No matter how much we all know that covers and content don't necessarily match quality-wise (and sometimes don't match at all, for better or for worse), we still let book covers influence us!
And it usually takes a few strong recommendations from trusted readers/reviewers to convince us to give an unpretty (or unappealing-to-us) book a try.
And even when we add those unattractively-covered books to our TBR piles, don't they usually sink to the bottom in favor of the pretty-covered books? And with limited reading time, who knows when we'll get to them!
(You know you're all nodding along with me.)
But it's sooooo what's on the inside that counts! Anyone who's dropped twenty-plus dollars on a gorgeous hardcover only to find they couldn't read past chapter three knows what I'm talking about. (But golly, it looks so pretty collecting dust on your bookshelf!)
Here's what I'm asking of you: Share in the comments one or two (or three or fifteen) books that you read and loved DESPITE finding the cover less than shiny. I want to get past my judging instincts, and the best way is via hearty recommendations!
My most shameful example: The Hunger Games. I lived A YEAR without reading that book because of the darn cover! (Actually, because of the font! I loathe the font!) But thankfully, all the awesome reviews knocked some sense into me.*
|Why, font, why???|
Can't wait for your recommendations!
Ok, I have more to ask of people who have e-readers: Do you find yourself more open to books with unattractive covers now that you buy electronic versions? I listen to audiobooks (which sometimes have different (and occasionally HORRENDOUS) covers than their printed versions), and the covers still influence me!
Addendum: Stacked (excellent blog!) actually just did an awesome post on books with recent dramatic cover changes in the hardcover-to-paperback transition, how they impact the feel of the book, and which work/don't for the writer, Kelly. Well worth it for you to check out!
* So I have nooo idea what the Hunger Games movie posters will look like, but I just imagine the mockingjay pin/arrow symbol with the black and gray background, and just the release date. Like, BAM this movie is so awesome and enormously anticipated that the posters don't even need a title. Yes? No?