Top Ten Tuesday: Conversation Hearts on Book Covers

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

conversation heart candies. The messages printed on them include kiss, you rock, xoxo, hey babe, and a drawing of a pair of lips pursed up to kiss someone.As I mentioned on last year’s Valentine’s Day freebie post, I don’t actually celebrate this holiday.

I do, however, love conversation hearts, so this year’s freebie post will be all about covers that feature those delicious little candies.

If you’ve never eaten a conversation heart, they’re hard, sweet, and a little chalky. You can generally only buy them during the few weeks before Valentine’s Day.

Each one has a short, romantic message printed on it. They might say “love you,” or be mine,” or some other phrase like that.

It was interesting to me to see how many similarities there were on the covers in this list. Only a few of them broke the mould, and I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a mould for books with conversation hearts on their covers.

At the Drive-In Volcano by Aimee Nezhukumatathil book cover. Image on cover shows a broken conversation heart on a highway. The title is written in the heart.

1. At the Drive-In Volcano by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Life is More Than Candy Hearts by Lisa Bilbrey book cover. Image on cover shows candy hearts lying on a white table. Two of them are large and red.

2. Life is More Than Candy Hearts by Lisa Bilbrey

Five Little Candy Hearts by William Boniface book cover. Image on cover shows candy hearts on white platters as cartoon people stand around them.

3. Five Little Candy Hearts by William Boniface

True Love by Whitney Gaskell book cover. Image on cover shows three candy hearts, one of which is broken.

4. True Love by Whitney Gaskell

Will Shortz Presents I Love You, Sudoku!- 200 Sweet to Sinister Puzzles  by Will Shortz book cover. Image on cover is of dozens of candy hearts sitting on a red surface.

5.Will Shortz Presents I Love You, Sudoku!: 200 Sweet to Sinister Puzzles  by Will Shortz

The Hell with Love- Poems to Mend a Broken Heart by Mary D. Esselman book cover. Image on the cover shows four conversation hearts. Each one has one word of the title printed on it.

6. The Hell with Love: Poems to Mend a Broken Heart by Mary D. Esselman

Romantically Challenged by Beth Orsoff book cover. Image on cover shows stack of six conversation hearts. The seventh is facing the viewer and says "try again."

7. Romantically Challenged by Beth Orsoff

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan book cover. Image on cover shows three conversation hearts. Each heart has one word of the title printed on it.

8. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Thwonk by Joan Bauer book cover. Image on cover shows pink coversation heart with the word thwonk written on it.

9. Thwonk by Joan Bauer

The Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance book cover. Image on cover shows conversation hearts with arrows in them. An unbroken heart is standing next to them shrugging its shoulders

10. The Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance

129 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Conversation Hearts on Book Covers

  1. Fun post! I never knew there were so many books with conversation hearts on the cover! Valentine’s Day is definitely not my favorite holiday either, but I hope you have a wonderful day anyway!🥰

  2. Wow. I can’t believe you found so many books with some version of candy hearts on the cover. I haven’t eaten candy hearts for years but I think by-n-large they are ghastly. Ha! Thanks for visiting and checking out my titles that fit on a conversation heart candies!

  3. I absolutely love this topic! I love conversation hearts as well. My mom, sister and I bought them every year around this time and would eat them together talking about what each of our conversation hearts would say as we ate them. Great TTT!

  4. What a great take on this week. I had to hop over to Goodreads and check some of these out, like “Thwonk”. I never would have thought there would be so many covers with conversation hearts.

  5. Wow — what a cool topic choice. The only one of these I know is Boy Meets Boy, and I can only think of one other book off the top of my head with candy hearts (Lauren Conrad’s “Sweet Little Lies”). I especially love that you found a Joan Bauer to put on here, because I didn’t even know that one existed and it looks like a fun Valentine’s Day read.

  6. What a unique idea. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a book with candy hearts on the cover, but clearly there are tons. Now I want some candy hearts, I feel like it’s half-nostalgia, have really liking the taste.

  7. I like the pink, orange, and white candy conversation hearts, or at least I used to. Have tried to kick the candy habit, and only eat my real favorites on occasion now. I was like Steve Almond, who wrote Candyfreak — addicted to candy! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  8. What a lovely twist to the topic. I used to love those hearts. I’m not into celebrating Valentine’s Day, either, I don’t think it’s a big thing for many Europeans.

    My favourite of those books would probably be the Sudoku one. I love them. Especially the tough ones, my favourites are Killer Sudokus.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

  9. Wow!! I never knew there were so many covers with them!! Such a fun topic. I remember when they temporarily stopped making them a couple years ago. It was crazy!

  10. OH this is an interesting one, I’ve never gave a thought on how many books had conversation hearts on them!

    Thoses little heart candies are my favorite… and now you’ve left me craving them! Ahaha- definately need to get some before they’re gone again.

  11. Hahaha I love this type of candy but I never used them to write anything (just… yum! 😂)
    Interesting mix! I had no idea how many cover designs used this!
    Thank you for sharing!

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