Musing Mondays (13 July)

Today’s Musing Mondays question: “We all know the old adage about not judging a book by it’s cover, but just how much sway does a book cover have when it comes to your choice of book – whether buying or borrowing? Are there any books you’ve bought based on the cover alone?”

Book covers (and, relatedly, titles) are, quite often, the reason for my impulse book picks. Most books I’ve read reviews of or like the author or whatever, so I get them, but the rest I pick on cover alone. Pandemonium was one of these, as was Palace of Illusions a while ago. Often, when I get a backlog in my Google Reader and have a million book blog posts to read, I’ll skim past any posts that have book covers that don’t interest me.

But the covers don’t necessarily have to be splashy. All of these covers are ones I’ve liked. It’s really a whim.

And, of course, I’ve read and liked plenty of books whose covers I did not like (most sci-fi/fantasy novels spring to mind here), and hated plenty of books with awesome covers. I guess it’s really all about your PR people. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Musing Mondays (13 July)

  1. Alison says:

    I really like that new cover! You should buy it and give your old one to your local Mac's Backs equivalent.

  2. Mary says:

    Or keep it… lol. I've been collecting copies of The Bell Jar (or a Plath equivalent, if the Bell Jar isn't in print) from all the countries that I've been to. Of course… that means I only have a French copy and a Dutch copy of Ariel, but lofty goals, etc. Soooo the extra copy will fit in nicely.

  3. Angie says:

    I used to pick out books almost entirely based on the cover – but that didn't work out very well for me. I ended up reading tons of books that I didn't like. So now I let the cover be one of the considerations but not the only one.

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