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My Thoughts: Judging a Book by its Cover

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Combining my work experience, life lessons and observations into a fun new topic that pertains to the book community, MY THOUGHTS will be a monthly featured post on the first of every month.

Disclaimer: These are my thoughts, my open, honest and complete thoughts. Please do not take offense/judge me for stating my opinions.

 

We, as book lovers tend to judge a book by its cover. I know I do. It attracts my eyes by being pretty. The colours work well together, and the photograph is gorgeous, (mostly the pretty model on the cover where my girlish side starts to come out…i.e. THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass)

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While staring at the covers in the magazine section at the book store, a light bulb went off in my head. I found myself comparing book covers to magazine covers.

Magazines pull you in with a celebrity who have the power to get anyone to pick it up, but so do book covers..

The fab Epic Reads ladies Margot and Aubrie talked about this a little in one of their amazing #TeaTime episodes, (which one I can’t remember), and what they said is completely true. (And I’m just putting it in my own words, mind you.)

A pretty cover with a SO-SO story.

An ugly cover with an EPIC story.

Then I thought of how people judge each other. Most importantly, how they judge me, how it has completely affected MY LIFE.

Puberty was exceptionally difficult for me especially with all the bodily changes. As an adult, I look to the past and see how much I’ve grown. I’ve had low self-esteem as a kid and teen.

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One thing most people should know about me is, I despise being in the spotlight. (Seriously, I hate attention, it’s uncomfortable. I turn red and feel awkward.) I love smaller group settings with one-on-one chit chatter. (INTROVERT FOR LIFE! Except when I’m around book people I become an extrovert LOL)

Honestly, I’ve never considered myself to be attractive, or a “dime piece” that kids talk about these days, and as an adult woman, I have finally accepted my appearance.

 


The point of this entire post is..

Please don’t judge, just like a book cover.

 This one comment has plagued me all my life..

“You’re not as intimidating as you look.”

Well, yes I know. I could have told you so! LOL I’m just me, just Giselle.

I LOVE TWITTER because people finally can listen to what I have to say instead of being scared to look me in the eye. (True story!)

When someone finally gets to know the real me (which is pretty much an all around-nerd), I can finally breathe a sigh of relief. They’ve accepted my “cover” and in doing so I have made a new friend.

We shouldn’t judge a person’s “cover” (appearance) until we’ve read their “story” (personality)..

 


Book Nerd asks…

  • Do you tend to judge books based on their appearance? If so, why?

  • What happens after reading this “pretty” book?

  • Do you think twice now before reading a “pretty” looking cover?

  • Did you ever pick up a cover that’s not “pretty” and loved the story inside? Which book was it? (Title and author name will do, I’d love to check it out)

 

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  • Agree to disagree and healthy debates will commence!

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32 Comments

  1. Bobby Karmakar

    March 8, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    1. Always judging books by the cover but I try to not let that get to me. Sometimes, if the cover doesn’t look appealing to me, I’ll look anyways because I may just LOVE the book! My main reason to judge was because if it weren’t pretty or appealing to me, the story wouldn’t be either. I’m still fighting to not judge books by the cover.
    2. After reading pretty book, sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. Sometimes I won’t even buy or read it because the cover is not only so pretty, but before I said I’ll buy it, I’ll read the synopsis and preview it before investing in it.
    3. Yeah I do, now that I’m especially older haha.
    4. I wasn’t so keen on Stephen King’s Revival but he and everyone say it’s his scariest yet. I wasn’t scared but it was AMAZING! I LOVED IT! The scary part everyone’s referring to? I didn’t get scared. It was the end too, which everyone was saying. I love the cover to Mr.Mercedes but I’ve been kind of skeptical to read it but would like to soon before the sequel comes out. The covers are so pretty! My favourite Jodi Picoult novel is The Pact and I found that cover to be very misleading. The subtitle is ‘a love story’ and thought it would be about a divorce. Little did I know from not reading the synopsis, it was about teen suicide. The people on the cover look like adults and not even near the ages of 16-18. Some of Picoult’s backlist is also being redesigned and reissued in mass market paperbound editions and each cover I do not like. It’s the same theme of a girl or woman and she’s either facing her back or cornered to the right and she looks sad. One of them, Sing You Home, is the one I can’t stand the most as that was my first book of Picoult’s that I read, loved it, and the new cover makes the character look weak to me. I don’t want to read a book where the character on the cover looks like she can’t stand up for herself. I want her to be strong, and having read the book, I think she is! I also wasn’t a fan of Anne Rice’s cover for The Wolf Gift but got it anyways since I met her when she was on tour for it and as much as I loved the story when I read it, everyone told me the cover is so beautiful. Now I adore the cover because the story is my favourite of hers. To Kill A Mockingbird and The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, were both for school but I ended up loving them very much. Gone Girl was a confusing cover to me but once I saw the movie trailer, I read it and loved it! I didn’t like the hardcover of The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks but bought it because I got it at a library book sale for $2! I love the book and I got it signed when I met him. Double score! Also I read The Outsiders in school and as much as I hated that cover, the story was amazing too!

