GRAPHIC [those books I judged by the cover]

28 July 2014



Covers, whether we admit it or not, are one of the main factors affecting our purchase of a book, if we see an unappealing book in a library and you've never ever heard of it before, will you pick it up? If you do then it's out of curiosity, not attraction. Pretty and unique covers attract readers. Yes, it's not one of the only things that makes you pick a book up, there's the blurb, the title, whether you've heard of it before - there are many things. Here are a few books I have started reading without really knowing anything about the book [other than what the blurb has told me] because the cover piqued my interest.
NOTE: not all of these books I have bought, two were review books and only one I bought. But the idea is the same - I ended up owning them. Why? Because of the cover.
THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL by Soman Chainani
When I was first offered this to review, I had never heard of it before, So I inspected the cover, read the blurb on Goodreads, and accepted it. Not because I was completely enamored with the story-line, there was nothing wrong with it, but it wasn't amazing. Just - the cover.
THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray
I still haven't read this book, but when I bought it: the cover attracted me. I had a book voucher in my hand, I was stood in Waterstones, I had heard some good things about this book; but what made me buy it was the cover [let's hope I'm not disappointed by it.]
OH YEAH, AUDREY by Tucker Shaw
I was disappointed by this book. It fell flat for me, I felt there wasn't enough depth in the characters and the plot for me to really connect with it; and this was another cover buy request. 100%. I literally knew nothing about this book but I flew head over heels for the cover, and that was my downfall. [HEH, get it?]. Sometimes, pretty covers aren't always a good thing. Because they can hide an *ugly* inside and that is worse. Because I horde pretty covers; so even if I disliked the story, I will keep it on my bookshelf BECAUSE THAT COVER I CAN'T RELINQUISH IT.
What books have you read based on the cover? Did you enjoy them?

16 comments:

  1. YAY I LIKE THIS POST AND the bit where you said 'pretty covers aren't always a good thing (..) they can hide an ugly inside' that sounded like a metaphor and I like it and you are John Green and yes bye

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    1. GOOD and heck yes, this is why we're friends. I AM THE FEMALE JOHN GREEN. Beat that suckers.

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    2. YAAAAS AND THANKS AND HECK YES, this is why we're friends. I'm the female John Green. Beat that suckers.

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  2. I do love ALL of these covers- they are gorgeous! I have only read The Diviners, and... well... It was two stars...I really hope when you do read it that you enjoy it loads more than I do- I wanted to love it SO badly!! Rita xx

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    1. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT. Why? :(((((((( I hope I do too!
      P.S I like your icon :)

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  3. I get what you mean, I am such a sucker for good looking covers and then I read the story and i'm like well that was awful. But at the same time no matter how bad the story I love having them on my self. Lovely post.

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    1. Yeah, it's a huge problem because then i have no space for books I actually did love because all the pretty covers are clogging my shelf :/

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  4. YOU ARE VERY RIGHT. I recently bought several books based entirely on cover - By Light Alone by Adam Roberts, The Trembling of a Leaf by W Somerset Maugham and Gone to the Forest by Katie Kitamura. I'd never heard of any of them, but cover plus title equalled I WANTED THEM. I'm yet to read any of them .... please don't let me be disappointed!!!

    The Bloodstone by Jamila Gavin is an amazing book that I picked up purely based on the cover, and also its adorable unusual small square size. So cover-impulses sometimes do produce the goods!

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    1. I AM GLAD YOU APPROVE. i have actually never heard of them either but you say the covers are pretty? *looks them up on GR* I have not read The Bloodstone either but now...STOP GIVING ME MORE BOOKS TO ADD TO MY TBR EMILY.

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  5. PWETTY GRAPHIC. I'm jealous of your skills, no fair. Haven't read The Diviners, but hear it's awesome, so hope you enjoy it, let me know. Might buy it, because the cover is gorgeous! When I have the monnies haaha. Shame about Oh Yeah Audrey :( I was thinking of requesting/buying it because it looks fun but I won't now.

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    1. THANK YOU. Haha what skills? I hear that too so I'm excited to read it and I shall let you know what i think. Awwh same, I was really excited about it and then meh. you might like it though?

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  6. I completely understand! I have at least ten books on my bookshelf that I'm avoiding reading because I don't like the covers...

    Amy // The Blog Hermit

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  7. I read almost all my books based on cover love. x) Unless I get, like, unsolicited ARCs or something and then I read them base on they-are-in-my-bookshelf-needing-a-review. I hardly ever read blurbs. I KNOW THAT'S BAD. I just get the vague idea from people's reviews and then like the cover and the genre. x) And the author. If I recognise the author from promos or previous books, I'm more likely to be keen on the book too. I LOVE that cover of The Diviners!

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    1. Same here *sigh*. And yes, or if it's a series with an ugly cover [NOOO] or as you said, a book from an author I love. YOU ONLY JUDGE BY COVERS? I've never heard of that before..;) i always read the blurb and judge a book by that, the author and the cover..:)

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  8. Covers are a huge deal for me but that's only when it comes to requesting ARCs, since it's all I can rely on (I don't read blurbs). When it comes to buying though, I only buy books I'm really interested in reading, no matter how ugly or gorgeous the cover is. I once broke this rule by buying a book with a cover that spoke to my soul, only to find out my soul was drunk and I have to suffer from a horrible instalove and insipid characters. Yikes! I have THE DIVINERS with the US cover and I've yet to read it too. Guess, we'll both find out if the cover is as good as the story inside. ;)

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