Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – J

JJ is for Judging a book by its cover

That age old idiom of not judging something by the way it looks alone; not only applicable to books but in all areas of life.

Back to books…I think I tend to judge a book by its cover in those first few seconds that I see it but if I was tempted enough to pick it up to buy it I would always the blurb first and see if it sounds like something I’ll like; I wouldn’t buy or dismiss based on the cover alone. Ultimately I think the cover is there to make you pick it up but also needs to give you a hint to the book’s story.

One of my biggest error of judgements I made in terms of covers was  Me Before You  by Jojo Moyes.

Book Review: Me Before You by JoJo MoyesFrom its pink, fluffy looking girly cover I made the assumption that this would be a typical run of the mill chick lit novel but couldn’t have been more wrong. If you haven’t read it, it has a much deeper, moral theme throughout and was a book I really enjoyed.

judgeDo you judge books by their covers? Would a cover ever put you off buying the book?

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  1. 11th April 2015 / 10:10 am

    As much as we shouldn’t, I definitely judge books by their cover. Books are a whole package, I think, the cover is a very big part of it. I’m a sucker for a pretty cover – it definitely makes me wanna buy the book more! Xx

    • 11th April 2015 / 4:35 pm

      Very good point Jenny about books being a whole package – I like that! 🙂

  2. 11th April 2015 / 3:15 pm

    Not even notebooks should be judged by their cover. Books even more so 🙂

  3. 11th April 2015 / 7:13 pm

    I have bypassed books in the past if I didn’t like the cover, shallow I know but the cover can put me off! 🙂

    • 15th April 2015 / 12:24 pm

      I think we all do it Angie, especially if we’re browsing and not looking for something in particular 🙂

  4. fayenorth
    11th April 2015 / 11:07 pm

    A cover wouldn’t necessarily make me pass on a book but it certainly helps me to zero in on the kinds of books I like to read. I love armchair travel fiction so any book cover that suggests France, Italy, Greece etc. really gets my attention. It’s helped me find some great new authors.

    Faye at Destination: Fiction

    • 16th April 2015 / 12:50 pm

      Thanks Faye for your thoughts – I’ll be dropping by your blog too 🙂

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