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“Never judge a cover by its book.”

 ~Fran Lebowitz



1.  BITTEN by Danyelle Leafty


2.  THE PEACH KEEPER by Sarah Addison Allen


3.  THE SWEETEST THING by Christina Mandelski


4.  BUNHEADS by Sophie Flack


5.  ENTWINED by Heather Dixon


6.  THE JADE NOTEBOOK by Laura Resau


7.  TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini


8.  BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards


9.  MAD LOVE by Suzanne Selfors


10.  WIDE OPEN by Deborah Coates




Have you ever loved (or judged) a book by its cover?



37 thoughts on “Loving a Book by its Cover

  1. Patricia

    I have bought a book based solely on it’s cover, but was greatly influenced by the back cover. Mostly I buy a book based on the back cover, but once in a great while I will buy because of a really good cover. Of course now I can’t think of an example off the top of my head, but I know I’ve done it.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Same here! I know I stand in the bookstore staring at those covers (and
      titles), but the back cover and first page are usually what sell me.

  2. Pat O'Dea Rosen

    YA covers seem especially gorgeous these days. You picked ten beauties, Coleen.

    I recently bought a book for its cover and title–and because a fellow member of the women’s fiction chapter of RWA recommended it. The title: WALKING BACK TO HAPPINESS. The author: Lucy Dillon. The cover: a dog, probably a yellow lab, is holding a leash in its mouth and standing on its hind legs with its front paws propped against the back of a sofa. A woman’s stretched out on the sofa, covered by a dark blanket. Only her feet, clad in bronze ballet flats show. I don’t know why that cover spoke to me, only that it did. I’m two chapters into the book and like it.

  3. Sheila Seabrook

    Absolutely, Coleen, but then I read the story blurb before I buy it. 🙂

    I think for a lot of readers, it’s the cover that initially catches our attention, especially if it’s an author we’ve never read or heard of before. But if we don’t like the writing or the story, no matter how beautiful the next cover is, we probably eon’t buy it.

    In the end, it’s all about content.

  4. Louise Behiel

    I hardly notice the cover, so trying to come up with a decent cover, even with a cover artist, is a challenge. yikes – who looks at that stuff? ?

  5. Patricia Tilton

    Unfortunately, a cover will invite me or turn me off. Looking at your selections above, 1, 2, 5 and 10 grabbed my attention to at least read the back cover. You can tell by my selections, what I like to read. 🙂

  6. inluvwithwords

    Oh, I always judge books by their covers. It’s wrong, I know, but how can you not? You picked a lot of great covers here but when I saw Wide Open by Deborah Coates it literally took my breath away. I must read that book, simply because of the cover. That tree is absolutely gorgeous!

  7. Karen McFarland

    “A picture says a thousand words.”

    I don’t know who orginally said that and I’m too lazy to look it up right now. LOL!

    But having said that, need I say muich more? What do advertisers use when they are selling something? A picture.

    And hopefuly the artist is able to connect with the author’s intended idea that will utterly represent the story. Hopefully. 🙂

  8. Tameri Etherton

    Maybe, but I’m so enthralled with the ones you picked, I can’t think of a single cover that made me stop and say, ‘OOOOH!’. That, and I’m exhausted since I’ve been up since 4am. My brain wants to quit working, but I’m paying it triple for overtime.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Tameri, I hope you get to rest. 🙂
      I always feel “destroyed” when I go without sleep.
      Thank you for taking your time to stop by!!!

  9. Lucy

    These are some pretty covers! Wide Open and Touching the Surface are two that stand out to me. And I definitely judge a book by it’s cover, even though I realize the covers are often misleading.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      So true! Even if I feel like I don’t do that–it’s usually the cover or the title that gets me to read the back or first page. 🙂

  10. Jennette Marie Powell

    I absolutely judge a book by its cover! After working for over ten years as a graphic artist, it’s impossible for me not to. A poorly designed cover makes me think the author or publisher didn’t think enough of the book to give it a good one. Yes, I do read the back and usually front page, but an awesome cover may be what draws me to pick up the book in the first place, One I remember was probably ten years ago: Something Dangerous, by Patrick Redmond. Sort of a dark, slow-build horror/thriller novel is the best way I can describe it, but I wasn’t disappointed.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Unfortunately true. Sometimes a cover just comes across as “cheap”–self pubbed or not. And if a poorly designed cover is self pubbed I wonder about the story quality simply because the author was in charge of it all.

  11. Stacy Jensen

    It’s interesting how we’ve moved more toward judging a book by its cover with ereaders. I hear this repeatedly about how people selecte a book based on that thumbnail. When I was a kid, the two books that stood out most had nondescript covers. I was able to find one — the same book I enjoyed as a kid — for sale at my library. It’s on my bookshelf in my office.

  12. Beth K. Vogt

    Well, if this isn’t one of the most intriguing blog posts I’ve read … er, looked at!
    Those book covers were intriguing.
    To be honest, I liked some of them.
    Some I thought, “What was the artist thinking?”
    I mean really, “Bunheads?”
    Sorry. I would not pick that book up off the shelf.
    And, yes, I do judge a book by its cover — and I know others do too. But even more than that, I judge a book by the author and the writing.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Bunheads intrigued me because I had to keep looking at the cover to figure out what I was seeing! 🙂 Plus I had to google the meaning–I did not know that it was a nickname for ballerinas!

  13. Beth K. Vogt

    Well, there ya go.
    See, the cover worked for you even if it didn’t work for me.
    I already know some people will like my cover, some won’t.
    I love it because of the design, yes, but also because of all the thought and hard work that went into it. (See, I know the cover’s backstory.)

  14. Margo Berendsen

    Gorgeous covers – and only one of them I’ve seen before – I think the last one, Wide Open, was my favorite! I don’t judge books by their covers, but I certainly do covet them by their covers!

  15. August McLaughlin

    Hi Coleen, Terrific post. I’ve had the near opposite issue lately. A couple of advance read copies have arrived to me with covers I probably wouldn’t have grabbed off the shelf. In both cases, I adored the book. So I guess that means I do judge books by covers… First impressions count, right?? 😉

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