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Books I bought for the cover

  • Dec. 4th, 2009 at 11:52 AM
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I am very, very, very bad about sometimes buying books not for the story, but for the cover. I really admire new, innovative, and beautiful cover design because I can tell how hard it is to be any of those things with a sea of other books already out and a limited budget. So when a cover DOES manage to be new/innovative/beautiful...I must own it. Examples:

I WAS TOLD THERE'D BE CAKE by Sloane Crosley
I've mentioned this cover on the blog before-- and I still haven't finished the book. It's really good, don't get me wrong, but since it's essays you can kind of pick it up and return months later-- but I digress. This cover felt like something out of the 1950s in the most fabulously vintage way. So I bought it with only the slightest of slight ideas what it was about.

THE LUXE series by Anna Godbersen
I not only bought this one, I bought the first three in the series, all for the covers. I might even buy the fourth one, but I totally have not been able to get through THE LUXE yet (I don't think it's my style) so I feel silly buying the fourth...but it has that pretty purple dress on it...

MADAPPLE by Christina Meldrum
Okay okay, THIS ONE I actually wanted to read the book itself. But more than anything, I just wanted the cover. It is creepy and eerie and pretty and great. And I still haven't read the book.

WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green and David Levithan
My friend scottique found this accidentally and showed it to me-- I'm guessing it's a rejected cover for the book. Which is a shame, because I think it's fabulous. Look at that bunny monster thing in the background! Who wouldn't love that?
(Shameless promo moment-- remember that you can win an ARC of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON, by subscribing to my youtube channel!)

Anyhow-- is this just me? Anyone else snag a book just for the picture on the front?


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cared wrote:
Dec. 4th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
I usually buy wine based on the label art. Does that count?
jade_sabre_301 wrote:
Dec. 4th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
oooooooooooooh I have done that. Have you ever seen "The Middle Sister"? They have the best labels.
fandoria wrote:
Dec. 4th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
I bought all four of The Luxe books based on the covers too. I've read all but the last one and don't care too much for them, but keep buying them for the gorgeous covers. I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one.
sydney_salter wrote:
Dec. 4th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
I, too, bought LUXE just for the cover. I also bought DAIRY QUEEN for the same reason (I had to possess that cow with a crown) & ended up loving the story.

I've discovered some great stories just because I loved the cover.
boreal_owl wrote:
Dec. 4th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
I've never bought a book because of a beautiful cover. This is strange, because I do appreciate book design and typefaces. Although, if I love the book, a great cover will make me love it more and I'll probably keep the book.

I'm more influenced by: author, title, subject or genre, book jacket blurb, first page, any good reviews or buzz.

I've bought a few books (of authors I've known or books I've heard good things about) despite their unappealing covers. On a hardcover, you can always remove the jacket.

Unless there's a spider on the cover. Then all bets are off. (Charlotte's Web excluded.)

(Anonymous) wrote:
Dec. 4th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Ooo I almost did the same thing with The Luxe. Had it in my hand. I stare at the covers of that series every time I'm in the store. I want to frame them. I ended up not buying because I read the synopsis and don't think the story is for me, but I might end up getting them anyways LOL

I really love the House of Night series' covers (by P.C. and Kristin Cast) - very beautiful. And The Hollow by Jessica Verday has a gorgeous cover.

Now, I have NOT read books because of the cover. The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris is a great example of why I shouldn't judge a book by its cover. It's one of my all time favorite series, but I hate the covers. I saw the cover and thought the story was probably a more comedic story or something geared toward younger audiences. I'm glad I finally had a friend convince me to try them out! :)
elknutswife wrote:
Dec. 4th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
oops, that last comment was from me - didn't mean to be anonymous :D
martianmooncrab wrote:
Dec. 4th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
I have a print of the cover to Channeling Cleopatra by Scarborough matted and framed in my bedroom hallway, because its beautiful.
elegantsnobbery wrote:
Dec. 5th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Haha, I bought The Luxe for its cover, too!
noodlesforyou wrote:
Dec. 5th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
hehe, i have definitely done that before. my prime example: princess academy by shannon hale. i mean, it's a good book and all, but the cover art is just gorgeous. well, the hardcover is. the paperback? not so much.


not so much

on the other hand, she seems to have this trouble a lot (her publisher switching from a lovely hardcover to meh paperback).
other example here: http://www.squeetus.com/stage/books.html

two more books i may buy because of the covers:
magic under glass by jackie dolamore (esp. love the british edition)

and scones and sensibility by lindsay eland
tracy_d74 wrote:
Dec. 5th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
OMG!!! I am a total book cover whore. I bought Evermore by Alyson Noel because I love Tulips and the cover had Tulips. I am a marketing departments dream!!!
(Anonymous) wrote:
Dec. 5th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
First of all, now I want to read "Scones and Senseability", thanks to the commenter.
Second, I bought "Freaks: Alive, on the Inside!" by Annette Curtis Klause for the cover. It was an okay book, but I LOVE the cover so much it hurts. Makes me want to write a novel about the cover (which, oddly enough, wouldn't be the same book).

Along the same artistic lines, I really want to buy THe Gideon Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer for the same reason. I just haven't done it yet.
ext_192929 wrote:
Dec. 7th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
LOL too funny. I just came to your blog to get info about your book Sisters Red because I love the cover so much. I even blogged about it today!

I'm fascinated by covers. I think that they can contribute to the feel of a book and set the mood. Creepy ones (like Madapple) put you in the state of mind before you even open to page one.
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