Judge A Book By Its Cover!

You know that wise old saying “Never judge a book by its cover”? But we all do it….its what draws us to most books in the first place! So go ahead and judge those covers!!
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4,452 books · 8,869 voters · list created March 2nd, 2010 by Anne (votes) .
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Comments (showing 1-50 of 78) (78 new)


message 1: by M (new)

M It's interesting how almost all the books on this list have dark, haunting covers.


message 2: by AudryT (new)

AudryT Never tried to vote on Goodreads before. Here goes.


message 3: by Robert (new)

Robert Barker I am surprised how simple some of the good ones are, the ones lower on the list are too busy I guess


message 4: by Kristin (new)

Kristin i love how the first six books are my six of my favorite books ever


message 5: by Nicole (new)

Nicole i actually ended u p picking up a book that is now my all time favorite (cry wolf by Briggs, its on this list) by thinking the cover looked interesting =)


message 6: by Nicole (new)

Nicole lol me too. i have such a huge kist of books i gotta get my hands on. Cry wolf is about werewolves, there is a sister series (some of the same charaters) by the same author its the mercy thompson series. you can read one withouth the other, but i love them both, and they sort of follow eacher on a time line and share the same charaters, but thats pretty much all that they have in common


message 7: by Nicole (new)

Nicole list not kist oops


message 8: by Yiling (new)

Yiling they should put more of the least popular on top


message 9: by Jasmin (new)

Jasmin these are awsome books they should add more


message 10: by Sheba (new)

Sheba They are great books to read and enjoy!! :) :)


message 11: by Krista (new)

Krista This is a fantastic site.. now i can look for more books to add to my collection. :)


message 12: by Claire (new)

Claire hmmm... alternatively, if a book sucks and it also has an awful cover, it could be on this list according to the name "judge a book by its cover"


message 13: by Hayley (new)

Hayley love the fact that hush, hush is the first one on the entire list!!!


message 14: by Paweł (last edited Feb 14, 2011 01:58AM) (new)

Paweł so poor covers... honestly, i voted on 10 out of 600.


message 15: by Paweł (new)

Paweł Jasmin wrote: "these are awsome books they should add more"
you can add your's ^^


message 16: by Nickbobed (new)

Nickbobed I think Fallen has one of the coolest covers, the cover is actually what drew me in to read it.


 ♥ Lady Dalis :D ♥ i read almost all the books up there......


message 18: by Kelsa (new)

Kelsa Nickbobed wrote: "I think Fallen has one of the coolest covers, the cover is actually what drew me in to read it."


Same for me. I bought it cause of the cover. To bad the book wasn't as good as I was hoping for, but it was still a good read.


message 19: by Lauren (new)

Lauren is it just me, or is it always that the WORST books have the BEST cover!?!? take fallen for an example.......


 ♥ Lady Dalis :D ♥ actually fallen didn't really get good for me until i got to like the 16th chapter


message 21: by [deleted user] (new)

Fallen I thought was okay, after you et into it. The second one was good. My favorite guy characters are Jace and Patch. So I like that they are up there. Most of these I have read and a lot of them I liked.


message 22: by Daphne (new)

Daphne Delacroix Kristin wrote: "i love how the first six books are my six of my favorite books ever"

same here!


message 23: by Breanne (new)

Breanne Tiger series should get an award for their covers. They are amazing!!!


message 24: by Tochi (new)

Tochi eclipse is my best book cover there cos it says a lot in it's simplicity


message 25: by Buthayna (new)

Buthayna I hated the Hollow cover. I read the book and it was amazing , but I pictured abbey to be more Beautiful and without all this make-up which by the way looks scary.


message 26: by André (new)

André Rodrigues ♥ Lady Dalis :D ♥ wrote: "i read almost all the books up there......"

Most of the 1277 books?


message 27: by JazzyCat (new)

JazzyCat AudryT wrote: "Never tried to vote on Goodreads before. Here goes."

