For a long time now I have been sharing attractive book covers via my Cover Love series of blog posts. You know… those books that have covers that attract the reader, make them pick the book up, read the blurb, etc.
For this post I’m sharing with you the very opposite.
In this post I’m sharing with you some of the covers that I would NEVER pick up on the basis of the cover alone. Mind you, I would never be so superficial as to dismiss the book entirely, but it would take someone else’s recommendation or several superb reviews to entice me. Some of the following covers I find distasteful, some make me cringe, and some are just so-so, and do not appeal to me personally. If there was a huge stack of books listed as free in a bookstore, these are ones I would NOT take home with me. I know that many of these are likely fine novels, and that some of them might even be spectacular novels, but they are ones that repel me and I would need coaxing to read if I only saw the cover.
As I said, if it was cover alone I would not pick these. However, I realize that some of these books ARE good – some are already ON my TBR list. Of course, sometimes it is the author’s name that attracts me to a novel. If I like the author’s work enough, I’d buy the book even if I hated the cover.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
I also realize that beauty IS in the eye of the beholder. For that reason I pose the following three questions:
- Do you find any of the above covers attractive enough that you would pick up the book?
- Do any of the above cover repel you?
- Have you read any of these books and liked it enough to recommend it to me? Why?