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.




  1. Auntie Carol says:

    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.

    • 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! 🙂

  3. I always tend to judge a book by its cover… but i wont buy a book base on its cover of course.

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