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message 1: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments So this topic is devoted to the topic of Covers. Have you ever decided to or decided not to read a book based on it's cover? I do it all the time. A good cover can catch my eye and my interest. So what covers attract you and which repel you? Is there anyone like me who gets annoyed when the cover girl or guy does not match the story? What about major errors like when the character in the book is of African American descent yet the picture on the cover is a blue eyed blond? Obviously you can't always judge a book by it's cover. Heck, you can't always trust them. So do you wish authors had more say about covers? I'm sure many authors are pleased with their covers, but I think I'd be a little upset if they got something majorly incorrect.

Also, do you have any favorite covers? If so please share.


message 2: by Sans (new)

Sans I definitely judge a book by it's cover. Y'know those friend update emails GR sends out in the mornings? I tend to skim and just look at the covers. If one catches my eye, I'll click on it to see what the synopsis is and usually end up added it to my exponentially growing TBR shelf.

I also have a small obsession with Johanna Lindsey's old book covers.


message 3: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Sans, You still need to tell me which covers you like so if I spot them I can get them for you.


message 4: by Sans (new)

Sans D'oh! I totally forgot! I need to update my wishlist and which books I own. I'll PM you in a day or two!


message 5: by Galla (new)

Galla | 110 comments Some covers I love!

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie Guilty Pleasures by Kitty Thomas Spiderwork (In Flagrante Apocalypto, #2) by L.K. Rigel

I don't think a great cover will necessarily make me more likely to read a book, but it might make the book more likely to end up on my radar in the first place.

There are times when I dislike a cover so much that the book gets pushed back in my reading timeline. Example:
On the Edge (The Edge, #1) by Ilona Andrews

And it's a very good book--but the cover is made of cheese.

Weird cover quirk: I have a thing against too many shirtless dudes with washboard abs popping up in a row on my update feed, lol.


message 6: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Galla, I agree. There are way too many shirtless dudes with washboard abs showing up on covers. I had to buy a book cover because my hubby was starting to get a bit of a complex with all the books I was reading with shirtless men.lol I may like to read romances, but I prefer the more conservative covers.

The following are some of my favorite covers. I love the picture plus, the fact that the cover has clues as to what will happen in the book:

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2) by Jennifer Estep Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3) by Jennifer Estep

I'll add more later.


message 7: by Lisarenee (last edited Dec 22, 2010 04:58AM) (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Here are some covers from a some covers from a couple of books by Lysay Sands that I know from her website the original covers she didn't like. What do you guys think? Which do you like best from the three different covers? BTW the first book cover is the original.

Single White Vampire's three different covers:
Single White Vampire (Argeneau, #3) by Lynsay Sands Single White Vampire (Argeneau, #3) by Lynsay Sands Single White Vampire (Argeneau, #3) by Lynsay Sands

Love Bites' three different covers:
Love Bites (Argeneau, #2) by Lynsay Sands Love Bites (Argeneau, #2) by Lynsay Sands Love Bites (Argeneau, #2) by Lynsay Sands


message 8: by Sans (new)

Sans I like the middle covers. The guys in the third covers aren't doing much for me.


message 9: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments I agree. I like it when they don't show the faces. I'd rather form my own thoughts as to what the guy looks like. The first cover looks a bit cartoonish and seems like something young children would read rather than an adult.


message 10: by Galla (new)

Galla | 110 comments Interesting cover comparison, Lisa! The first ones don't catch my eye at all. The second do, though I'm not in love with the way the title/author bar cuts off the images. It's eye-catching, but in a way that makes the info bar and images compete with each other.

The guy on the third covers, while good-looking, would only turn my head in real life. In a bookstore, I wouldn't look twice at those covers unless I'd already heard good things about the title.


message 11: by Arch (new)

Arch  | 133 comments Lisarenee, I'm not a fan of paranormal, but if I had to choose a cover I would go with the cartoon cover for Single White Vampire and for and for Love's Bite, I would go with the third book.


message 12: by Sashana (new)

Sashana The saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover," is somewhat old school. I think it's only half true. How can you not judge a book by the cover when the cover is the first thing you see? But the cover doesn't mean the book is good. So it's 50/50. And I think YA books, without a doubt, has the best covers (in this day and age). To me, covers are like works of art. The thinks that they do with graphic design and photography sometimes leave me breathless.


message 13: by Sans (new)

Sans Niquae, that's one of the great things about the ereader revolution: no more embarrassing covers! I think we were discussing it in one of the threads here a couple weeks ago.


message 14: by Galla (new)

Galla | 110 comments New cover love!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


message 15: by Lisarenee (last edited Jul 27, 2011 07:53AM) (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Photobucket
The first lines on Goodreads description for this book are:
He was looking for a killer. What he found was a woman who turned his lonely world upside down-and touched him as no other woman had ever done.

I'm sorry but it made me laugh. I bet I can guess how she touched him.....

Do you like this cover? Is it too much?


message 16: by Aneeqah (last edited Jul 27, 2011 09:27AM) (new)

Aneeqah | 322 comments Not my type of cover, lol.

