After 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?