This week’s Book Blogger Hop question is the silliest ever.
Are you ready? The silliness of it will blow your mind. Put on your anti-mind-blowing helmet for extra protection.
Have you ever bought a book because you liked its cover art?
I’m just going to wait here a moment while everyone in the room raises their hand.
This one was added by the host of the hop, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. I’m being a little mean about it, but honestly? Have you ever met a reader who hasn’t said, at least once, “Yeah, I really liked the cover so I thought I’d give it a go”? NO. NO YOU HAVEN’T.
Covers are the #1 trick in the book marketing biz
There’s a reason why there are so many different covers on different editions of books. We’re a visual people and we like pretty things.
As for me, I grab books by their cover art all the time. They pop up on Goodreads as “You just finished The Handmaid’s Tale! Here are some other books you might like!” and I’m just like “Yup, okay, all of them.”
As for buying the book, though? I’m SO GUILTY about this at liquidation sales and the like.
When Borders went out of business here, I spent all my extra pennies from a MONTH of paychecks buying whatever books were decently priced. I was a college student at time and living at home, so my bills were fairly minimal. A lot of those books, I still have. I read them and ended up loving them. Eyes Like Stars comes to mind and I will advocate for the beauty of that cover until the end of time. I also picked up An Abundance of Katherines for the cover (although I’d heard I ought to try John Green), and The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. All of these books I loved, so impulse cover buys might not always be a bad thing!