  2. Ashfa

    May 15, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    I fall a lot for pretty cover to and live to regret it most of the time. It’s a difficult habit to break.

  3. Alicia Batista

    April 19, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I’m a sucker for pretty covers too. I always judge a book by it’s cover and sometimes that takes me to some really bad books!

  4. Amber Hsu

    April 19, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    I’m a sucker for pretty covers… but I think it really depends. If I’ve read a bunch of really good reviews about a book, or had a lot of recommendations for it, I’d probably read it. I think the biggest factor that drives me to read a book would be the plot and what a story is actually about. But with my logic, I think that if a book has a really pretty/good cover, it means that it’s probably from a bigger publishing company, which to me, also means that the book would be more likely to be a better book (because if it wasn’t, they wouldn’t be published). I think that it’s just my personal opinion though… but there are always exceptions~ 🙂

  5. Paige

    April 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    I tend to judge a book by it’s cover more than I should haha

  6. Kristen

    April 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Yes and no. This is a good question because my husband is almost to the point of trying to publish his first novel so I’ve started looking into the process of self-publishing if we have to. And part of that is designing a book cover for the ebook. So I’ve actually spent some time thinking about this myself.

    Yes, I do judge a book by its cover. I know we’re all told when we little to never judge a book by its cover. But really, we’re all tuned to what attracts us whether that is the opposite sex, a book cover, house design, etc. I don’t think I know anyone who would say that they flat out don’t care about appearances. It’s one of those initial responses to everything. You have a few seconds for a first impression, and that is one of the first things. So yes, I judge a book based on the cover. But it doesn’t have to be gorgeous like The Selection. But it does usually catch my eye. And then I’ll read the Title and blurb summary to determine if it sounds like something I’d like.

    But at the same time, I use goodreads and other websites to see other people’s reviews of books. And if they’re raving about a book that doesn’t have a pretty cover, well, I’m not going to NOT read it just because the cover doesn’t catch my eye. I’ll again read the summary blurb and determine if it’s something I’ll like. Usually when my friends on goodreads love it, I’ll love it too.

    But there are just soo many books out there, especialyl when I go on to amazon and search through the free ebooks, that I obviously do not have the time to sit and read every single summary blurb for every single book. I have too many other things to do. So I scroll through and find ones with either Titles or covers that are appealing and then I will spend a little time discovering if it’s something I’d like.

    But just because the cover didn’t catch MY eye, doesn’t mean it won’t catch someone else’s. This goes back to what I said at the beginning about everyone having their own taste and intinial responses to everything. Not every one has the same taste.

  7. Darith L.

    March 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Wow, such thoughtful input in the “Judging a Book by Its Cover” discussion. I feel the same. We shouldn’t judge a book solely on its pretty exterior. A cover can attract the eyes, but it is the story behind it that truly reveals its beauty.

    I have to say I am a victim of Pretty Covers! They are one of the reasons why I want to own a book. But I mostly read the synopsis first before I buy a book.

