Tuesday, May 21, 2013

You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover.

Well maybe not, but I certainly can have my attention grabbed by one.  Definitely the quickest way for someone to get me to read their book (if I don't already know the author) is to have a pretty or interesting cover.  I like walking through the bookstores and discovering new reads and authors, but I'm not likely to pick up a book by an author I don't know unless it is visually interesting.  Today's topic at The Broke and the Bookish is top ten covers of books you've read.  But I'm cheating a little and doing five that I've read and five that I picked up and want to read thanks to the cover!

Sammy's Hill and Sammy's House by Kristin Gore-- These are the best book covers!  So cute and actually give you a really good feel for the tone of the story.  
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger-- yes, I know this is the movie cover, which violates all my long-held beliefs.  But it's just SO perfect for this story.
11/22/63 by Stephen King-- I really think this book would be at the top of my list in every book category ever.  It's just that perfect.  And the cover is what kept me coming back to this book.  Every time I went to the store, I was drawn to it until I finally gave in to my fear of Stephen King and an 800+ page book and picked it up.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon-- Already from the cover of the book, you know it's going to be a mysterious, dark story.  This was one that I knew nothing about but looked at because of the cover.  And I was well rewarded with a phenomenal story which became one of my favorite books ever.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter-- I have zero idea what this is about.  But I want to go to wherever this cover picture is taken, so I obviously must read the book now.
The Fame Game, Starstruck, and Infamous by Lauren Conrad-- I love how her series book covers are different depictions of the same thing.  The LA Candy books were candy hearts, and these are stars.  It's very clever.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie-- Again, I have no idea what this book is about, but I'm so intrigued.  Whose shoes are they?  Why aren't they wearing them?  Are they hurt?  Dead?  Kidnapped??  They look small-- do they belong to a child or a woman?  So many questions just from the cover that make me want to read the book to discover the answers.
Sad Desk Salad by Jessica Grose-- This one makes me laugh, so I imagine the book will be funny.  A face made out of vegetables... Hehehe...
Paris: The Novel by Edward Rutherford-- This book really didn't have anything exciting going on other than a picture of the Eiffel Tower and the word "Paris" on it.  But considering my burning desire to go there, that's really all it takes to get me to want to read it.

What are some of your favorite book covers??  Anything amazing you discovered thanks to a pretty cover?

Oh, and before I finish, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that two years ago today, I walked up to the rodeo at the Fort Worth Stockyards to meet this guy in the Brooklyn Dodgers hat.  I had no idea that two years later I'd be married to him.  Love you, Donny!  :)


  1. I am the same way! A good cover is sure to capture me...

  2. Love the cover of Paris! Very artsy. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Wow so many good book covers that are pulling me in! Why can't I have free time? I will need to remember several of these for the future...

  4. Awww. Your pictures so cute. I love the covers of Sammy's Hill/House. Beautiful Ruins' cover is just spectacular. I want to go there. Now. Great list!
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  5. I can't believe it has been 2 years! Crazy how quick time goes.

  6. Haha, I read Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress solely based on the intriguing cover and I thought it was a great story! I want to read Sad Desk Salad for the same reason!

    Great picture!

  7. I can't wait to read 11/22/63. It's on my list!! I'll pick up a book sometimes because of the cover (or name). The only reason I discovered Kay Hooper is because I was at Target and saw a book called "Haunting Rachel". I picked it up, read the description, bought and read it, and today Kay Hooper is one of my favorite authors!