Book blogger hop: choosing books by the their covers


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)….

33654421Sister Sister was because I am a sucker for books with women looking away on them, though I keep telling myself I will stop buying them because they have been hit and miss.  Thankfully that wasn’t the case here and I really enjoyed this book with more than a few twists in the tale.  The pink helped too because I might not be a girly girl but I just love a pop of colour.
99 red balloonsThat same old pop of colour got me in 99 Red Balloons, as well as the 80’s pop reference – which had me flashing back to my teen years.  I have to say the link between the story and the cover and title was a bit tenuous but I still found myself loving this book, particularly for one moment that I hadn’t seen coming and made me stop reading completely whilst I process what I’d read.
imageThere was much more of a obvious link between the cover and story in The Last Days of Summer, which I just found so eye catching when I saw it on Netgalley.
Again, there is that damn woman looking away but here it was on a prairie and the sun was shining.  It felt almost positive – I was wrong there but not wrong in choosing the book, which has stayed with me months after reading it.  A beautiful, sad, tale that I would definitely recommend people reading.
34452770And then, finally, there is the spookiest story I have read this year, The Binding Song.  Billed as a psychological thriller, I was surprised by the ghost story inside the pages – but in a good way as anyone who reads this blog will know I’m a sucker for a good ghost story, one that sends chills up the back of my neck.  This delivered on all spooky counts.  Loved it.
51W0o7zGjYLIn fact, my inability to turn down a book because of it’s cover has only let me down once so far these last few months and that was with My Sister which just didn’t hit the mark for me at all and is the rule that proves the exception of Sister Sister as it’s got two girls walking away from me on the cover in bright blue dresses.  These covers just scream secrets and mystery to me and yet what is between those covers doesn’t always live up to the promise.  Sadly it wasn’t the case here.  Though I know others loved it so don’t take my word for it.
What about you – do you judge and buy books by their covers?  And does it work for you?
Emma x


  1. Oh I’m SUCH a pushover for a cool cover! All these are suitably mysterious and promise a cracking read full of family tensions and thrilling reveals… Sorry that the last one didn’t live up to the expectation, but you’re right – it’s still a wonderful cover:)


  2. I love a gorgeous cover….and, come to think of it, I like to see the women or girls looking away. Maybe because I want to visualize their faces my own way?

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


  3. Like you, I like covers with people looking away rather than straight at me from a cover. Mostly for the reasons Laurel-Rain mentions, I think.

    A cover might get me to take a closer look at a book, but it’s not enough to get me to buy it or even read it. I can’t think of a time the cover was the sole reason I bought a book.

    I hope you have a great weekend! Thank you for sharing.


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