Bookish Blog Hop: Summer Hop
Book covers… A constant source of discussion among book lovers! How important is a good cover design for you? And have you ever picked up a book only because of its cover?
Join our book blogger discussion on book covers! 😊
We’re blog hopping again! The summer hop has some awesome bookish questions and discussion topics. A bunch of book bloggers have joined in and will be hosting and answering questions.
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So, today’s question is about book covers. Now, I just have to throw the old saying in the mix here, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. But it’s actually quite fun to do exactly that!
You see, I love picking books only by the cover and title. It can be awesome to go in “blind”, not knowing where the story will take me. The job of summaries is to let you know what you can expect from a book, so there’s often some level of spoiler in there if you like.
When I go into a story without any prior knowledge (other than genre, cover, and title), I can appreciate the bigger plot development much more. While, when I know the summary or bigger plot points, I focus more on details, on smaller steps that take us there. It feels like two very different ways of approaching a book and I enjoy both.
That being said, I only pick my books by the cover in my audiobook subscriptions. If I don’t like it, it’s not much of a waste to just DNF. When I buy a book or consider a review copy, I always read the blurbs and some reviews, to make sure I know what I should expect.
But what about my fellow book bloggers? Do you ever choose books solely by the cover?
Jo Linsdell www.JoLinsdell.com
Whilst I’d love to say I never judge a book by it’s cover, I’d be lying. I’ve grabbed several books based solely on the cover design in the past. If a book has a good cover design it’s much more likely to catch my eye.
Becki Svare www.abookloversadventures.com
I am so guilty of choosing a book by it’s cover! The cover design and title are always the first things I notice. Then, if the summary keeps me interested it’ll go on my to-be-read list. A few times though, a book has been recommended and after I get it I realize I wouldn’t have picked it up because I didn’t like the cover. So, I’m always grateful for recommendations from friends!
Views She Writes https://viewsshewrites.wordpress.com
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Brandy Potter www.brandypotterbooks.com
I don’t judge books by covers. I tend to like leather bound or classically bound hardbacks that look good in a library. Those kinds of books can’t show you anything on the cover. Plus the one or two times that I grabbed a book because the cover looked good, the book was terrible.
I like to think I don’t choose books by their covers. Now and again, you can get a great story with a beautiful cover, like The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. But I mostly get recommendations from the bookish community, family,
Fee – eBook Addicts http://ebookaddcits.net
This was very fascinating! We all have very different takes on the whole “cover issue” 😄 But I don’t think anyone should feel guilty for choosing books by the cover. Most authors (and publishers, of course) put a lot of thought into picking their book covers, maybe even as much as writing a summary. Nothing wrong with us readers appreciating it later!
What’s your opinion? Join the discussion in the comments!
Yesterday, Jo kicked off the blog hop with the question: Which Book Do You Wish You’d Written?
Tomorrow, we’ll be at Fee’s blog eBookAddicts.net, discussing the question: Do you review all of the books you read?