves a place on this list.
Hygge is a Danish word used to describe the mood for coziness. Imagine sitting around a fireplace on a cold winter day, sipping hot chocolate, and sharing stories with your friends – that’s so hygge.
But hygge isn’t just a feeling, it’s a way of life. This book is about giving your stressed mind a break and finding happiness in simple pleasures. It’s about being more present and aware of your surroundings.
It’s about how to be more hygge.
8. Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before – Tony Horwitz
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Confederates in the Attic, Tony Horwitz details his adventure as he retraces the voyages of Captain James Cook.
In the 18th century, Captain Cook’s voyages were considered the last of the great adventures of the seas.
He sailed 150,000 miles from North to South poles, from Oceania to North America, and from Easter Island to Siberia. He was essentially responsible for drawing the map of the world.
Tony Horwitz was inspired and decided to embark on the same quest. In Blue Latitudes, he vividly recounts tales from Cook’s voyages.
As well as details from his own adventures, from places such as Tahiti, Savage Island, and the Great Barrier Reef.
After signing on as a crewman aboard a replica of Cook’s vessel, Horwitz has first-hand experience of the life, highs, and lows of life on the high seas.
In this insightful and hilarious novel, Horwitz brings the life and times of Captain Cook to life!
9. Capsized – Steven Callahan
Written in a fictional style, the New York Times bestselling author Steven Callahan recounts the four-months that Jim Nalepka and his crew spent on a capsized trimaran in the stormy seas of the South Pacific.
One day in April, 1989, the boat got into trouble in a storm and captisized. The four men had to huddle together in the dank hull, a compartment of only 20 inches high, and as wide a double bed, while they waited to be saved.
Most of their equipment and gear was lost in the story, and they were constantly drenched. They drank rainwater and caught fish for food until finally, the wind blew them into the Great Barrier Island of New Zealand.
It’s written as fiction, but based on a true story.
10. Forgotten Footprints – John Harrison
Forgotten Footprints explores the history, geography and myths of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea and the South Shetland Islands.
Complete with beautiful photographs by John Harrison, Forgotten Footprints is the account of one man’s journey to the most barron lands.
Filled with anecdotes, stories from merchantmen, whalers, navy men, and aviators he meets along the way, as well as scientists and explorers.
The reader can really understand what Antarctica is really like, without leaving your armchair.
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Young Adult Books with A Blue Cover
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11. They Both Die At The End – Adam Silvera
Well, where to start with this one. Adam Silvera is known for his emotional writing style, but They Both Die At The End takes it one step further for me.
In an alternate world, Death-Cast is a company that rings people up and lets them politely know that their impending death has come and it will be within the next 24 hours.
This gives them time to say goodbye to loved ones, experience bucket list activities, or tie up loose ends. In the book, we follow two lads, Rufus and Mateo as they traverse the streets, spending the few hours they have left in the world, together.
A fabulous concept and one that keeps you intrigued to the very end, even though, quite humorously, the title gives it away. It’s a must-read for something a little different.
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12. Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas
Eighteen-year-old Celaena is a salt-miner come assassin working for the Crown Prince, Prince Dorian.
Enslaved in the mines for a crime she once committed, she has a chance to win her freedom by entering a competition to find a new royal assassin.
She has to face several challenges to defeat a group of thieves, killers, and mighty warriors in the competition. The victory will release her from prison and serve as king’s champion.
But with her freedom, also comes a fight for survival. With encouragement from the Crown Prince and the protection of the Captain of the Guard, they try to help her in the war.
But the path is shrouded by the strongest evil force, and it’s there to kill. She has to root out the evil force before they destroy her world.
13. The Selection – Keira Cass
Set in a dystopian world where society is divided into numbers, and each number resembles a class, The Selection series is about a world divided and a tantalising love triangle thrown in for good measure.
Number 1, is the most elite class, of Kings, Queens, and those in power. The lowest class, number 8, are the workers – those who man the kitchens of the silver palace and work as servants.
For thirty-five girls, The Selection is the opportunity of a lifetime. But not for our main character, America Singer.
They have the chance to escape a life of low status and to be swept up into the world of ballgowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the hand of handsome Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, The Selection is her worst nightmare. It means she can no longer pursue her secret love with Aspen, a level below her, as well as leave her home.
Living in a palace that is always threatened with attack and marrying the crown is not what America wants.
But when she finally meets Prince Maxon, she starts to question what it is she truly wants.
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14. Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple
Where’d You Go is a hilarious novel about the notorious Bernadette Fox, who mysteriously vanishes.
To her techie husband, she’s a strong, opinionated woman. To the mother’s at her daughter’s school, a disgrace, and to her daughter, Bee, her best friend.
When Bee’s report card showed straight A’s, she was promised a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s life in Seattle is spiraling downhill, so much so that she has a virtual assistant in India running most of her life.
Bee is desperate to find her mother. In this touching novel, readers can see emails, official documents, and secret letters from Bee as she tries to unravel where her mother is and why she disappeared.
