Discussion Post,  Instant To-Read

instant to-read; the covers edition

bookworm things

I have never understood the phrase “Never judge a book by its’ cover”. I mean, sure, metaphorically, yeah. The prettiest person can hide the ugliest of souls and hearts. But when it comes to actual books? Sue me, I’m a shallow person. I’m going to pick up the pretty books.*

*I literally pick them up off the shelf. Then I read the synopsis and make a decision. But the cover is the initial attraction, so I stand by my point.

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There have been a number of books over the years that I have read, or put on my TBR, just because of their cover. Some of them have been great. Some of them could have been better.

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  • I have talked EXTENSIVELY about how much I adore the covers for The Starbound Trilogy. I actually picked up the first book because of the cover alone! At the time, I thought the synopsis was alright but nothing to really write home about. Boy, was I glad to be wrong!
  • While I haven’t completed the rest of Claudia Gray’s Firebird series, I adored A Thousand Pieces Of You. It was not my usual cup of tea, but the cover was too pretty to resist. It turned out, not my usual cup of tea was exactly what I needed.

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  • Claudia Gray has become one of my favourite authors. And her books tend to have such pretty covers? There is a beauty in the simplicity of the covers of the Spellcaster series that belies the beauty of the story.
  • Look, I can’t even talk about how much I love the cover of Entwined. There is just something magical about it and I regret nothing about picking it up.
  • Same with Vessel, honestly. The story was different from what I expected, but well-worth my picking it up.

I am not the only one to think having pretty books on my shelves are worth it, right? Obviously I prioritise good stories with pretty covers, emphasis on the good stories, but still. My bookshelves deserve to be pretty.

What are the prettiest book covers you own? Have you ever picked up a book just because of the cover alone?

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I’m Aradhna, a 25 year old who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. Recently graduated with a degree in Communications and currently completed a Masters course in Creative Writing (Screenwriting), this blog is a chronicle of all things to do with my Masters project, as well as other general geekiness. I get distracted and sidetracked easily.


  • Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader

    I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book because of its cover, but I can be inclined to read one because of it! I absolutely love the covers of the Starbound trilogy! I own them in hardcover, and THEY ARE SO PRETTY ON MY BOOKSHELF. 😍 I still haven’t finish it as well, though. 😂 I should get onto that.

    • Ara

      I do take into account the synopsis, but the cover usually is what catches my eye first? Lol. OH MAN FINISH IT!!! Then I can scream about it at you. Lol.

  • Olivia-Savannah

    I am exactly like you! First what I do is pick it upk because of the cover or the spine, and then I end up checking the synopsis afterward. The Firebird trilogy is one I fell in love with the author first (I’d read more books by her beforehand) but that cover is gorgeous! And I’ve read the first two in the trilogy and they are SO GOOD. Hope you enjoy them whenever you read them!

    My recent post: http://oliviascatastrophe.com/2018/01/cathadeus-book-review-giveaway/

    • Ara

      I love Claudia Gray so much too! I have the whole Firebird trilogy on my shelf but I have yet to read it.

      It’s so great to know I’m not alone. <3

  • Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    Sadly, I own mostly e-books, so covers are less noticeable on the books themselves, but I do agree that ugly covers are a nono. I’ve read a few REALLY GOOD self-pubs, and they had icky covers, and I was just feeling so sad for them – because they probably wouldn’t get picked up, although the contents were incredible!

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