Judging books by their cover #3: women walking away…

img_0666Yesterday, posting my latest read on Instagram, I commented that I had – once again – picked a book that had a woman walking away from me.  In a bright coat.  I really can’t resist these books and I’m not sure why.

Is the woman in question walking away from me or into danger?  Should I follow her?  What is she thinking – is she smiling, crying, scowling? So many questions and I want to know the answer to all of them so I have to read the book.

Book blogger hop: choosing books by the their covers

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This week, I’m once again joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

Have you ever bought a book because you liked its cover art?
The answer is yes, and – I would think – who hasn’t?  I just can’t resist a good cover and actually wrote about this cover love a while ago (you can find the post here).  So, rather than repeating myself I thought I would just share some of my recent favourite covers, ones that absolutely influenced by decision to read them (clicking on the cover will take you to the full review)….

Judging books by their covers

I recently commented in a review that I had promised myself I would stop picking up books who had women walking away from me on the covers a) because there are a lot of them and I might never end up reading anything else and b) because a lot of them weren’t as good as I’d hope.

Then, it ended up I really enjoyed the book with that very woman walking away from me and thought it was a really good thing I’d ignored my own advice.  In fact, when I think about it a lot of the best books I’ve read these last few years have been if not flukes but down to my habit of not reading what the book is about but just going “ooh I like the look of that”.  With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few (clicking on the image will take you too the review)…

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Of course, it doesn’t always work out the way I hoped it would as the following prove…

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Still, with the law of averages (or other mathematical processes I know little about), I think I’m doing pretty well.  I have more hits than misses, which can’t be a bad thing.

What do you think?  Is is o.k. to judge books by their cover? Do any of these look good enough for you to read without knowing more?

Emma x

 

Book blogger hop: book covers?

imageAfter a few weeks off, I’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

Do you always put a book cover in your posts when you are mentioning books or just text?

My answer is yes, for the most part.  If I am mentioning a book as part of another post, referencing another book by the same author say as part of a review, I don’t but otherwise I do.

The main reason is that, even though I know you shouldn’t, I am a person who will judge a book by it’s cover – or at least pick it up to see if it’s something I want to read.  I think covers are a big part of a book, terrible as that might sound, adding to the feeling you get when you are about to read it.  I think they catch the eye and the imagination.

When I write a review I include the cover and a description at the start, then my thoughts.  It’s a habit I’ve gotten into and I know a lot of other bloggers follow the same format.  I can’t say I’ve deliberately copied this but I do know I clink on more post links where I can see the cover than not.  I think covers say a lot and say it quickly.

The second reason I use book covers is that, when I’m doing round-up posts etc., I find they break up the text.  I am a big one for white space and short paragraphs as otherwise I find I lose the point of what I’m reading.  This can still look a bit bland though so cover art makes it more interesting.  Or at least I think so.

I may be completely wrong in this.  What do you think? Do you use covers or other art/images in posts or stick to text alone?

Emma