I’m guilty of this. So guilty!
I make up my mind very, very quickly if I think I’ll enjoy a book by it’s cover – if it looks very fantasy-esque I won’t touch it, if it looks plain it won’t get a second look. Even if the cover looks amazing, if the spine isn’t that interesting and the book isn’t on the top of the pile – it WILL get overlooked. Sorry!
On the other side of the coin I tend to be attracted to very bright covers – I wouldn’t be surprised if this has some connection to the fact that virtually all of my favourite books have bright covers. To date I don’t think a bright coloured book has let me down. If a book is bright, chances are I’ll spot it and take a closer look. I’m so fickle
I was sorting through my bookcases last weekend and the books that I’ve chosen to give away from my yet unread pile all fit in with this criteria. If the book doesn’t look from the cover like something I would like than it goes onto the give away pile without a second glance.
And this definitely extends into blogs and bookshops. I use BlogLovin to read blogs – though I might do it differently to many people. I don’t login to the website, I wait for the daily digest email and scroll down to find posts that capture my attention. But I’m not looking for titles – I’m looking for covers. Of course discussion post titles catch my eye but other than those I decide whether to read a post based on the picture – in the case of reviews this means book covers.
I’m sure I miss out on books that I might love because the cover looks like something I wouldn’t like as I simply don’t read reviews of books whose covers don’t appeal to me. There are exceptions – if a see a book appear repeatedly in the digest then often I’ll check it out (this happened with The Dark Inside) but it’s an exception rather than a rule.
So that’s me – do you agree? Can a cover put you off / entice you to a book and do we all at the end of the day judge a book by its cover? I think it’s hard not to! How about proofs and ARCs?