I was in a bookstore recently and saw Wildwood
by Colin Melot in the kids’ section. It was on the bottom shelf, nowhere near my line of sight, but it jumped out at me with its delectably gorgeous cover. I stopped, picked it up, turned it over several times, ran my hands over the cover, read the dust jacket copy, and called out to my friend to come and look at this beautiful book. Then I bought it, even though the stack of books on my “to-read” shelf is growing unwieldy.
All because of the cover.
Yes, it’s true, I judge books by their cover. I don’t know how many times I have bought a book based solely on the cover art (and a quick read of the dust jacket … sometimes). Usually in hardcover. Here are some of the titles I’ve purchased based on this questionable criteria (and, yes, some of them are still on my “to read” shelf – but they sure look pretty there).
What do you look for in a book cover? And which books have you bought as much for their outer beauty as for their inner goodness?
Jodi McIsaac is the author of
Through the Door, the first book in a new urban fantasy series inspired by Celtic mythology. Buy it here.