Here are a few of my favorite covers:

Divergent by Veronica Roth Shine by Lauren Myracle Incarceron (Incarceron, #1) by Catherine Fisher Unearthly (Unearthly, #1) by Cynthia Hand Entwined by Heather Dixon Sapphique (Incarceron, #2) by Catherine Fisher Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1) by Melissa Marr Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3) by Rachel Hawkins .... and more.

Wow, I didn't realize I had so many favorite covers!!

I really do judge a book by its cover. If it has a pretty cover, it almost always goes on my TBR, and it will usually get read too. If a book has an ugly cover, I usually won't read it... I can't help it!


message 17: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments There are some really beautiful ones out there. You picked some of my favorites. I have to admit some of the ones that were included in the Goodreads cover selections had me scratching my head. I didn't see how they rated so high.


message 18: by Aneeqah (new)

Aneeqah | 322 comments Yes, defiantly! It makes me wonder what people think a beautiful cover is. I have mixed feelings about this one, but what do you think?
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick
It's been rated pretty high in the Beautiful Book Cover lists.


message 19: by Frankie (new)

Frankie The cover of a book is important, especailly when i'm looking for a new author. But i would never buy a book purly on the cover.

I hat it when they have an actor/character on the front of the book. I feel it can spoil my view of the character. especailly when the actor is nothing like the character i feel like i've miss interpreted the writer. It also really annoys me when they change the actor/model and they look completly different when there playing the same character. (its not like iw would be hard to hired the same person).

Another thing that annoys me is in series book when the publisher will change the style of cover half way through the series. kelley Armstrong women of the otherworld series had quite good cover they had a dark and interesting edge, now 4 books from the end they're made them quite plain. It upsets my shelf ocd as well.

I have started to move away from YA and am reading more romance novels. Whist i love looking at the covers, I feel so embrassed when I buy the book.

also a general cover that i'm sure you all agree with is movie covers should be band! and they should stick to the orginal.


message 20: by Jex (new)

Jex (jexball) | 2227 comments I would love to say I don't judge a book by its cover, but I totally do. What can I say, I like pretty pictures. I never not read something because the cover is bad, I'm just more likely to pick it up off a shelf and read the synopsis if its pretty vs one that isn't. A couple I've read recently that I loved the covers:
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate Torment (Fallen, #2) by Lauren Kate Passion (Fallen, #3) by Lauren Kate
Ok...so maybe I haven't read them...but perty


message 21: by Frankie (new)

Frankie Jex wrote: "I would love to say I don't judge a book by its cover, but I totally do. What can I say, I like pretty pictures. I never not read something because the cover is bad, I'm just more likely to pick it..."

Fallen has a beauiful cover, its one of the things that made me look it up, but the actual story isn't that good. Passion isn't as nice as the others its more cartoonie.


message 22: by Kayla (new)

Kayla | 27 comments I have a shelf called "covers-i-love"

Here are some of my favorites:
Hereafter (Hereafter, #1) by Tara Hudson Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) by Beth Revis A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2) by Beth Revis The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2) by Susan Beth Pfeffer Nightshade (Nightshade, #1) by Andrea Cremer Die for Me (Revenants, #1) by Amy Plum Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate Torment (Fallen, #2) by Lauren Kate

There are so many others


message 23: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Those are nice covers.


message 24: by Sashana (last edited Nov 24, 2011 09:20PM) (new)

Sashana Sometimes I feel like pointing and saying "Ohhh, pretty cover." I haven't read the blurb yet but I want to read this one. Just for the cover.

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And this one!
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message 25: by Sashana (new)

Sashana You know when I was younger I wanted my own library but now I'm thinking I want a room with all of my favorite covers framed. Weird, I know.


message 26: by Midu (new)

Midu Hadi | 2744 comments @ Sashan:
Oooh pretty! lol


message 27: by Sashana (new)

Sashana I know right?!


message 28: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments Sashana, that's not a bad idea! Why not have a library with your favorite colors framed? Get both of them in one package!


message 29: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Rachel wrote: "Sashana, that's not a bad idea! Why not have a library with your favorite colors framed? Get both of them in one package!"

I knew I liked you for a reason ;) lol


message 30: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments :) And that is supposed to be covers*. Sorry I was braindead from working black friday.


message 31: by Lisa Kay (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 15159 comments Those are gorgeous, Sashana! And I love the framed cover idea.


message 32: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Thanks, Lisa Kay!

Rachel, I didn't even notice lol. I must have been brain dead too.


message 33: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Some of my favorite so far this year.
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) | 4671 comments Covers always attract me to books, I have a "thing" with them. If it's a boring cover there's much less chance I'll pick it up to see the back blurb.


message 35: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Erin wrote: "Covers always attract me to books, I have a "thing" with them. If it's a boring cover there's much less chance I'll pick it up to see the back blurb."

Ditto. Which I suppose makes me a bit shallow, but I'll own up to it :)


message 36: by Laura (new)

Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments I just saw this thread. Here are some covers of books that got put on my TBR list simply because I loved the cover.

