“Never judge a book by its’ cover”? Psht, yeah. Like I’ve actually listened to that. When it comes to books, anyway. As I mentioned in the other half of my covers edition, the cover attracts me to the book. If you can’t attract me at first glance, then I’m not going to bother checking the synopsis. Shallow, yeah, but I’m not perfect. Just close to it.
Sometimes the cover is intriguing. Not exactly pretty, but something about it is catching the eye. So I may have picked them up, liked the synopsis, and then kept the book. Sometimes an intriguing cover can let you down, though, so be careful!
- If I had gone on the cover alone, I might never have picked up Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle, I’m going to be honest. The covers are not bad? But they’re certainly not gorgeous either. But combined with the synopsis and the fact that I had read some of Maggie’s other novels, they were intriguing enough for me to pick up. This reminds me, I still have to read the last book…
- As much as I love The Illuminae Files now, if I had gone on the cover (and the premise!) alone, I might have simply borrowed it from the library instead of buying it for myself. But, look, I adore Amie Kaufman, and add that to the fact that EVERYBODY was raving about the books, and now I am eagerly waiting for the day I can buy the final book in the trilogy.
- I waffled on adding this to the list. The covers I have for Penryn & The End Of Days by Susan Ee are actually quite attractive. But the initial covers I had seen online? Not so much. Plus I thought I had outgrown the whole forbidden love aspect of things, but apparently not! – I also need to finish this series. Wow, I do that a lot.
- Lili St. Crow’s A Tale Of Beauty And Madness series is a trilogy of fairytale retellings. The covers are pretty enough, but mostly I picked them up because a) fairytale retellings are my weakness, and b) did I mention fairytale retellings?
- I got The Gemma Doyle Trilogy – Libba Bray’s entire trilogy – for NZD$14 dollars, I think. They were on sale. They came highly recommended. (Thanks, Alex! THE PAIN WAS WORTH IT!) THEY WERE ON SALE! But the covers? Are um, well, they could be better.
I don’t regret any of these buys, of course. In the end, they came with tales that were engaging and fun, and even if down the line, I find I’ve outgrown these stories, at the time of my reading, they were wonderful. But I’m going to admit, none of these are covers that would be my first choice for display on my shelves.
What about you, any covers you hide behind other prettier ones, even if you love the story within the pages? Any book you passed over because the cover just wasn’t pretty enough?