You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover…Or Can You?

Perhaps I am the only guilty party here, but maybe I’m not.

I love books. I not only write them, I savor them. Reading is a part of my life that I will treasure always. I love falling within the pages of a great book. If I get lost in the story, then I know that I have chosen a keeper. Often one that requires a second and third reading in the future. I can certainly savor the same book more than once…easily.

Although I own a Kindle and I love it, nothing will ever replace a hardcover or paperback book for me. I love to turn real pages more than clicking the arrow button to move on. I’m old school and I’m totally okay with that.

The cover of a book is often what draws me in at first. When I scan the library shelves or the sea of books at Barnes and Noble, I focus on the image first…the summary on the back, second…and a “taste” of the intro, third…before heading to the check out counter.

For eBooks that I purchase, I glance at the image first, the summary second and the reviews third.

A book cover is what pulls me in each and every time.

Here is an example:

This is the UK adult version of The Deathly Hallows (yawn…)

This is the book cover most of us are quite familiar with (and that I LOVE). The colors, the imagery…it just pulls you in. This book cover begs you to look inside.

How important is the image on the front of a book for you? Do you ever choose a book based solely on what the cover portrays? Would love to hear your thoughts on this.



4 thoughts on “You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover…Or Can You?”

  1. Yes Sweetie! We are alike….I love books and the covers draw us visual people in…..I read the back…scan through it and walk to the front if it is a keeper…Enjoyed your blog! ❤

  2. Oh, I disagree about the Harry Potter covers. I far and away prefer the UK Adult Edition covers, I had to request them specially since they’re not exactly on the shelf in US bookstores (or they weren’t 3 years ago, not sure about now).

    One of my best friends refuses to even read the back of the book (no spoilers!) so she decides based on cover alone.

    1. Thanks for the comment, sj! We are all different of course. It’s amazing how each of our tastes are incredibly unique, how we are drawn to a piece of literature and of course…what our take is on a book. For me, I think this is what makes writing and reading so fun. A new adventure every time! 🙂

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