Judging a Book by its Cover

Please don’t try to convince me you don’t. We all do. Especially when it comes to books. And as a graphic designer, I find myself analyzing covers more than most.

Two days ago I had the pleasure of browsing the MG/YA shelves of Hastings in Coeur d’Alene. Our whole family loves this store because they seriously have something for everyone: books, music, movies, and used versions of all of that as well as new. I wasn’t looking for a specific book, just taking in what was there and picking up books that appealed to me.

Right now my favorite cover has to be this one.

I love the colors, the ethereal beauty of the people, the way her hair and dress are billowing, the way their hands are reaching for each other but not quite making it. And of course the stars. I’m always fascinated by stars. This cover tells a story all on its own. It makes me want to read it.

But I haven’t bought it yet. Maybe when it comes out in paperback, but even then I might wait. Know why? It’s a series. And I’m done with reading book one of a series and waiting a year or two for the next book to come out. And another year or two for the next. Once they’re all available, I’ll start. So in the meantime, if you’ve read it, no spoilers!

This book also intrigued me from the moment I glimpsed the cover.

I love the font choice, the way the title is laid out, the way the girl seems to be staring down the city, the way her yellow dress stands boldly against the elegant buildings. And interestingly, as soon as I realized that this is a historical novel, the fact that her hair is down spoke volumes. This girl is a rebel.

So I bought it. Gorgeous cover, stand alone book, strong heroine. Exactly what I’m looking for. With a school break coming up next week, I’m looking forward to plenty of reading time and this is at the top of my pile.

What draws you into a cover? Did either of these attract you?

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