Discussion: Judging a Book by Its Cover

Posted August 20, 2014 in Uncategorized / Leave a comment!


Judging a Book by Its Cover

We all know the saying right? Never judge a book by its cover.Makes perfect sense because all of us readers know just how wrong a cover can be. But lets be honest here. Who doesn’t judge a book by its cover? That’s the first thing that draws us into a book when we’re browsing around a bookstore. Sure, lots of great books have terrible covers, but we read them because of recoomnedations or the popularity or something. If I buy a book at a bookstore that I’ve never heard of, it’s because the cover drew me in AND THEN I read the summary on the back. Also, what’s with this putting the summary on the inside flap now? I don’t want an excerpt of the book, I want to read the summary. I don’t know how that trend came into play.

Here are some horrible covers that I would have never picked up if it weren’t for a recommendation of some sort.


A typical girl hanging onto guy cover. It has nothing to do with the story. You know what else I hate? When they decide half way through a series to change the covers. Why do they do this to us?


Another typical cover. The title is Hunger and they don’t even look hungry. Shouldn’t they?

city of heavenlyy fire

I just have no idea what’s going on here. It’s not a horrible cover but I think they could be WAY better.

dearly departed

You think this is a cutesy love story set in the Victorian era right? Wrong. It’s a zombie story.

Here are some gorgeous covers that drew me in instantly.


I love the minimalism in this cover.


Another minimalistic cover. It also has everything to do with the story!


This cover is badass and is still pretty while having something to do with the story.


This is an interesting cover. It makes me wonder what’s going to happen in this book. It’s a book I’d instantly pick up if I didn’t know what it was about.

What are some of your favourite and lest favourite covers? Let me know below!

Happy reading!



2 responses to “Discussion: Judging a Book by Its Cover

  1. Least favorite is definitely the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. They look like the books should be about faeries, not dystopian. I really like covers like Reboot by Amy Tintera, minimal hints but enough to make me curious.
    They’ve been re-releasing the Gone series with new covers, no cover models this time.

    • Oh the Delirium covers. I agree. I honestly thought they were about fairies at first. And I saw the new Gone ones the only thing is I already have a few of the other covers and I don’t want to have then mismatched. I wish they had released them earlier. Haha

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