  8. Holly Letson

    February 24, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    First off, I think you do look pretty in your teen picture, so don’t worry about any idiotic thing someone said to bring you down.
    Secondly, I think we all judge books by their covers. Ironically, that stretches on to everything else we purchase as well, especially other types of media like CDs and DVDs as well. I’d like to be able to say that it happens less now that a big part of media is going digital where we read/watch online, or download it, but I feel I’d be wrong if I did.
    Everyone wants the things they choose as entertainment to be an escape from their everyday life, and if they see that the person on the book cover is extraordinarily beautiful or read that they are pursing a career the person wishes they could be lucky enough to, it will surely catch their interest. Same with CDs and DVDs. We–as human–eat glitz and glamour up like candy.
    I do actually prefer to read the back of the book personally before I purchase a book or check it out from the library. I think we get a little pickier as we get older.
    Yes, I have read lots of books that had only so-so (and not amazing!) covers that housed wonderful stories within their covers. Try the *Sweet Dreams* YA-romance series from the 80s…. all the covers were normal stock photos of random models, but some of the stories were really good.
    Thanks for making us all think.

  9. Jaime Lester

    February 22, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    At 30, I am STILL self-conscience around groups of people. I tend to stay back, and not join in conversations. When I try, I tend to get talked over. I am trying to get over it, but it is hard after so many years. The one thing I don’t worry about so much now is being judged by my appearance. Being happily married to an amazing man who loves me completely has helped with that so much. As far as book covers go, I have gotten a lot better about letting a books cover sway my opinion on it. I have read so many books now that have had not so great covers but absolutely beautiful stories. And quite the opposite. So, while I still tend to judge a cover, I do it based solely on the cover. I don’t let it change my view of a book, or make my decision on whether or not to read it. I love this new post by the way, and I am looking forward to the next one!

  10. Alyssa Susanna

    February 21, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    I, um, totally judge books by its cover. But I really don’t like The Selection’s cover, and didn’t really like the story (it was okay actually, but I don’t like the love triangle).

    I judge books by the cover, and then the synopsis, and then the first few paragraphs (to get a feel of the writing style).

    I think it’s not a good thing to judge a book by its cover (as there are horrible covers with great stories, and vice versa). But, it’s a difficult habit to break. And the covers these days are amazing! 😀

    Great post! I love that you are discussing difficult topics in reading 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  11. Chantelle Ip

    February 14, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I like the topic you’ve decided to explore, however, I do think judging a book by it’s cover can be valid. I mean the cover tells us a lot, about the genre, about the publisher, about the target audience. Usually if it’s a really pretty cover, it’s an updated edition meaning that the story has been well recepted and they’re releasing it to a broader audience and so have shot a new cover accordingly. Take for example the old and the new Hunger Games covers; the old cover was hideous but the new cover was very simple and eye catching. Yes the story hadn’t changed, but for readers who don’t have time to read every single story out there (ie. EVERYONE), the new cover says hey this book is trending with a lot of people.

  12. SweetMarie83

    February 5, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I’ll admit I’m one of those people who tends to judge a book by its cover. I don’t usually read the synopsis of a book, I just go by what grabs my attention – if the title is interesting or the cover attracts me, I’ll pick it up. It’s worked for me so far. That’s not to say I won’t read a book with a not-so-pretty cover, they just don’t grab my attention as quickly – I usually read those ones if someone has recommended it or it’s getting a lot of good reviews. As for people, I’ve learned not to judge based on appearance. I’m just like you – very shy, I’ve had issues with self-esteem, and I know how much it hurts to be judged. Then there’s someone like my brother, who’s kind of tough looking with a bunch of tattoos and stuff, but he’s THE sweetest, most gentle person ever, which proves that appearances can be deceiving. I’ve learned that more and more as I get older, and people who take the time learn that about me – some people have told me they thought I was bitchy because I’m so quiet and withdrawn, but then they realize it’s just because I’m shy and get uncomfortable around new people.

  13. vampirella!

    February 2, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Giselle, I loved reading these words.

    It’s true that we judge books (and people) by their cover (appreance) most of the time, and sometimes we do not even realise it! It’s mostly automatic.

    Yet, we lose greatness, when we do not look between the lines, learn the whole story, get to know the real person/soul.

    Vampirella (Your Turkish blogger friend.)

