I judge books by their covers….

Now that the holiday season has passed, I had to do some rearranging of my bookshelf. Tuff job, believe it or not. I started to notice a trend in my books as I pulled them off and placed them in there stacked piles where they waited until I contemplated there new home.

I noticed, that a few of my books have the same concept design on the cover. Which really got me thinking do I judge books by their covers? Yes, yes I do. I seem to be more drawn to certain covers.

Then came the test. Yes, I made a test of it. I checked out my Goodreads recommends. (Not a good idea if you wish to stop the ever growing TBR) On this list, I realized that with the covers alone, I would read the synopsis for books that caught my eye and again they seemed to fall into the same types of covers. Obviously, we all know they say, “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but how can you not. It’s the first impression you get, you see the cover before you even read the title.

So I compiled a list of what seems to catch my eye the most.

  1. Hidden/ Half Faces

    The whole hidden/half face concepts really get me going. I love to be able to get a glimpse what the author chooses to resemble a character in their book. But it goes deeper than that, especially if the focal is a strong eye. After all staring into someone’s eyes is like seeing their soul. There just so much mystery to it, why only half a face, why hide that part, what does the rest look like. It leaves me wanting to at the most read the synopsis.

  2. Butterflies

    The butterfly. It just screams growth. We all know how butterflies come about, starting as a caterpillar, forms a cocoon then wala a beautiful decorative butterfly emerges. That’s usually what inside the books I’ve read with a butterfly on them. The character’s growth is symbolized by the butterfly.

  3. Time

    This one I can’t really explain, There really is just something about time draws me in. Maybe it’s because we all have run on time, maybe its cause I’m a huge fan of deadlines ( weird I know), but time whether it be hosted as a wristwatch a large clock or a pocket watch, time calls to me.

  4. Gowns

    Who doesn’t love the look of a beautiful gown? For me, it could be a full shot of it, a close-up or something in the middle of the both of them but a gown on the cover, I am a sucker for. I read books just because the cover had a beautiful gown on it ( not my best call). I call it Cinderella Syndrome. Just wanting to live in the fantasy world.


So what do you find captures you eye?


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  1. This is very interesting that you analyzed what you love to be on the cover of books! Thinking about myself, I also do judge books by their cover. A book with good visuals and good content is always a must-read.


  2. I am very visual and do really pay attention to book covers and movie posters. Very often a bad or a boring cover puts me off, which is not always relevant to the plot. I love mystery, gothic horrors so anything with dark street of a XIX century London always catches my attention. I also love faces, again anything that suggest the characters are set in a dark, mysterious settings speaks to me best.


    1. I agree the book I am currently reading, The Aqueous Transmission, the cover I do not find appealing at all, and honestly it is one I probably would have overlooked on a shelf or online, but the book itself is just remarkable.
      Faces always seem to draw me in as well.


  3. It is so obvious that most of the readers usually judge a book seeingvits cover. I generally get alluded to any book if it contains colourful book cover.. Book cover that reveals that the content is going to be womancentric and her /their imosions and struggles also attracts me…


    1. I agree with you 100&. If we’d walk into a book store not knowing the title of a book we want, we’d depend on our eyes to find what appears to be interesting.


  4. Such an interesting read, I think thee covers of books are often what draws us in and so I think we would end up having lots with similar covers – my bookshelf would be the same.


  5. After I did some thinking, I judge a book by its cover, too. I like when the cover picture is full of emotions, when it shows some beautiful people or landscapes. If the cover is boring for me, I assume the book will be boring, too… How bad is that 😀


    1. hahaha,. Everyone says they don’t do it. Prior to me switching my bookshelf around I would have said the same thing. I just don’t understand why it’s so taboo to judge a cover. Its always a great the discovery when the book is amazing but the cover in dull.


  6. I love this post 🙂 I’m a huge bookworm and we go to the library every 2 weeks and bring home a huge pile of books… As I walk down the aisles I often grab a book to read simply because the cover catches my eye 🙂 I’ve found some great new authors that way 🙂


  7. I agree, but an added thought. Books can be like people… a cool cover can snag your attention and pull you in like a magnet, but I’ve read some books with beautiful covers that were as dull as dishwater inside – like a bimbo… And I’ve read exciting and fresh stories with a lackluster cover – like a geeky girl. So I try to stay open. 😉


  8. You went and threw the time old saying right out the window! I think I judge books based on their covers too. I tend to read more on my phone these days as I don’t have room for too many books right now but I know I pick which one to find out more about based on the cover. Maybe I shouldn’t, I might find a gem I might not read otherwise!


  9. Book covers are so important because I think we all judge the book by them. I’m not sure that I have a trend to the ones I choose, but I know that I definitely pay attention to it.


  10. Oh my goodness, this is the most unique post idea I’ve seen and you’re really making me think! I haven’t sorted out my books for a book shelf yet but now I’m trying to think if there is a theme to the way my books look! I tend to mostly buy by author right now. I think I’ll be paying a lot more attention to covers now…


    1. I’m glad that you enjoyed it, I don’t usually shop by authors, I have a few that are my go to, but otherwise I just base it off the synopsis of the novel.


    1. Bright colors, I’ve yet to find a cover though that captures all of them. I don’t know how I would feel about everything splashed on one cover at once.


  11. Post-Christmas bookshelf-rearranging is a real thing! There should be a day appointed only for that activity.

    I also judge by the cover. Not sure whether I have favourite themes, but I like covers with birds (crows, first of all), foxes and intricate designs. What won’t attract my attention are neon colours and wild designs. Nothing that looks like it is filled with superfluous drama.


    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one that considers it a real thing. My family thought I was nuts, they just kept telling me to fill in the empty space. I haven’t yet thought of what doesn’t draw me in. I guess books I bypass, I’ll have to really put some thought into that one.


  12. This is really interesting! I don’t get as much time to myself to read these days, but I used to find that I was always really drawn to books with a ‘pretty’ or striking font in the title. Seemed like such a silly thing, but reading your post and all of the comments here, it’s apparently not so silly after all. It does make me wonder how many amazing books I’ve overlooked because of their more basic font choice in the title!


  13. Oh, my! Where the same, I judge books by their covers too!! I don’t know why but I really like it. I really love seeing those books cover.


  14. I will admit I definitely judge a book by its cover. The cover is what catches my eye and intrigues me to pick it up and read the first page. If I like the first page then I buy it and read it. Thanks for sharing, I need to read more.


    1. If I’m short on time I read just the synopsis, otherwise I do first chapter, If I can’t get into a groove after chapter reading chapter 1 then it usually doesn’t go any further than that.

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  15. I guess for me would be time. It catches my eyes fast for I’m certainly intrigued what’s about time that the story uses for. All the thoughts about the story of a book revolves in a certain period of time or there’s something uncommon behind the story that involves time. Its true its hard to explain lol.

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