Watched  by Sharde Richardson

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1) by Jessica Spotswood

Debutantes by Cora Harrison


message 37: by Stefani (new)

Stefani (steffiebaby140) | 807 comments Admittedly I am a cover ho, I have made decisions to read a book based entirely on the cover without even knowing what the book was about. I am rarely disappointed with that method actually.

Some covers that nearly made me drool in the middle of the bookstore:

Struck (Struck, #1) by Jennifer Bosworth
Infected by Scott Sigler
Liquid Fear by Scott Nicholson
Immortal City (Immortal City, #1) by Scott Speer - this was a disappointment, the cover sucked me in and I fell in love with it and then the book sucked lol.


message 38: by Laura (new)

Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments I bought Struck too! I also loved the cover, but I read the premise first before I bought it.


message 39: by Danie (new)

Danie (heyydanie) | 65 comments I'm such a cover junkie. I know I'm not supposed to, but if a book has a beautiful cover, I'll buy it. I know that's really awful, but I can't help it.


message 40: by Laura (new)

Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments I want a room with book quotes.

I am going to have canvases made with these two from two of my favorite books.

1.Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor!
2.You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

I will add more as I collect them and then I am going to hang them in my office/library.


message 41: by Sashana (new)

Sashana The cover of Struck reminds me of Partials for some reason. I am hesitant to read it because of that.

I was disappointed by Born Wicked but the cover is still one of my faves.


message 42: by Laura (new)

Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments Awww, sad to know you were disappointed.

I agree there is something about Struck that reminds me of Partials, but the premise is so different. I am going to give it a go.


Robin (Saturndoo) (robinsaturndoo) | 880 comments I am a cover lover.....I judge books by the cover. IF it catches my eye it usually ends up on the TBR and eventually in my hands being read. Recently one of my biggest let downs was this one. It was the biggest learn nothing,know nothing, told me nothing and after reading it I still have no clue what the whole point/plot was to this book, or even if it had one. BUT I loved the cover LOL Covers can be very deceiving.



Covers that turn me off are ones with SNAKES on them. I don't care how good the book is, if there is a snake on the cover, forget it, I won't read it. I HATE SNAKES and am deathly afraid of them.

Some of my favorite covers that I recently discovered are these:







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message 44: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Robin wrote: "I am a cover lover.....I judge books by the cover. IF it catches my eye it usually ends up on the TBR and eventually in my hands being read. Recently one of my biggest let downs was this one. It wa..."

It's hard not to judge a book by its cover because it is the first thing we see -- therefore it is our first impression of the book. I'm always a little bit more disappointed when a book with a beautiful cover disappoints me. I'm sorry that Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate didn't work out for you. I didn't like it either but I do love the cover.


message 45: by Sashana (new)

Sashana I think Cassandra Clare has some of the most beautiful covers but her books do nothing for me. I've tried reading some of them on multiple occasions but I can never get to the middle, much less the end.
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One of my favorite covers so far this year was Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. I didn't dislike the story but I was slightly disappointed. The cover out shined the story IMO.
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Robin (Saturndoo) (robinsaturndoo) | 880 comments Sashana wrote: "Robin wrote: "I am a cover lover.....I judge books by the cover. IF it catches my eye it usually ends up on the TBR and eventually in my hands being read. Recently one of my biggest let downs was t..."

Whew Sashana ☺ I am glad that you didn't like Fallen either. The cover is beautiful and I'm still wondering WTH happened with the story LOL

I have some Cassandra Clare books on my TBR which I love the covers but will keep in mind that they may be a disappointment. Thanks for the heads up on these☺


message 47: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Robin wrote: "I have some Cassandra Clare books on my TBR which I love the covers but will keep in mind that they may be a disappointmentt..."

No problem! Most people seem to enjoy her books so hopefully you will too.


message 48: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Untitled

So I saw this cover and it made me giggle. It's a beautiful cover, but if I'm not mistaken she's clutching her purse in her right hand. He's half undressed and they appear to be on a sofa in front of a bed and she's clutching her purse? Is that so if he makes a wrong move she can clobber him over the head with it??? Sorry it just tickled me. Her other hand seems to be clenched in a fist. Has anyone read this book? Is there some significance to the purse being in the picture?


message 49: by Lisa Kay (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 15159 comments **hee hee** Oh, that is a good question, Lisarenee. Is it a purse? It might be a letter. Or some such. From the blurb, it looks like the heroine was writing things she shouldn't have. If it is a purse, I wonder if she has a roll of coins in there to make the clobbering more effective. ☺


message 50: by Lisarenee (last edited Sep 13, 2012 04:04PM) (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments I thought that might be the case too--that it was a letter, but when I enlarged the picture it looked more like a purse. I guess it could have gotten distorted when enlarged? If it is a letter, is he attempting to seduce it away from her? I can see it now...*fade to scene in bedroom*...
"If I take off my shirt to reveal my manly chest will you give me the letter?"

"Hmmm...I'd have to see your manly chest before I decide...Take off your shirt and we'll see."

"Okay," he says after stripping off his shirt, "can I have it now?'

"Oh, I don't know. I think you can do...(pause for dramatic effect)...Better." *grin*


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