    • Giselle

      February 3, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      Thank you so much Vampirella for agreeing..It’s so very true and it shouldn’t be but it is

  14. AD Starrling

    February 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    For unknown authors, the cover will always be the first thing that grabs my attention. I will then make the decision to purchase/borrow based on the blurb. I usually flick through the first few pages as well to see if I like the writing style of the author. So, in a sense, I’m checking out personality 🙂

    For authors I know and love, the cover doesn’t matter at all. I will buy and read the book anyway.

    Generally speaking though, a good cover stands out from the crowd and gives a positive first impression. I think that’s just a basic human reaction to our most powerful sense, sight. But it does not guarantee a great story/personality.

    Example of a ‘not pretty’ cover with a captivating story: The Passage by Justin Cronin. I don’t think the cover is ‘pretty’. But the title and the blurb were powerful enough to get me to buy it. It’s a wonderful story and I recently purchased the second book ‘The Twelve’, which has a slightly ‘prettier’ cover 🙂

    • Giselle

      February 3, 2013 at 1:42 AM

      Ooh that’s a good idea AD!

      For me, I’ll pick up a book regardless of the cover, only to read the blurb and read it if it sounds like I’d like it.

      That’s very true too. The authors that are consistently in tune with the way I think and feel, they’re the ones I keep buying from and supporting.

      I kind of wish it wasn’t our most “basic human reaction” to like things that are “pretty.”

      I guess what I wanted to prove in this post was that we really shouldn’t judge by a cover alone, and that more people will stop and pick up a book that doesn’t hold your attention right away. Pick up the not-so-pretty covers..

  15. Nazish @ Nazish Reads

    February 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I don’t always judge a book by it’s cover because sometimes the cover has nothing to do with the story, but sometimes I just can’t help it, what I especially look at is the typography for the title, then I look at the whole cover.

    I’ve learned that books with pretty covers usually don’t have an enjoyable story, at least not the kind that I would enjoy, for ex: in December 2011 I saw the cover of Everneath by Brodi Ashton and I wanted to read that book so badly because the cover was gorgeous and the story sounded interesting, but when I bought and read it last year, I realized that I shouldn’t have been so hasty, because the story was pretty boring and I just didn’t care about any of the characters since they felt 2D to me. That experience made me learn my lesson: don’t get too excited by pretty covers.

    These days, I’m not really looking for pretty cover books, although I really really want to buy Mind Games even if I might not like the story, because the colours on the cover are just so pretty. One book I remember that I loved so much is Conder by Marissa Meyer, when I first saw the cover and synopsis, I made up my mind not to read it because the cover scared me and the story didn’t sound like my kind of book, but after being recommended the book so many times, I finally decided to borrow it from the library and try it, and I loved it. That made me wish that I bought Cinder instead of Everneath, because I will never be reading Everneath again. There are more books too, but I can’t remember their names right now.

    I’m the same: I don’t like being in the spotlight either, I get so awkward that even if I prepared what I’m going to say, I end up forgetting it because I’m so nervous. I’d rather talk to a small group of people, and if we’re talking about my favourite things like books and anime, then I won’t be able to stop talking.
    Reminds me of when I was in elementary school and high school, and people would always ask me “why don’t you talk?” i always either said “because I don’t feel like it” or “because I have nothing to say”. It made me so angry sometimes that I just wanted to yell at somebody, I mean, just because I’m not talking at the moment, doesn’t mean that I have to, since most of the time they would talk about stuff that I wasn’t interested in and I just couldn’t get into it, like make up. I do put some make up on like lip gloss and nail polish, but I’m not crazy about it like many girls are.

    • Giselle

      February 3, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      I completely understand your logic Nazish..I’m always drawn to the cover with the bright colours and the gorgeous typography and it’s even more crazy b/c I love pretty things that are designed well.

