Top Ten Tuesday - Book Covers of 1978

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is - Cover Freebie

So I’m doing book covers from the year I was born 1978!


1 - Garfield
I love Garfield, now I thought he came to life in 1978 (just like me) but according to the internet he might have been on the go since 1976.  I don’t know if that’s true but I’m claiming the big ginger lasagne loving cat for 1978!


2- The Stand
I have the audiobook and the physical book, I have yet to finish either! I always seem to get a bought half way through and I hit a wall, one day I will finish it.

3 - The Amityville Horror
This still gives me the creeps, I can remember watching the film and not sleeping for weeks!  I’ve not read the book, I might be brave and give it a try!

4 - Marina Tower
I picked this because that font is totally retro and its bikini babes scream seventies.  Has anyone read it.


5 - Pride and Prejudice
A favourite of mine, who doesn’t love Mr Darcy?!  The pink on the cover really stands out!

6 - A Few Quick Ones
Retro? Vintage? It definitely ticks the boxes!

7 - The Sea, The Sea 
I chose this because there is something about this image - The Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai that draws me in, it was created in the 1800’s but I think it fits perfectly on this 70’s cover.


8 - The Lord of the Rings
Delighting readers for years, I really like this cover, the way it gives you the glimpse through the trees to the land beyond.

9 - Fade Out
I’ve not read this but its got some crazed space spider, flying saucers and am I correct in thinking the Capitol Building?  Something is going down!

10 - The Drought
The J G Ballard books I have read of the years all have quite geometric covers, this one of course isn’t.  
I must read this book, it draws me in.


58 comments

  1. Love your twist on this week's topic! I really like that LotR--there's something quite charming about it.

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    1. I think its a great cover too, you are right it’s quite charming!

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  2. What a fun idea! I wonder what books were big in my year.

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  3. How fun! I love that edition of Pride & Prejudice!

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  4. That's a great cover for The Lord of the Rings.

    My post .

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  5. What a great idea! It's interesting how much covers have changed since 1978. I still love that original cover of The Stand😁

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    1. I know, they’ve changed for the better, well most of them have!

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  6. I'm pretty sure we have that Garfield book hanging around, or one similar from back when it was released. My husband's grandmother saved it for him and now my daughter has it. It's fun to look at.

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    1. I saved all my Garfield books for my kids, my youngest daughter loves them.

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  7. I didn't realize The Stand had been around for so long. Cool!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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  8. The Stand, The Amityville & LOTR love them. Haven't read Amityville but seen both movies. The other two I have seen and read a few times, great idea. xxx

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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    1. I saw a little bit of the Amityville Horror and that was too much!

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  9. I was also born in 1978!! Same generation, that's why we chat so lekker (that means nice/well/good).

    I still need to read The Lord of the Rings. I know, unbelievable that I haven't read it yet.

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    1. We are on the same wavelength!

      I can imagine the thought of reading LOTR is quite daunting, I love it though!

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  10. On Goodreads it says that "Garfield was born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant on a winter's night in 1978," so I think you win that one! :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  11. I loved The Stand and keep meaning to read it again, but it's SO long!! If I ever do give it a second reading, I'll have to get it on my Nook. The font size in my mass market copy is far too small for these eyes. :)

    A big NOPE to The Amityville Horror. I saw the movie, which scared the crap out of me. I still get spooked if I look at an alarm clock in the middle of the night and it reads: 2:22. Ugh!!!

    I was born in 1961. I'm off to Google book covers of that year. What fun!

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    1. I’ve been listening to and reading the Stand, it’s taking a while to get through, I think I’ll buy the kindle version so it’s easier on me, the paperback weighs a ton!

      Amityville, the small bit I saw was enough for me!

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  12. Now I'm wondering what books came out for my year of birth -- 1979. This is such an interesting take on this week's theme!

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  13. This was such a fun idea! Wish I'd thought of it. :D

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  14. This is such a fun idea! I was born a few years before you, so it's fun to see covers from "my" era. Cover design has come a long way, hasn't it??

    Happy TTT!

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  15. Oh this is a fantastic idea! And we can see how the art and style has changed!

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    1. It’s definitely changed, though some of the retro covers are wonderful!

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  16. I love that Lord of the Rings cover, too! 👍✨

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  17. Yay! It's great seeing some covers from 1978! I especially love the Garfield one! Great list!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  18. Garfield! *.*

    I never watched a film based on Amityville (I tried to watch one that had a dog; as soon as I realized that something bad would happen to the dog, I turned off the TV), but I think I would like to read The Amityville Horror very much.

    Happy readings!
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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  19. I'm a 1978 baby too! :-D I thought Garfield was created in 1978 too. I made it all the way through The Stand, I think when I was in my early 20s. I didn't realize it was published in 1978. I'm such a wimp about horror movies, I would never even attempt to watch The Amityville Horror! I do read horror but I don't know if I could even read this book. My parents were pretty protective and wouldn't let my sister and I watch horror movies at all. My cousins who lived nearby grew up on them. They would give us grisly blow-by-blow recaps of every movie they watched. I scared myself much more imagining the movies than if I'd just watched them in the first place! I remember them talking about this one! I love this idea for a list!

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    1. Yay another 78 baby! I’ve never watched Freddie, Jason or any of their horrific pals, the one horror film I saw back in the late eighties stopped me sleeping for days!

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  20. I love your twist on the topic! Now I’m tempted to look up what book cover design was like when I was born. I’ll probably be depressed at how vintage it looks. :)

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I love some of the vintage looks, as long as I don’t think that I’m older than some of them!

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  21. I love this list and the covers are wonderful!

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  22. Love that you went retro on the covers. I remember the cover of Lord of the Rings from when I was in school.

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  23. OMG! My sister and I got ALL those Garfield books. I think they always had them at the book fair at school. Memories.

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  24. Pretty sure I read that edition of LOTR when borrowing my grandma's copy. :D Fond memories!

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  25. Marina tower & the sea, the sea’s cover are so pretty!

    Ah gosh amityville.. it was my first horror movie when I was a kid- my bestfriend laughed at me so much 😂😂🤦🏽‍♀️ I had a bowl of popcorn and just made it all go flying.. also refused to take baths for a while..

    Kristina @ books-and-dachshunds.com

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    1. I just can’t watch Amityville, I saw a small bit when I was younger and that was enough!

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  26. Great idea for the topic. When I first saw "Pride & Prejudice" there, I thought, oh, that's a lot older but then I got it, it was an edition from 1978. Looks like it. LOL. I remember that time well since I was already working and bought my own books etc. All the books looked like that back then.

    I really enjoyed your post.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

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    1. I remember books on my mums bookcase all looked like that, she had loads of Georgette Heyer with those damsel in distress covers!

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    2. I'm sure they did. Your mum is probably only a little older than me if you remember the books from then. And yes, "Damsels in Distress" was the main topic at the time. LOL

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  27. What a great idea! I love seeing the different covers. Looks like 1978 was a pretty good year for book covers. I do like the Pride and Prejudice and the PG Wodehouse is pretty great too.

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  28. That's a really weird book cover for The Stand!

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  29. Good vs Evil! I think that’s what it’s trying to do!

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  30. Oh what a fun choice! I was born a few years before you, and now I want to go look up the covers from my birth year. ;) While I do like how much covers have changed, there's something about the vintage look, too. :)

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