Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Do you judge a book by its cover?

I walk into a bookstore.....thousands of books are on display, each one vying for my attention. Pick me! Pick me! My eyes move over the covers, scanning the titles but searching for that "something special" that speaks to me. Some covers are predominantly typography, so I walk past them....then, there it is! That exquisite cover that makes me walk over, pick up that book and run my hand over the cover, and turn it over to read the blurb.

Now I know enough from experience that an appealing cover does not guarantee a good read (and likewise, a plain cover can have a terrific story tucked inside), but it sure does get the book in my hands! Looking through the books that I added to my personal library this year, there are several books that I thought had fabulous cover art, and it appears that many 2010 releases will be even more stunning!

(Note: These books may not all have been released in 2009; they were added to my library in 2009). Here they are, in no particular order:

These new editions of Daphne du Maurier's classics are just gorgeous! I want to sail away with a pirate on that ship!

This is my favorite cover, but unfortunately, the artwork was better than the plot.

Simply stunning! More people remarked about this cover when I reviewed the book.

Say yes to the dress!

Vampire debutante meets Victoria's Secret...really cool cover!

Who wouldn't want to curl up with this book by a roaring fire with a cup of tea?

Could be a Vogue cover it's so lovely!

I love, love, love all the new editions of Georgette Heyers classics!

Can't wait to see what's in store for 2010!


Svea Love said...

I know what you mean...I don't mean or try to judge a book by the cover, but I find I am always looking for a book with that exceptional cover. There is just something about it that enhances the reading excitement!


Kim said...

I absolutely judge a book by its cover! It's my understanding that authors don't necessarily have a say in the cover design. Is that true? I love the new Daphne D books. We are reading this one as a bookclub this fall.

Joanne said...

Hi, Muse - Thanks for stopping by!

Hi, Kim - You know, I'm not 100% positive, but from what I've read while visiting authors' blogs, authors many times have very little say in their cover art. I recall Diana Gabaldon (of Outlander) discussing her displeasure that her earliest book covers had pictures of a lady (supposedly Claire) on them and she didn't want that. As her books became bestsellers and went into reprint, she seems now to have won that battle.

Anonymous said...

Sadly yes, I do. I really, really do. I've bought a book because of the cover. (lol)

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I am a huge cover snob! I love them in fact I want to print some out for my reading room and actually frame them..... LOVE covers and they are the first sell for me.

Joanne said...

Sheila -- The idea of framing your favorite covers for your library or office is genius!

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