This week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Do covers pull you in?
Definitely! I don’t agree with the old cliche about not judging a book by its cover. Yes, in principle, sometimes good books have terrible covers (and terrible books have good covers), but more often than not, a cover at the least reflects the style of a book. I don’t expect a cover to necessarily tell me if I will like a book–but I do tend to judge whether it’s in a genre I might like by the cover.
Covers make less of a difference now, when I mostly find new books based on other blogs’ reviews. When I found most books by browsing at the library, covers were huge. I’d see interesting titles (and sometimes judge by the font of the spine!) then look at the cover–and very often never open the book because the cover would be enough to clarify that this was not what I was looking for. Like…to invent a title, say I saw a book called The Time of Stars. Could be sci fi, maybe fantasy, so I’d pull it from the shelf. And if the cover showed a teenage girl with an iPod, or maybe someone walking on a red carpet (you know, celebrity stars!) then that’s a no.
So much for covers dissuading me–for pulling me in, well, I do have a weakness for covers with girls in sweeping dresses, or girls staring defiantly at the viewer. And dragons are always a good sign. Or cats.
Do covers pull you in? What cover features will grab your interest?