Yes, I know the old saying is ‘never judge a book by its cover”. (trivia titbit – In 1946 the phrase first appeared in the murder mystery novel Murder in the Glass Room (by Edwin Rolfe and Lester Fuller) as “you can never tell a book by its cover.”). But seriously when you walk in to your favourite bookshop, what catches your eye enough to make your hands pick up a book and turn it over to read the blurb? Or if in Amazon, what makes you click for more info?
For me sometimes its because I know the author or have heard good things about the book but mostly it’s the cover. Some books have what I consider awful covers, the Harry Potter covers put me off the books for years as they seemed so childish. But when I finally gave in and read them, I got the fantastic thrill of finding my favourite series and wanted to bang my head for being shallow enough to overlook them in the first place simply because of the covers.
On the other hand, it is equally bad when the cover looks amazing and then the story is one big letdown. It feels like false advertising to me! Not going to name names here though, don’t want to be a hater and at the end of the day cover choice is hugely personal.
Instead I’m going to leave you with 2 favourite covers from books I have read lately where the image really appealed to me. They both do an excellent job of giving you a flavour of the atmosphere for the story within. Fantastic covers and fantastic books, highly recommended if you have not read them.