Monday, May 27, 2013

Coffee Shop Talks: Do you judge a book by its cover?






I generally do not judge a book by its cover, although pretty covers do tend to pique my interest.  If I judged a book by its cover, I would have never picked up my first Kresley Cole book, A Hunger Like No Other, and that would be a travesty!  And you especially shouldn't judge the cover of an independent author's book - some author's just don't have the means to  create a big publishing house-style cover.  Here are a couple of covers that I didn't particularly like, but I loved the books!


The cover for A Hunger Like No Other is not one of the best I've seen!  Seriously - every time I look at "Lachlain's" hands...ewwwww!  Gross!  Eternal Kiss of Darkness, in my opinion, is also terrible.  Mencheres is one of my favorite of Frost's vampire boys, yet looks creepy and not nearly as hot as I imagined on the book's cover.


Now, there are books with covers that I loved, as well as loved the actual story.  Here are a few examples of covers I like that had great stories to match.




I am a huge fan of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, and the cover for Shadowfever fit the story and the series perfectly.  Kim Harrison's Ever After, in my opinion, was one of the best for her Rachel Morgan series.  And really, any cover for a Cassandra Clare book is a winner.  I could have used any of the covers from The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices interchangeably.











        

16 comments:

Bianca said...

I am guilty of judging a book by its cover. Pretty ones always catch my attention and make me want to read the summary which leadsme to buying it or not. If I don't like the cover I am less likely to see what it is about unless I had heard about it somewhere else. It really is a bad habit. Who knows what people can miss out on when doing this. No matter the cover a story can still be great or horrible. The covers just help me narrow done the 1,000+ books I want to read.

Traci Horton said...

I'm the same way, I don't judge by the cover but they do catch my eye. When I was going through checking out covers to answer this week's question all the covers you picked jumped out to me for the same reasons even though they weren't the ones I ultimately went with.

Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

Stephanie Robertson said...

I definitely prefer a beautiful eye-catching cover, but I try really hard not to judge a book by a cover....

Totally agree about the Frost and Cole covers being - to be blunt - awful!!! They don't give the books justice at all (enjoyed both quite a bit). I think the one series that tought me NOT to judge a book by its cover is the US Covers for Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series... By far one of my favourite series, by far some of the worst 80s style cheesy-poof covers ever... yikes!!!! That being said, if the cover doesn't entice me, and the blurb isn't great on top of it... It may take some convincing for me to crack open that book!!!

Beth W said...

Back when I still bought books (I'm on a book-buying hold, indefinitely), I picked up books by the cover alone...but I only bought them if the cover was intriguing AND the back blurb was intriguing. That said, I've read amazing books with meh covers, and poorly written books with amazing covers. So, of course, it's a completely inaccurate way to go about picking books. (but on the other hand.....pretty things!)

Sharonda SexxyBlogger said...

I try not too, but sometimes its hard. And like you, pretty covers to draw me in. It crazy when you pick up a book with a pretty cover & it sucks rocks and then the book with the ugly cover is probably one of the best ones of the year...

it just a win...loose situation sometimes. Great question!

Michelle @ Much Loved Books said...

I am so guilty about judging books by their covers. Some books I loved yet didn't particularly like the cover, for example The Selection has a far too girly cover for me, and Amy and Rogers Epic Detour is pink!!!, yet I loved both of these book and would not have picked them out in the shop myself.
On the other side, I love the cover for Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev yet I didn't like the book as much as the previous one.

Megan @Reading Books Like a Boss said...

Admittedly, yes, I do. However, there have been some amazing books that have less than stellar covers. The first few Experiment in Terror series (by Karina Halle) books have meh covers, but that series is PHENOMENAL! They're not my favorite covers, but that series is my favorite series. Maybe I should stop judging.

Ning said...

I so judge a book by its cover, but it's only started since I began blogging and I started hearing all about the new books. Back then, I didn't really care. Otherwise, like you said, I never would've started Kresley Cole's IAD series and that would be a travesty!

Arely ZPerez said...

Yes, I do. Covers are such an important part of a book, and if there's a bad one I'm not likely to pick it up. There was one that I remember that the blurb made the book seem interesting, but the cover just repelled me so much I didn't give it a second look. Sad, I know, but covers really are important.

Antonietta Scrofani said...

I enjoyed the Fever series too! And I agree with you on the Cassandra Clare books, I like all of the covers for both series as well. =)

Amanda said...

I don't judge them but a nice cover will attract my attention and make me read what it's about. If I'm browsing in the library, I can't see what the cover looks like until I pull the book out which means the title caught my eye. If I like what, it's about I don't let the cover stop me from reading it.

Danielle Romero said...

oh you're right, his hands r creepy! lol but I cant believe you dont judge (well at least not much), I wish I could be more like that but I feel like covers are the first impression and if they suck well..yea lol

fishgirl182 said...

i judge books by their covers to certain extent. i will def pick up or buy a book if i love the cover without knowing anything about it. but if i book has a cover i don't like, i will generally do more research like check reviews or ask friends. and if a friend recommends something and says it's awesome, i will check it out even if it has a bad cover. i am much less likely to pick up a book with a terrible cover at the bookstore. but a bad cover won't necessarily deter me from reading a book. if that was the case, i never would have read the kate daniels series, which i love but whose covers i think are really ugly.

fishgirl182 @ nite lite book reviews

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

You summed up my thoughts exactly. I can be swayed by a pretty cover but an ugly one isn't a deal breaker for me.

Neyra said...

I am guilty of judging a book by its cover, most of my physical books are pretty covers the rest are kindle >.< I'm just glad I've enjoyed the ones I do have on my shelf as well as my ebooks. Lol

Jennifer TheBookNympho said...

A pretty cover grabs me attention. Then if the summary is interesting I'll try the book.

I'm sure I've missed out on some good books because they had horrible covers. But if I see other readers/bloggers raving about the book I'll over look the cover.

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