      “I’ve learned that books with pretty covers usually don’t have an enjoyable story, at least not the kind that I would enjoy, for ex: in December 2011 I saw the cover of Everneath by Brodi Ashton and I wanted to read that book so badly because the cover was gorgeous and the story sounded interesting, but when I bought and read it last year, I realized that I shouldn’t have been so hasty, because the story was pretty boring and I just didn’t care about any of the characters since they felt 2D to me. That experience made me learn my lesson: don’t get too excited by pretty covers.” <---YES I did the EXACT same thing. That was one lesson where I realized I shouldn't be buying/grabbing books just for the cover. The story was so flat! I was bored and it didn't make a lot of sense. I believe I gave it a 3/5 as well. *sighs* I can honestly understand how you're hesitant to pick up any book now considering you learned your lesson. It's hard to not give in to all the recommendations isn't it? I rather enjoyed Marissa's take on Cinderella and was aptly surprised as well. Whoo hoo another introvert 🙂 YAY! I completely understand..Everyone used to think I was such a mute, and it was only because I never had anything nice to say. I never fit in at school AT ALL..I always felt left out or "different." And when you feel different in high school you hide it from everyone so you won't get bullied. I'm definitely not crazy about makeup either..Or clothes. Just enough to make me look nice..Now books on the other hand..well.. you know it's the best addiction in the world!

  16. melissa

    February 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    I definitely do not judge books by their covers…but I won’t deny that I am attracted to books based upon their covers and that might make me read a blurb I might otherwise have missed. I read all books though based upon either the blurb calling my name or a recommendation…I care not for the cover pretty or otherwise when it comes to selecting books to read.

    I may enjoy having a pretty cover on my shelf but only if the content lives up to that cover. And I would never read a book that didn’t appeal to me just because I loved the cover!

    • Giselle

      February 8, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      YAY! Thank you Melissa for not judging a book by its cover..I think it’s natural for anyone to be attracted to something pretty. Especially if it’s a book cover.

  17. Mandi (Bookshelf Haul)

    February 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    I did make my own blog than using a comment as you might go check it out:

    http://bookshelfhaul.blogspot.ca/2013/02/my-thoughts-by-booknerd-idea.html

    • Giselle

      February 6, 2013 at 1:42 AM

      Definitely checking it out Mandi!

  18. Ashley

    February 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    I honestly always judge a book by its cover because that’s the first thing I see. When I’m looking for new books, I look at the cover. If it’s pretty, then I read the blurb. I just can’t help it.

    The only time I will read a book with a not-so-great cover is if multiple people recommend it to me. This was the case with Legend by Marie Lu. I didn’t like the cover. I thought it was uninteresting and a little juvenile. But SO many bloggers recommended it over and over again, that I finally gave it a try. And I loved it!

    But that hasn’t really made me change my ways. I think the problem is that there are so many books out there… how can I read the blurbs for all of them? I can’t. It’s just not realistic. I can’t read the blurb for every single book that pops up in my Goodreads feed. I don’t have time for that. So I use book covers as a filter. Does the cover look awesome? THEN I take the time to read the blurb.

    Maybe it’s shallow, but book covers are first impressions, and as bloggers who read tens or hundreds of books a year, we do need a way to narrow down the books we consider. For me, it’s book covers.

    • Giselle

      February 6, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      I agree with you there Ashley..I do tend to judge a book by its cover.. We really can’t help it.

      I’m so glad that you gave Legend another try..It was such a wonderful read, and I’m so glad it changed your thinking on it.

      GREAT point on the fact that you don’t have time to read the descriptions..this is why word of mouth is the best book seller ever. Oh and those little blurbs on the books help too.

      I’m definitely being open and reading books that have ugly covers..And I have found some wonderful gems already!

  19. Zino

    February 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    The pretty covers are very eye catching but I always judge a book based on its blurb. So pretty covers make me want to read the blurb and to decide if I want to read the blurb.
    I’ve never read a book without reading the blurb, because looks can be deceiving, although not always in a bad way 🙂
    I have read some great books with covers I didn’t like, for example “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” by David Levithan & John Green. Disliked the cover, liked the blurb and loved the story.
    And by the way Giselle, you were an adorable baby 🙂

    • Giselle

      February 20, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      “I always judge a book based on its blurb.”

      YESSS! That’s the way to go! Judging by its blurb is so much better than the cover. OH GOSH, may I use your quote? I can make a pretty graphic out of it for the “goodies” section 😀

      haha thanks Zino!

