Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

… and still, we all do it, right? I’m not the exception to the rule either. Often I catch myself judging a person I don’t know because I don’t like her jacket. But I don’t know what happened to her that her jacket looks as ragged as it does.

But let’s stay within the literary world. Like so many other writers and readers, I love spending time in bookstores. I browse through the shelves and aisles, and occasionally I pick one, turn it around and start reading the blurb on the back.

My eyes fly over the shelves, and once in a while, they are caught by a particularly attractive and intriguing book cover. If I don’t like the cover, I don’t even bother reading a blurb, means I might miss a few good books, just because my eye isn’t attracted to the books’ cover.

Over the years I saw a few very interesting and eye-catching covers, and by a couple, I was quite fascinated.

Now, these five here, are only a few that impressed me and my eye in particular. To some of you, they might be weird, sad or even boring. This blog post and these covers are my taste.

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Cover designer: Jim Tierney

I love how the designer mixes color and the trace of antique and ancient. It’s not often we discover a new book with an ‘old’ cover.





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Cover designer: Peter Mendelsund

I love the colorful simplicity of the book cover. It seems to be one simple compass needle, but I was drawn in when I saw this cover.





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Designer team:

Bob Giusti (illustration)
Amy Hill (lettering)

This I call a perfect symbiosis between illustration and lettering. It can’t get any simpler than this, any darker, any more impressive – and any scarier.




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Designer: Na Kim

I cannot even tell whether this book cover is ‘intriguing’ or repelling… but it definitely is fascinating. And in combination with this book title it has a lot to say.






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Cover designer: Anne Jordan

The cover caught my eye immediately. Why would a reader and writer like me not be intrigued by a turning page? I briefly looked at the book and found that I had to add it to my growing pile of books I need to read.




Are there covers you like? And I know, I got a lot to learn and many people to meet, cover designers amongst them. Who do you know, being a cover designer or illustrator and designed the perfect cover for your book?

Or what book cover do you particularly love?

16 thoughts on “Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

  1. I often look for books by authors I haven’t read yet and if the cover doesn’t catch my eye, I don’t usually look further, sorry to say. I may have missed some great stories but it’s always the cover that gets me to look.

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    1. I think many readers and writers are doing the very same thing – including me I admit. But then: The cover is a matter of taste too. You might like a cover which I don’t and vice-versa. I hope we both read good stories too, even though the other one wouldn’t have liked the respective cover. LOL


  2. I usually buy a book because it was recommended by a reader who likes the same books as I or I read a good review. I have bought books with covers I disliked but someone said it was a good book. Occasionally I have picked up a book based on the cover and a few times it was a disappointment. Having said that, we writers should make sure our covers are of high quality and reflect the story. My publisher designs my covers (with some input from me) and I love them.

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    1. I figure you’re definitely smarter than I am – and wise. I often count on my instincts when it comes to books and I rarely, very rarely read a book I really didn’t like. Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment Darlene! Your opinion is always valuable to me!

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