Confession – I judge books.
I know there is the age old idiom ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but I do.
Books are my escape. I step in to my local bookstore, thousands of books line the shelves from floor to ceiling. I wander through the aisles, past tables piled high with mounds of books, waiting for a cover to grab my attention. Some are familiar titles and bring to mind nostalgic memories of my childhood, being snuggled under the covers reading till way past my bedtime. Others are new titles that have had rave reviews, they are on my to-read / to-buy list, (a wish list that lasts over 20 pages on a certain website). These books I am able to order online. I know what I am looking for.
I enter the book store to find something new. A book I haven’t heard of elsewhere. I browse the shelves, selecting individual books that stand out and read the blurbs.So you see, I judge books.I think to a certain extent we all do. There is no plausible way to go in to a bookshop and read every blurb before buying a book. Something from a book has to stand out for you to pick it off the shelf, whether that’s the title, the author’s name, the spine, the typography, or in some cases the cover (when they’re facing forward).
I am slightly obsessive about my books, I like all my series to have the same style cover. It really bugs me when midway through the series the cover art changes style. I then need to purchase the other books again so they match!
I have also been known to purchase books I already own because I prefer the new cover. The ‘Booktube’ community often has ‘pretty spines‘ or ‘beautiful book covers’ videos. I find it reassuring that I am not the only one who has this OCD about books.
I thought I would share some of my favourite book covers that I own.
1 – The 75th Anniversary Edition of ‘The Hobbit’ by J. R. R. Tolkien.
2 – ‘The Gift’ by Cecelia Ahern
3 – ‘Jane of Lantern Hill’ by L. M. Montgomery
This was a recent purchase, the typography on the spine caught my attention and when I saw this stunning illustration on the front, I had to have it.
4 – ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell
The simplicity of this cover was what drew my attention. I love the depiction of the characters.
5 – ‘North and South’ by Elizabeth Gaskell
A story set around the cotton industry. What could be simpler than having spools of cotton on the cover? This is a favourite of the Penguin English Library covers though I love how they look together on a shelf.
There you have it, five of my favourite book covers.
Do you judge books by their covers and have covers you love?