15. Wonder – R.J. Palacio
August “Auggie” Pullman is a home-schooled fifth-grader who lives with his parents in Upper Manhattan’s North River Heights.
He has a genetic condition, Treacher Collins syndrome, which has left his face disfigured. As a result, August is being home-schooled by his mother.
His parents, however, enrolled him in Beecher Prep at the start of fifth grade in order to offer him a broader perspective of the world.
Auggie simply wants to be treated like any other kid. However, August is dealing with a lot more than just being new. Will he make any new friends? And can others around him learn to look past his outward appearance?
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Romance Books with A Blue Cover
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16. Ugly Love – Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover strikes again in another powerful romance story, with just the right amount of suspense. If you love a love-hate relationship, then you’ll love a book like Ugly Love!
Tate Collins and Miles Archer are instantly attracted to one another, but they both know that love is off the table.
They establish a set of rules to keep their arrangement simple – no questions about their past, and no expectations of a future.
Tate’s convinced she can handle it, until things start to get complicated.
Soon, their relationship takes a turn for the worse as the two find themselves struggling with their feelings as they break the rules they initially established.
Their love story gets increasingly complicated by the day and uglier by the minute.
17. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nick Carraway arrives in New York City to work as a bond salesman. He leases a home in the Long Island community of West Egg.
It is across the water from his cousin Daisy and next door to Jay Gatsby’s opulent estate, where he holds spectacular soirées but does not attend them.
Nick is swiftly dragged into the captivating world of the wealthy, penning stories of expensive parties, unattainable love, dreams, and tragedy as he bears witness their illusions and deceptions.
Set during the Jazz Age on Long Island, near New York City, The Great Gatsby provides a snippet of Prohibition-era America, while exploring themes of class, societal expectations, identity, and displacement.
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18. Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Malibu Rising is about four famous siblings who decide to throw a huge end-of-summer party, but in just 24 hours, a ton of family drama catches up with them.
Nina Riva is a talented surfer and supermodel, her brothers Jay and Hud, are both a talented surfer, and acclaimed photographer. Each of the siblings adore their little sister, Kit.
The brothers and sisters are the talk of Malibu, not only for their own successes but because they are the offspring of the iconic singer, Mick Riva.
Nina has just been dumped by her Tennis pro husband, and Hud is hiding secrets from his brother whom he is inseparable with. Jay is awaiting the arrival of a girl he’s fallen in love with, and Kit…she has secrets of her own.
This may not be the most anticipated party of the year, afterall.
19. Once and For All – Sarah Dessen
Once and For All is a story of wedding planning by New York Times bestselling author, Sarah Dessen.
It follows Louna who’s summer job is to help bride’s plan their special day, even though she doesn’t believe in a happily-ever after story. Louna had loved once, but it ended with her heart in pieces.
That is until she meets Ambrose, a charming chick-magnet who has his eyes set on Louna. Maybe she could give love a second chance, after all…
This is a romantic comedy novel with an entertaining storyline.
20. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
Away from his friends, Bruno is sad and lonely, but he finds friendship with a boy in striped pyjamas on the other side of a fence. A jewish boy named Shmuel who is the same age as Bruno.
Set during war-torn Germany during WWII, 8-year-old Bruno’s family leave the capital of Berlin to live near a concentration camp where his father has become a commander.
Though they are separated by the fence, the boys become great friends, unaware of what’s happening around them.
This is a historical fiction story of the holocaust told through the eyes of a child. It’s warm and emotive, with some sadness.
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Fantasy/Sci-Fi Books with A Blue Cover
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21. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
The Shape of Water is an extraordinary romance novel about a mute woman who falls in love with an amphibious man.
Set in the early 60s, Elisa Esposito is struggling to find her place in society. She’s been mute her whole life and works the graveyard shift as a janitor at Baltimore’s Occam Aerospace Research Center.
One night, while working her shift, she accidentally sees the Center’s most secret asset. She finds an amphibious man who was taken from the Amazon to be studied for military purposes.
She finds him terrifying but magestic. He is capable of understanding emotions and language, and Elisa is drawn to him in ways she can’t explain. Using sign language to communicate, her affection turns to love.
But an obsessed soldier, Richard Strickland, wants to dissect it before the Russians come to steal it. Elisa hatches a plan to break the creature free. But it’s not just Strickland she has to worry about, the Russians are indeed coming…
22. After – Anna Todd
After is a series of five young adult romance books written by Anna Todd. The story follows a young girl named Tessa, who just graduated from high school.
Now starting college, her life has been planned to the letter, not just by herself but by over overbearing mother. All was going well until she meets bad boy Hardin Scott, who was rude, arrogant, and cold toward Tessa.
Tessa falls for Hardin, and despite the fact he continues to act arrogant and bullish towards her, she is convinced he feels the same but won’t let his feelings known.