Same here! I'm brand new to this place! :3


message 28: by [deleted user] (new)

The Ballad of Young Tam Lin by Patricia A. LeslieBest of all, the writing is even better than the cover.


message 29: by [deleted user] (new)

As far as the Fallen series goes, I think Passion (Fallen, #3) by Lauren Kate has the prettiest cover.


message 30: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Buthayna wrote: "I hated the Hollow cover. I read the book and it was amazing , but I pictured abbey to be more Beautiful and without all this make-up which by the way looks scary."

Glad to know i wasnt the only one who thought the cover was off. The cover ruined my impression of her. Thank goodness i downloaded the book and didnt see the cover first.


The story line draws me in, The cover is the next thing i look at. If it has eye-appeal then maybe it will be a good read. Though this theory does not always work.


message 31: by Hermione (new)

Hermione Maria wrote: "It's interesting how almost all the books on this list have dark, haunting covers."

They attract the most attention. (:


message 32: by Xela (new)

Xela I think it's funny that the top 10 books on this list are all written badly, with terrible romance and spineless heroines.

In fact, on further inspection, it seems like most of this list (with the exception of a few) is a bunch of terrible books. Maybe that's why they're on this list: because they looked better than they actually were.


message 33: by TheOneAndOnlySam (new)

TheOneAndOnlySam well said Xela, but i reckon quite a few of these books are good reads. for example hush hush was one of my faves till i discovered tiger's curse by colleen houck. but twilight has a horrible cover and a weird and not so good story to match


message 34: by Hermione (new)

Hermione Honestly, Hush, Hush was great, but when I read it a second time, it totally flattened my high expectations. I don't know why, but I just ... I dunno. It wasn't as interesting.

And though the Tiger's Curse has a splendid and beautiful cover, I found the book boring.

I suppose what's in the book is just a matter of opinion, but I think our views will not be so diverse on talking about the beauty of the covers. :)


message 35: by TheOneAndOnlySam (new)

TheOneAndOnlySam yeah, covers on books are pretty much the yes or no to should i or shouldn't i. but a lot of book that i have read, are horrible covers, but then the story itself was amazing, and vice versa. it all really depends on what u like to read


message 36: by Hermione (new)

Hermione Exactly! You totally summed up my words better than I could myself. xD


message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

They say we should'nt judge books by their covers,but thats what most of us do anyway,because covers are made to pique the interest of potential readers


message 38: by Chimney (new)

Chimney It's horrible, but I tend to judge a book by its cover nearly all the time. It is the deciding factor usually when I have several books I want to get, yet can only get one or two of them.


message 39: by Hermione (new)

Hermione ^ Yes!! Finally someone other than me that judges books by covers!!


message 40: by Chimney (last edited Apr 27, 2012 07:44PM) (new)

Chimney A cover is part of the package, plus I love to pull them off the shelf and admire them. :)


message 41: by Hermione (new)

Hermione Exactly. (: Covers are supposed to eye-catching for me if I want to pick up the book.

And if the story's good, it goes in my to-read list!


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message 43: by Josephene (new)

Josephene Stull Love this cover. The old truck, barn animals, and hot woman is right on with the Witches, Bitches, and Good Ol' Boys title.


message 44: by Josephene (new)

Josephene Stull I love this cover. The old truck, barn animals, and sexy woman is right on with the Witches, Bitches, and Good Ol' Boys title.


message 45: by Alexia (new)

Alexia Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvaterthis is the best book ever READ it


message 46: by FB (new)

FB Love the idea because it is soooo true!!!!!


message 47: by hailah (new)

hailah ahmed I love all these book's


message 48: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Lee Though I'd consider myself a fan, I always thought that the covers to the Mortal Instruments were really ugly. I like the Infernal Devices but I would have never picked up City of Bones if I hadn't read reviews beforehand.
I think that the paperback cover for Ash (Malinda Lo) is a lot cooler looking.
And I've always loved the covers of Shiver.
Also this is probably the only time I will ever vote for twilight. And fallen and Hush Hush. Such pretty covers for such horrible books.


message 49: by Ccheung (new)

Ccheung The pattern is that most these books only have one word.


message 50: by Lauren (new)

Lauren The Hush Hush cover is awesome. But the actual book sucks.


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