Hi friends, happy Sunday! How was your week? Mine was fairly short thanks to days off so…well, I’m pretty happy ahah. I realized that it has been a while since I have done a book discussion post…So here I am again, ready to rant about my favorite thing in the world.
As a book blogger, and a lover of books in general, I get these pretties shoved in my face every.single.day. Not that I’m complaining here, I love it – but when comes the obvious time when I need to buy new books, my wallet does not. And when you get books shoved in your face, the first thing you look at is pretty obvious. Unless you have the amazing superpower of reading the back cover in two single seconds, first thing you eye register about the book, is actually the COVER. Whether you’re lucky enough to browse the books in a library, or like me, use Goodreads, Amazon, BookDepository and all of the blogs as an endless window to gush over all the books…Well, your eyes are instantly attracted by the cover of the book.
Let’s face it. We are all pretty shallow creatures drawn by beautiful shiny things. We are all Nifflers.
Whether the book is blue, black or white, whether the title is written in big, small, calligraphy-style, whether it features a head, legs, feet or actual abstract things like drawings, colored lines or whatever book artists are making….We all have our preferences. The book covers we’d say WOW to, the ones we’d be instantly drawn to, while some others aren’t just our thing at all.
Sometimes, we hate what’s on the book cover so much we don’t even want to look at the backcover to read the synopsis. Or make our eye travel one inch to the left or right to read the synopsis written right next to it when you’re like me browsing all the books on the computer. Obviously, like the niffler I am, I can’t help but be influenced by the book covers….and I can’t help either but think that I might be missing out on cool books because I wasn’t originally attracted or curious enough to go past the book design #oops.
Looking at my bookshelves and staring at my Goodreads virtual shelf, I have come to realize that I am drawn to many things in book covers – and I know that I will stay away from others.
My heart beats for the stunning book covers…
- With abstract artsy things, can’t be more precise than that. I like colors, I like little drawings, I like having the spirit of the book shows by just a choice of colors and tiny little things featured here and there.
- With actual people (yes?!), but still leaving some things to the imagination. Meaning I like people and faces, but not shown entirely, from the back or like, hints of people. Does that make me feel weird?! I really do NOT like when you can see people’s entire faces on the cover though, because it leaves nothing to the imagination and ruins my mind?!
My heart says no, no, NO #sorry for….
- Book covers with half-naked people kissing…. Sorry but, not sorry. I’m not a prude or anything, but I know that when picking up a book with this kind of cover, I will instantly think that this kind of book isn’t for me and I won’t bother reading the synopsis. Most of the time, this is NA romance and that’s something I’m not really drawn to… I just can’t.
- Movie tie-in book covers. Some people love them, I’m just sorry but I don’t like these at all. If I like book to movie adaptations, my heart is half excited and half nervous and half no-dont-let-this-happen. I’m not drawn to these covers because BOOKS WILL BE BOOKS and what if I don’t want to see the movie / be reminded of how bad it was / just want to leave things to my imagination? These kind of covers are not for me.
I have tons of other loves and hates when it comes to book covers, but point is, we’re all human. I love STARING AT BOOKS so much and it pleases my eyes and heart a whole lot more when the covers are absolutely stunning. I happen to have this little syndrom called book-cover lust. I drool all over book covers ; and if they for sure influences me whenever I add a book to my TBR or not, I have come to realize that my friends, you, other book bloggers’ recommendations, matter even more.