Booking Through Thursday – Cover Story

This week on BTT:

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but there’s no question that it can make a difference!

What book(s) have your favorite covers? Something that’s perfect for the story, the tone, the colors, the mood…

And did you pick up the book BECAUSE of the cover? Or were you going to read it anyway, and the cover was just serendipitous?

I have picked up books based on the cover, but I haven’t done it in a long time. I now usually pick the book based on reviews or word of mouth. I do like a good cover though.

Since I have read a lot of classics, I like a lot of the publishers of classic book sellers. My favourite edition of classic books is the hard cover Everyman’s Editions. I also really love the Penguin covers as they always pick out the right design and photo. I like the new prints they have for the Austen and Bronte books too.

Some of the best covers I’ve seen are, unsurprisingly, from graphic novels like Blankets or Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series.

Most of the time, books have good or OK covers and there aren’t many that I dislike really or find off putting for books. Publishers must sell books so they are much more careful about book covers than say, people who make movies. You’re more likely to see bad movie posters than bad book covers I think.


  1. jessicabookworm says:

    I don’t think I would let a bad or meh cover put me off reading a book, but I have found some surprising reads from being drawn in by a great cover. I really love the covers for the Vintage classics.

    • athena says:

      Hi Jessica! I wouldn’t be put off by an average cover either and most covers aren’t really bad per se. I usually pick up a book because I knew about it in advance or the author. I also agree that I have been drawn in by a great cover, it’s a good way of exploring new books. Have a good week!

    • athena says:

      Hi Lizzy! Why don’t you like reading them? Is it the comic dialogue format you’re not into? There are some lovely visuals in some of them though. Thanks for commenting!

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