Happy National Blueberry Day! In honor of this fun and delicious holiday, I’ve gathered a list of ten great books with blue covers. You’re sure to find a new favorite!
In case you already love blue books, Goodreads also has an awesome list of books with blue covers! Check that out if you’re in the mood for more.
Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor
Strange the Dreamer is one YA fantasy that is absolutely worth the hype.
The main character, Lazlo Strange, is fantastic. He’s just a fellow bookworm, and a librarian in search of a lost city he’s only heard about in fairytales. This book (and its purple/red sequel) will take you on along journey with Lazlo and other interesting characters, and we wholeheartedly recommend it.
If you love the color blue, there’s more to this color in the book than just on the cover! You’ll just have to read to find out.
Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman
Challenger Deep is a powerful award-winning book about a boy’s struggle with mental illness, loosely based on the author’s experience with his son.
Caden Bosch is many things: he’s a pirate on a ship headed for the deepest point on Earth, known as Challenger Deep, but he’s also a bright high school student just trying to get by. When his family and friends begin to notice his new and unusually behavior, they realize there must be something more going on.
This National Book Award winner handles themes of suffering and emotional recovery in a delicate manner, and it’s definitely worth a read.
The Boy Who Steals Houses, by C.G. Drews
The Boy Who Steals Houses is a poignant and heartbreaking YA read, and we think it’s seriously underrated.
“Can two broken boys find their perfect home? By turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, this is a gorgeously told, powerful story.” Sam is fifteen, but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative they know. As Sam tries to build a new life for them, he survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away. Until… one day he’s caught in a house when the family returns home.
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls is a dark and darkly funny book, and by the end of it, you’re sure to shed a tear or two. “An unflinching and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.”
At seven minutes past midnight, Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. For the past several nights, he’s been expecting to see the monster from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. But… the monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient, wild, and it wants something from Conor. It wants to hear the truth.
The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan
I couldn’t make a list of blue things without including Percy Jackson himself. While, yes, this cover is blue or blueish green, Percy is also well-known for loving blue food.
The Lightning Thief is a classic middle grade book, but honestly, anyone can enjoy this awesome series about the son of Poseidon.
Summer Bird Blue, by Akemi Dawn Bowman
According to Bustle, Summer Bird Blue is “a lyrical novel about grief, love, and finding oneself in the wake of a tragic loss.”
Rumi Seto spends most of her time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of: she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea. But when Lea dies in a car accident, her mother decides to send her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief.
From sadness to confusing love, this honest and powerful book will give you a wide range of blue feelings.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling
If you’re in the mood to feel nostalgic, this blue book about everyone’s favorite wizard is sure to cheer you up.
The largest book in the series, Order of the Phoenix is also one of the most rewarding and complex of all the books. Get your tissues ready, because you’ll definitely feels all kinds of blue when you read this book.
Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo
If you’ve been thinking about watching Netflix’s Shadow and Bone, we highly recommend you read the book series first! (Although, we recommend picking up a copy of Six of Crows even more).
Shadow and Bone is the first in Bardugo’s debut series, and every book is just as twisty and magical as the next.
They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera
One of BookTok’s favorite books right now, They Both Die at the End is every bit as sad as it sounds. And, author Adam Silvera is currently working on a screen adaptation of this book with HBO, so you certainly won’t want to miss it.
Shortly after midnight on September 5th, the Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die within the next 24 hours.
Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day, and conveniently, there’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for a great, single-day adventure together.
Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick
Wonderstruck is a complex and beautiful middle grade novel, with dozens of stunning illustrations by the author perfectly blended into the story.
Ben and Rose both wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, and Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother’s room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.
Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories (Ben’s told in words, Rose’s in pictures) weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry.