Do we judge books by their covers? That has been a permanent question for us, book lovers. It has been asked a lot of times, and I think my answer have been varied in the past few years. Daniel, Kelly, and I, decided to nitpick on book covers. And here is why we did :
I think everyone does, whether they want to or not. The cover and the description are the only two things that we see before we get the book, so it does become very important in your book-buying process.
The cover is the first thing that you see, so sometimes I couldn’t help but judge a book by its cover. Reading a few reviews help me decide if I will read a book with a bad cover.
Of course, when little is known about the book. Especially when it comes to indie titles. An author who hasn’t spent the time, money or effort in presenting an eye catching or pleasing cover usually equates with not investing in their work. Standard or difficult to read fonts are usually what push me over the edge whether to read it or not.
Good Books with Good Covers
House of Hades by Rick Riordan : Well, I’m biased. This cover features my legitimate OTP, Percy and Annabeth, as they trek through the pits of Tartarus together, both physically and emotionally drained. The cover is coloured with reds and browns to really highlight the hellishness of the setting. The book itself is fantastic- great action, romance, and character development. It’s my favourite of the Heroes of Olympus series.
Spintered by A.G.Howard : One of my favorite classics is Alice in Wonderland, and because this series is based off on this, I decided to read it. While it’s not the most amazing book, I still loved it. The covers for the series are just fabulous. They are all colorful and magical.
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley : Like Dre, Alice in Wonderland is my favourite all time read, but with so many editions available, I couldn’t choose just one. Magonia is yet to be released, but I can’t praise this book highly enough. It was gloriously magical, not only were the characters incredible, but the storyline is just so lovely and whimsical. This is one instance where the cover certain does the book justice.
Good Books with Bad Covers
Gone by Michael Grant : The original cover for Gone is pretty atrocious- they break the cardinal rule of covers- NEVER SHOW ANY FACES. These covers show us nothing about the crazy world of Gone- just two bewildered people staring into the distance. Bad covers and all, this series is my all time favourite: fast pace, big diverse cast, original world building. Everything I want in a series is in here.
Tangled by Emma Chase : If I were to see a naked torso on the cover, I would totally skip it. But I gave it a try, and I was glad I did. I enjoyed Drew’s perspective about dealing with life and love. It was a good surprise. I didn’t read the next book, though. I’d say, it’s as good as it is.
The Australian covers for the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi : Oh gosh, where do I even start. I love the publisher, but I don’t understand how anyone with any knowledge of photoshop could have thought these covers were a good idea. Pretty sure the girl on the cover of book one and the third installment isn’t even the same girl. They’re horrid. I absolutely adore this series, but these Aussie covers don’t even come close to doing it justice. They just have to go.
Bad Books with Good Covers
The Rule of Three by Eric Walters : This is an epic cover. Stuff blowing up, fires erupting, and big, bold text that really catches your eye. It is a depiction of a post-apocalyptic meltdown of the Greater Toronto Area. As I live in this neighbourhood, I thought I was going to love this book. I didn’t. No action, slow pace, a boring main character, and weak females kept me from enjoying this book.
The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson : When I read Tiger Lily and loved it, I wanted to try another book from JLA. I have to admit that the writing was very beautiful, but I was at a loss, as the story seemed aimless and plotless. The mystery seemed unresolved, which was what I was looking for when I started reading the book.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton : The cover is absolutely lovely, but boy, this is one wordy mother of a book. I couldn’t get past the first few chapters. Not just a dump of information, but historical information. He said, she said, they did this, they did that. I’m sure it ties into the storyline somehow, but it was great… If you want to be lulled into a coma.
Bad Books with Bad Covers
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi : I cannot say enough bad things about this cover. Everything about it is horrible. And to be honest, I didn’t like the book either. It wasn’t terrible, but it definitely did not live up to my expectations. I wanted a dystopian story about a kick-butt girl with magical powers. I got an angsty romance with a lot of swooning and self-loathing.
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick : There was a time when I actually looked for good zombie books. A lot of my peers actually liked this book, but this was just terrible for me. And this cover does not scream zombie, in my opinion.
3:AM Kisses by Addison Moore : The cover is not necessarily bad, considering it’s nothing more that a sex romp. Check out my review here. Pretty much says it all really.
Books We Haven’t Read with Good Covers
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray : Really nice cover. Colourful, whimsical, and eye-catching. Not exactly sure if I will be reading it, but it does have a lot of good reviews, so it’s definitely on my maybe list. Let me know in the comments if I should read it!
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld : When it comes to design, I’ve always loved balance. If you look at the cover, it’s easy on the eye, and there is balance with the upper and lower part. I like how the red color pops, and the gears are distributed properly.
Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee : I love a beautiful font, and even though this looks like a rendered cover, it’s absolutely gorgeous! Not sure when, if ever, I’ll get around to reading it. But it’s stunning, no doubt about that.
Books We Haven’t Read with Bad Covers
Delirium by Lauren Oliver : Ugh. I’ll be honest- there’s nothing more off-putting to me than a close-up of a girl’s face on the cover. Let us envision the characters ourselves!!! Anyway, I’ve heard lots of mixed things about this one. I like dystopia, but I might be staying away from this- bad cover, mixed reviews.
Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout : All the covers of the Lux series are ugly. They really are. I did like the series, but I haven’t read this one. In my opinion, the covers just look cheap.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer : Some of the covers released for the series aren’t too bad, but when I recently purchased the box set, I didn’t expect this *screams* and *screams again* It’s creepy, like an evil albino child.
Do you agree with our book cover choices? Or do you have a violent reaction?!
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