Judging a Book by Its Cover

For someone who looks like she has been ripped from a dense hedge, I put far too much importance on appearance; specifically, the appearance of books. Not the state in which it is in, a well read book looks as beautiful to me as a brand new one – I am talking about the jacket.

Without even reading a synopsis, I will have jumped to a conclusion on whether or not I will like a book based on its cover – if I see a woman in a field looking forlornly into the distance I will assume it is chick-lit and avoid. Not only is this a ridiculous method of selection, it means I miss out on some fantastic stories; never am I more thankful for other book blogs than when a cover dissuades me, my fellow readers give a far better scope on any enjoyment I may or may not glean.

From this prejudice realisation, I have come to the conclusion that change must be had, and thus, I am now going to go out of my way to investigate novels whose jackets I hate – there is bound to be a hidden gem amongst them.

Are you cover prejudice? When have you read a book where you detested the cover, but adored the story?

4 thoughts on “Judging a Book by Its Cover

  1. It’s not perfect but it’s natural. It fits it with the first impressions you make as a person. Your description of the field made me think of a classic book cover, so from that it definitely depends on exactly what elements make up the picture. Good idea to read more about the books behind covers you hate – reading summaries for everything would get boring (maybe therefore a prejudice isn’t so bad?) – a focus is good.

    I generally am, and unfortunately if it’s an older edition with a horrible cover. Though I do try to give summaries a read. I think the hard part is knowing the author’s have likely not had a say in it, that it might not represent the book at all. I can’t actually think of books I’ve read that had a great story and a horrible cover, but I could speak for ages on the reverse. You really have to be careful not to get drawn by beautiful covers sometimes!


    1. I’m almost more forgiving of the older editions, as if now I feel we should know better. I’ve learnt as well that different countries have different approaches (in the majority, I prefer English book covers to their American counterpart) which is an interesting twist, and I suppose in some way proving there is some basis of consumer research.


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