I have a confession to make: I totally judge books by their covers. Not in a bad way. I’ve never not read a book because of its cover. But every once in a while, a really stunning cover will intrigue me so much that it’ll sway me to give the book a chance.
Now, I know authors have very little control over cover art, but it still impresses me when artists manage to capture the voice and spirit of an author’s work.
Here are some covers that convinced me to go on and read the books:
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – That shattered lollipop. What’s not to love?! I’d read The Husband’s Secret and enjoyed Moriarty’s writing, but this cover pushed it over the top. I’m now a Liane Moriarty fangirl.
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel – This cover is so beautiful and mysterious, especially given the novel is an adult dystopian about the end of civilization. BTW, this book is a must. It’s all about the importance of art in society, even when there isn’t really a society left.
Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker – I discovered this series a few years ago and, while I was hooked on the premise, it was the fashionable footwear on the cover that sold me. Turns out, the story is just as solid. (Seriously, I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys edgier cozies).
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée-Ahdieh – This cover kept drawing me in until I finally plucked it off the shelf, skimmed the blurb, and then proceeded to read the whole thing. A retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, this was a fascinating and original YA fantasy.
In the Woods by Tana French – I’d heard good things about Tana French but wasn’t completely sold on her Dublin Murder Squad Series until I saw the cover. It’s just so cool and eerie and, as it turns out, captures French’s noir voice perfectly.
Do you judge books by their covers? Have you discovered a truly phenomenal book because the cover intrigued you?