I know the saying really is “Never judge a book by its cover” but I’m speaking in the more literal sense. You know, actual books and their actual covers. Being a very visual person, I notice book covers. If there is an interesting or intriguing photo or illustration, I stop and look.
I’m a bit of a book store addict. Shopping online only works if I know what I want. When I’m just browsing I need to be in a room surrounded by actual books. Secondhand bookstores are my favorite because you never know what treasure you might find tucked away on the shelves. On these expeditions, I often purchase a book just because I am am fascinated by the cover or title. What can I say, I’m reckless like that sometimes.
Here are some examples. These are only the covers. I’m not going to tell you what the books are about (if you don’t already know) because I figure if you are as intrigued by the covers as I was, you will find out for yourself! I will, however, tell you that they all lived up to my expectations and were well worth the time.
Creepy, huh? I admit, I like weird, especially weird photographs. The entire book is filled with the same kind of visuals. This is a Young Adult book, by the way, but as far as I’m concerned a good story is a good story no matter what section of the store it’s in.
Another YA book. I found this one at a yard sale and was desperate to find out how a baseball bat and an umbrella worked together in the story line. The characters are wonderful. My 16 year old has read it several times and considers it one of her favorite books.
So so here is a book about…..a book! I’m already hooked. I really wanted to know more about this intense society woman posing in her 1920’s finery. This was a real person and a real diary and that alone made me curious.
And finally, how could you not love the title of this book? I am a great lover of letters and post cards. They are so much more personal than emails or texts. I think that woman gazing off into the water and the hand written card tugged at the romantic in me.
This isn’t a foolproof method though. I’ve bought other books because of their great covers only to be very disappointed by the story. Live and learn, you know. I still enjoy the hunt and I get really excited when I discover a hidden gem.
Let’s hear your thoughts. Have you ever judged a book by its cover? What book was it? Was it worth the risk?