For months, I have been following Abbey and Tabitha’s Blogger Book Nook and wanted to take part. They’ve created a blogger community for those who love reading and each month give a topic for reading material and some questions to answer. So far, I haven’t had the time to take part so I made it my January goal to get involved.

Which book currently on your shelf has the most beautiful cover?

I am currently 4000km away from my book shelf which is really sad. I took so many books to the charity shop over Christmas that I’m struggling to even remember what is on my book shelf. I’m gonna say, one of my House of Night books. I’ve always loved that series and the cover art is always stunning.

Is picking a book based on its cover something you do regularly?

If I’m shopping for a book without knowing what I’m going to buy then yes, kinda. I will always pick out the visually attractive books that catch my eye but then I will read the blurb on the back. The cover catches my attention but it’s the blurb that sells it to me.

If a book was written about your life, what would be on the cover?

I think the cover of my life story would be very ecletic with travel and theatre the main features. I don’t think I would personally feature on the cover because I don’t like being the centre of attention, it would be a collection of things I love… and it would probably have a marble and rose gold theme because I’m a basic bitch. 

Do you prefer hardback or paperback covers? Why?

Definitely paperback. Hardbacks are pretty and all plus I think they look nicer as gifts but they are so heavy and clumsy to read. I’m one of those horrible people who like to break the spine too…

What draws you in most to a book cover? Stunning illustrations? Pretty lettering? Interesting textures?

Simplicity. I don’t like anything too busy, I like a pretty illustration which represents the book but doesn’t give too much away. I love a book that is photogenic.


For the judge a book by it’s cover prompt, I bought Sunshine on a Rainy Day by Bryony Fraser. I love a book bargain being more a fan of The Works than Waterstones. Over Christmas, a new book shop with a very similar concept to The Works opened up called New Stories. They had an incredible book selection at only £2 and I picked up several reads that I have wanted for ages. Sadly, it’s since shut up shop but I selected this month’s book in the last few days before it closed down.

I was attracted to this book by it’s simplicity. The cover is pretty and effortless plus it doesn’t give anything away about the story, it keeps a mystery about it.

Sunshine on a Rainy Day tells the story of Zoe and Jack, a couple who realise marriage is not for them… after the wedding. The book starts at the end with the couple telling their family and friends that they’re getting a divorce. It then goes back to the start of the marriage and alternates each chapter between now and then. 

The author really lets you relate to both of the characters even though they have completely conflicting view points. I had a lot of sympathy for Jack whilst I could understand Zoe.

The book really highlights that sadly, things in life don’t always work out the way you would expect or the way you think it should but you can still have a happy ending. It also gives the message that you shouldn’t let go of your beliefs to make someone else happy, it just won’t work.

I really, really loved this book. I had no idea what to expect when I picked it up off the shelf but I really didn’t expect the story I read. It was happy, it was sad and it was overall a good, emotional read.


This blog post is not sponsored or endorsed in any way. All opinions are my own and just that: opinions.



  1. Abbey Louisa Rose (@abbeylouisarose) says:

    Yay Steph!! Thank you so much for joining in with January’s reading prompt, I’m so glad that you enjoyed the book you selected as well! I really like the sound of the story, it’s not something I have come across before in a book so top marks for novelty – I am intrigued to find out about how it ends! A marble and rose gold theme for the book of your life sounds excellent to me!

    Abbey 😘

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  2. Sarah says:

    It is a nice book, I read it recently and enjoyed it. As you say, the characters are easy to ‘get’. I hadn’t really taken much notice of why I liked the look of it but looking at your pictures the cover is quite clever but also simple. 🙂 Happy reading

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  3. Tabitha says:

    I’m so happy you were able to take part this month Steph!
    I agree with you 100%, hardbacks are pretty but a nightmare to read on the go! So bulky!
    I also agree with you when I pick up pretty books in a book store. The cover initially draws me in but then I read the blurb!
    Thanks for taking part and I hope to see you take part in more months to come!

    Tabitha xx

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