Never Judge A Book by It's Cover: I Do!

March 1, 2011

I haven't been able to get to my blog lately and I apologize for this. I hope to have a review for you in the near future, but I thought I would give you a little nugget to enjoy (hopefully )until then. Here are some of my thoughts on the cover art found on books:

We all know it's what's on the inside that is supposed to matter, not the outside. But let's face it, the outside packaging does factor in - a lot. I'm guilty of it, in spades, when it comes to choosing books. Especially when I read the classics. I'll be honest, the cover is a HUGE selling point for me. I'm not going to pick the book with the plain cover. I know it shouldn't matter, but, to me, it does.

In my opinion, book covers often set the mood for the book. If I'm reading a classic, I love the covers that are older paintings representative of the story. I think that's why I lean towards the Barnes & Noble classics, for the most part. If it's a fluffy fiction book, I am drawn to the covers that are bright, catchy, & fun. Sophie Kinsella books are great examples of this. And let's be honest, in the romance genre the cover is essential. When you want a book full of lust and sex, you're going to pick the one with the couple locked in a hot embrace. And the guy NEEDS to have a hot body, just like the girl needs to have a body I wish I had. Puny, plain, & boring will NOT do.

I'm one of those people who enjoys looking at book covers. The story inside, is most important, but it's almost like I bond with books when I like their covers. Thankfully, I don't think I'm the only one. Call me shallow, call me petty, but I love good artwork on books. What do you think on the book covers?


Leah on March 1, 2011 at 7:37 PM said...

I'm so happy to hear this confession! I'm the same way! And, as with you, I have certain expectations of book covers depending on the genre of books.
When I read books on management, leadership, and business (I'm a nerd) I refuse to pick up books that have too busy of a cover. Freakonomics? I've been dying to read it, but the cover is too complicated to be a good management book, right?
Jen, you are not alone :)

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on March 2, 2011 at 12:07 AM said...

Very good post! You're definitely not alone in this. Covers matter to me, too. Most of the time, I just want a good story, but it's hard to have a book in your hands if the cover's not appealing. I HAVE plastered pictures over covers I didn't like.:)

Jen on March 2, 2011 at 7:19 AM said...

Thanks, guys!! I've been debating putting up this post and I'm so glad I did. Hope all is well with you guys.

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