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.
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.
- 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.
- 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?