  20. Francis C.

    February 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Books with pretty covers always catches my attention, they were really made for that, and I admit I judge a book by its cover sometimes by its title but that doesn’t mean If it has a pretty cover I’ll die to have it or put it on my TBR on Goodreads, I always read the synopsis, If I was on a bookstore with bargain books and I saw this book with not-so-pretty cover but with good synopsis I always take a picture of it and search it on Goodreads if the readers enjoy it or not. I don’t want to get disappoint and much more I don’t want to regret about the money I will spent.

    So, The Giver (for me) is a great example of a not-so-petty cover with a good story. At first I always ignore it, I always says like why this book is so famous despite of its cover,
    it has this old man with a torn effect at the bottom and revealing woods at its back, its rubbish (sorry for the term). But when I saw it on our library I can’t imagine on how excited I am. Then I read it, and realize the cover makes sense, I feel the sadness of the old man on the cover, It’s the meaningful cover ever.

    • Giselle

      February 20, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Ohhh I do the same..I use my GoodReads app to see if the rating is good enough for me to buy, then I’ll decide right there if I’ll buy it or not.

      The Giver is a perfect example of a GREAT story with a not-so-pretty cover. LOVED that you used that as an example and I really love the story as well. One of my favourites.

  21. Kate @ The Bookaholic Blurbs

    February 1, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    I sometimes tend to purchase books by how pretty the cover is. Examples are Crewel and Incarnate (I love Jodi BTW). I was so excited to read these titles w/o even checking the synopsis or researching thoroughly and ended up being disappointed. I didn’t quite like the novels and it didn’t feel right gushing over gorgeous covers and regretting after reading them.

    Its the same thing I felt after reading Tuesdays with Morrie. The cover is very bland and not eye-catching and it took me time to read it thinking the story might suck big time. But suprisingly, it was good and it is actually one of my all time fave stories ever.

    I guess, we cannot stop swooning over what pleases the eye but well, I just learned to quickly research about novels first no matter what the cover may look like.

  22. Haraiah

    February 1, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    Frankly, no. I don’t tend to judge books by their cover. I can say though that I AM attracted to pretty covers because isn’t that why they make it gorgeous? To catch the attention of readers in the first place? To lure them into reading it? And after reading what is inside, no matter if I liked it or not, the cover is long forgotten. All I care about now is what’s inside.

    When a pretty cover catches my attention, I go directly to the book’s synopsis and that’s where I really decide if I want to read it. Sometimes I can be mistaken, though. There are synopsis that’s like “meh” then I’d set it aside for a while not knowing I’m missing something so good.

    Okay, I can’t say that Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley has an ugly cover. But the original one is pretty simple. Just a can of yellow spray paint with black background and that’s it. So at first look, it probably won’t catch much attention. I read it just a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved the book.

    PS I hate being the center of attention, too. And I completely agree, very uncomfortable. I turn red, too. Although I handle crowds pretty well if it comes to that “spotlight” moment. I hang out with a lot of people but still, I can’t help the nerves even if it is only inside. You don’t know how much breath I let out everytime the attention is averted. My friends tease me because I tell them not to if they look at me too long. And because I told them no, they look at me longer.

    Woah! That’s pretty long. But you picked a great topic for discussion so.. 🙂

  23. Ardo (A. A. Omer)

    February 1, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Most of the time I do judge a book by it’s cover because there are literally MILLIONS of the them out there and it’s a way for us to pick them up and read their synopsis to determine if they’re worth a read.

    I do, however, believe that one book cover my attract a bunch of people while putting off another and vice versa. It’s all individual taste at the end of the day. I know that The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger didn’t have that great of a cover but I loved the story. I also didn’t like the cover re-design of the Delirium series because it looked too much like a magazine cover.

  24. Sophia Rose

    February 1, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Good question and I don’t have a cut and dry answer. I do and I don’t. I do love a beautiful cover, but truthfully I am caught more by the title and the blurb. I can appreciate a beautiful cover without having the slightest interest in reading the book. I’m not an impulsive person so I tend to check out everything about a book before deciding to read it. All that can be said for how I feel about people too I guess.

    Thanks for the discussion question.

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