As Tessa’s mom continues to try to control her life, and Hardin’s indifference and small level of affection keep her hooked, she starts to take a journey full of bad choices which leads to an inevitable and predictable ending.
This is one college romance book you won’t be able to put down!
23. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is known for writing thriller, and horror stories for children, and The Graveyard Book is no exception. It has sold over one million copies worldwide and won the John Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal.
It follows Bod, an unusual boy who lives in a graveyard. He was raised by the ghosts and werewolves, and has learned the customs and ghostly teachings of his guardians, including the ability to fade so other mortals can’t see him.
But how can a boy raised by ghosts survive in a world of both living and dead? This is the thrilling coming-of-age story that you must add to your bookshelf.
The Graveyard Book is also the winner of a Hugo Award for best novel, the American Bookseller Association Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book, and the Locus Award for Young Adult novel.
24. Leave The World Behind – Rumaan Alam
This is a captivating novel about two families who were strangers to each other, being forced into spending a long weekend together. Only it goes terribly wrong.
Amanda and Clay embark on a vacation to a remote part of Long Island, quiet and peaceful, not like their usual life in New York City. It’s a time for them to spend quality time with their teenage children.
But a late-night knock reveals Ruth and G. H., an older couple who own the house, and they are panicked.
The city is hit by a sudden blackout, but they are staying in a remote house with no internet, no TV, and phone service, so they have no choice but to believe them.
Should Amanda and Clay trust the stray couple who appear in the night and are they really safe staying in such an isolated location?
What has really happened in New York? There’s nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide, should things not work out…
This suspenseful novel covers themes of parenthood, race, and class. Leave The World Behind was also added to Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List!
25. Renegades – Marissa Meyer
Renegades is an award-winning novel by New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer. It tells of secret identities, vengeance, justice, and magic.
The Renegades are humans with extraordinary powers. They can emerge from ruins and establish peace in a crumbling society. They are protectors of justice and a symbol of hope and courage.
But Nova has reasons to hate the Renegades. She’s on a mission of vengeance. But when she meets Adrian, a Renegade, he falls for Nova and makes matters complicated.
Nova has sworn allegiance to a villain with enough power to end both her and The Renegades. This new feeling of attraction complicates things…
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Children’s Books with A Blue Cover
Finally, here’s something for the little ones. Here are the best children’s books with blue covers!
26. Spaced Out – Stuart Gibbs
Spaced Out is a New York Times bestselling novel about a moon base commander who goes missing. Determined to solve the case is Dash Gibson.
The world’s first moon base is only the size of a small football field, so when Nina Stack, the commander of the Moon Base goes missing, the Moonies are confused.
Twelve-year-old Dashiell is the best detective they’ve got. The case is a mystery, even to Dash, who is also trying to hide his secret friendship with an alien.
But it’s not just one missing Moonie that has Dash concerned, the entire fate of the human race is bound to his quest.
27. The Magic Finger – Roald Dahl
A timeless classic by Roald Dahl is The Magic Finger. A story about a young girl who believes hunting is wrong. Only her neighbors, The Gregg Family, are avid hunters and tease the young girl for her beliefs.
She tries to be polite, but one day they took matters too far and the little girl turns her magic finger on them.
She turns The Gregg Family into birds, who now need to live in a nest and live life as birds. They now know what it feels like to be hunted and not the hunter…
As with many of Roald Dahl’s books, this story captures themes of learning right and wrong, standing true to your morals and knowing that every evil action has a consequence.
28. Lost And Found – Oliver Jeffers
One of the most cherished children’s books of all time is Oliver Jeffer’s emotive story, Lost and Found.
It follows a young boy who one day finds a penguin on his doorstep. He tries to help the penguin find his way back home, and travels across stormy seas to help him return to Antarctica.
Once he leaves the penguin, he starts to feel sad. He misses the penguin, who became his friend in the short time they knew each other.
The boy learns about friendship and loneliness. And that home is not a place, but the people you surround yourself with.
29. The Cat In The Hat – Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss is a classic picture book about cleaning up your messes.
The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2, his troublemaking mates, turn up at the house of Sally and her brother when their mother is away one rainy day.
The Cat shows the children a few of his tricks to entertain them but in the process, they destroy the house. The children are alarmed, but the cat produces a machine that cleans up the house just before their mother comes home.
It is written in rhyme and song and is a delight for readers of all ages. Accompanied by illustrations, the story comes to life.
30. Billionaire Boy – David Walliams
From the award winning author, David Walliams, is the fun and engaging story, Billionaire Boy.
Joe is really, really rich. He has his own bowling alley, a cinema, and an orangutan butler.
He’s the wealthiest twelve-year-old in town, but he doesn’t have any friends.
This is a story of how money doesn’t buy happiness or true friendship.
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Final Word on Best Books With A Blue Cover
So there you have it, 30 of our favorite books with a blue cover! We hope that you found something on this list that is not only enjoyable to read, but looks elegant on your bookshelf.
Did we miss anything from our list? Let us know in the comments!