Never judge a book by it's cover?

January 25, 2015

Whoever coined that particular phrase couldn't have done much reading!

What the cover looks like doesn't matter to me when it's the latest book of a well-loved or favourite author. I'm not too bothered about the cover or the title, or even the blurb, because I know I'm going to enjoy reading it. And I'm not too bothered if it's an author I've never read before but the book is either highly recommended or has generated a lot of comments. Then I simply have to see what all the fuss is about. Take Fifty Shades, for instance, (didn't do anything for me), or Gone Girl (loved it) - had to read both of these because of the hype, and I don't think I could tell you what's on the cover of either of them.

It's a bit different when it comes to an unknown author (unknown to me, at least). I browse by both cover and title (and thickness or word count, but I've talked about that weird fetish of mine before), then blurb.

Covers are important  - I keep stressing this, don't I?  But if I saw a book with a fighter plane on the front I wouldn't even bother looking at the back. I would assume it was about war, and that's not a genre I'm into at the moment, though I've read my fair share of them in the past.
What's brought all this up is my finding a novel about werewolves which had a George Eliot pastoral garden scene on the cover.

Needless to say, I didn't bother to read it. So, yes, I'm definitely guilty of judging books by their covers.



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