What’s the cover got to say?

Book covers. We are told to “never judge a book by it’s cover” and we probably should not. Many people are visual people though. I try often to look at the title before I look at anything else. I love the sections of the book stores and libraries where all I see is the binding of the book and with the title and author’s name. The title speaks to me first. I once picked up a book called Cinderella is Evil, that is an interesting title. I flipped it over to read the blurb and wow did it really sound intriguing. The story was being told from one of the step-sister’s point-of-view. This was a book that I had to get for my daughter. If I had gone by the cover art I would not have picked up this book. It was a girl with blonde hair in a purple dress (I think it was purple) walking in an open field. There was nothing eye catching about it. The most interesting thing on that cover was the title!

On the flip side of that there have been books where I have seen the cover browsing through the kindle store or even through Facebook pages. The covers were incredible. They captured my attention and I wanted to read that book without even knowing what it was about. There were a few cases where if I had looked at the title alone I may have never checked the blurb.

Really it all comes down to the entire package. Though I have to keep in mind that not everyone can afford a cover artist so they do it on their own. Sometimes the cover artists vision of the book does not match up with the authors vision of the book. I try not to pass judgment based on cover art. If that title catches my attention though I am reading that blurb.

What are some books that have some of your favorite covers?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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5 Responses to What’s the cover got to say?

  1. jeff7salter says:

    titles are big with me also.
    Even better when the cover has both a compelling title and striking art.


  2. I agree with Jeff, although there are many plain books that have lost their dust jacket that get my attention.I like a good title.


    • jeff7salter says:

      good point, here are many books I’ve bought and read and loved and never even seen the dust jackets until perhaps years later (if ever at all).


  3. pjharjo says:

    You asked, “What are some books that have some of your favorite covers?” I hate to tell you this, Angela, but my books have some of my favorite covers on them. 🙂 But you’re right; a great cover will first attract a reader’s attention. Then its gotta be a great title and compelling blurb. I enjoyed your article 🙂


  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    If I’m just browsing, I guess it’s the cover art that gets me to stop. The title gets me to pick it up and turn it over. The blurb then seals the deal. All three have to work together, but it’s definitely the cover that gets me to pause long enough to check it out.


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