On book cover lust

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.

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  • 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.

Do you add books to your TBR – or don’t add them – because of the cover sometimes? What kind of covers are you attracted to? On the contrary, what kind of covers DON’T you like? How much does a cover influences you? Let’s chat in comments!

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89 thoughts on “On book cover lust

  1. Those covers are SO pretty!! I actually had to go look up the synopsis for a few while reading this post! I am definitely guilty of cover buys (and not looking at books because I don’t like the cover), and a beautiful cover really makes all the difference!

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  2. I loved your comparision to a niffler. I too am not fond of movie tie-in covers but I sometimes have no choice but to buy them.
    For me, paintings on the covers are an absolute USP for that book. I like books with people on the covers but it should only show their torso and not the whole person. Also, I am not really fond of a photograph dominating the cover. If there is a photograph, it should be mixed with a bit of graphics. If the cover has very intricate pictured of lockets, watches or the like, I will be totally attracted. I prefer subtle covers and pastel shades. Sometimes, they overdo the graphics and that’s a big deterrant for me.

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    1. Oh I agree with you, I really like subtle covers as well, sometimes when it’ just too complicated or like they’re trying too hard, it makes me feel a bit cringy ahah. Paintings are so cool! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts with me πŸ™‚

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  3. This is an interesting topic that’s come up a lot recently.
    Yes, for me, the cover does influence me to some extent. If the cover is really pretty but I don’t like the blurb, then I won’t go out of my way to read it. But the cover does help. When I’m not 100% sure about the blurb but the cover IS really pretty, then I’ll probably add it to my TBR.

    I like abstract, artsy covers too, but also very simplistic ones (e.g. just the title in a very nice font and maybe a little graphic). I usually don’t like covers with people’s faces on it but there are exceptions (such as When Dimple Met Rishi). I also agree about the movie tie-in covers.

    Great post!

    Ps: I love the Newt & Niffler GIF πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Same here – when I’m not sure about the book but I like the cover, I’ll add it to my TBR anyways because I can’t help myself ahha.
      Thank you so, so much, Lauren, I’m so glad you agree πŸ™‚ ❀

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  4. Artsy covers are my fave! I don’t really like book covers that have people on them or the movies! Let me imagine what the characters look like! πŸ˜‚

    And I agree, half naked kissing covers mean I will NOT be reading that book!

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    1. Right?! Haha I’d much rather imagine what the characters look like, that’s why I’m not fond of people on the covers and movie tie-ins at all.
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀

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      1. One of my all time fave quotes is Liz Lemon from 30 Rock and she’s like, “Let me imagine Peeta Mellark and how his arms smell of bread!” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        You’re welcome! Looking forward to more of your posts!

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  5. I love this post. As an author myself, cover designs are major for me. The cover is what will speak before a reader decides whether they want to purchase the book or not. A fellow author asked me how to pick cover designs and I told her to pick what she loves, but always think about what a reader would like also. I don’t know if that was the greatest advice, but somehow that formula has worked for me.

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much! I think that’s definitely great advice – the cover really has to speak to readers because that’s what they are drawn to at first sight for sure πŸ™‚

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  6. HALF-NAKED PEOPLE KISSING NO THANK YOU. Just not my style. πŸ˜‚ Yes! Seeing people’s full faces on covers just ruin it. Sometimes everything about the cover is awesome… but there’s a real person and it ruins it for me. πŸ˜›

    Covers definitely affect what I read! I won’t JUDGE a book by it’s cover but I’ll definitely be put off if the cover’s ugly to me. For example, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. I reeeeeeeally don’t like the cover and wasn’t that tempted to read the synopsis.

    Love this discussion, Marie! ❀

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    1. Same here – it makes me so sad and a bit, wrong, because I feel like I may be missing out on a good book for superficial reasons…but well sometimes I can’t help it haha.
      Ohh I get it. Sometimes a book gets so much hype as well (like that one) but you’re not attracted to the cover, so a bit hesitant to see what it’s about. Definitely happened to me as well.
      Thank you so, so much May ❀ ❀

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  7. The cover is definitely a deal breaker for me. Sometimes I’ll even buy a book though it sounds boring, if I just can’t get over how pretty the cover is πŸ˜› The same goes for titles. I think the title of a book is actually more important to me than the cover. Some titles I just fall instantly in love with and I have to get the book. I’m with you on the thing about movie covers. I hate those. Some I can live with if I don’t think the original cover is prettier, but that almost never happens.

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    1. OHHH this is such a great point, talking about book titles. I am so drawn by books because of their titles as well, some make me sooo curious I want to read them. Makes us wonder just how they pick the book’s titles and covers ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your comment! ❀ ❀

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  8. I hate to admit it….. but I completely judge books by their covers, lol! If a book has an unappealing cover, chances are I’m not going to pick it up. Unless a friend specifically recommends it to me, then maybe. It’s a bad habit, I know! I’m probably missing out on some great books, but my TBR is already long enough that it might be for the best in some ways. My personal favorite covers are the ones that are either illustrated with a nice color scheme, or focus mainly on the typography of the title. I do occasionally like ones with people on the front (like WDMR) but it’s rare! ❀

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    1. Ahah oh don’t worry too much about it, we all judge books by their covers a little bit πŸ˜›
      Same here, I am worried to be missing out on books, but like you said, I guess we have enough books on our TBR already πŸ˜›
      Oh yes, typography is something I love just as well on book covers! ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀ ❀

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  9. Love book covers, particularly the abstract arty ones! In college, I worked at our campus library and when the library would receive new books, they’d take off the book covers for recycling. I would try to save them from the recycling and wallpapered my bedroom with colorful book covers.

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      1. That’s too bad…well, maybe there’s something to be done here with the idea, even if they’re not the actual book cover but the printed images or something…Definitely inspires me ahah πŸ™‚

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  10. I can definitely relate to this! Although I wouldn’t read a book purely based on its cover, I do find that I’m less likely to go for a book with a cover I don’t like. I 100% agree with the movie covers – I have even gone out of my way to find copies of books without the movie cover sometimes! This is especially true if I’m reading a book in a series, because all the covers in the series have to match on my bookshelf πŸ˜›

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one searching desperately for books without the movie cover πŸ˜‚
      And yes, matching book covers are the best, it makes me so sad when they just change the cover mid-series!
      Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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  11. I wrote a similar post and I completely agree that we are Nifflers! The Colour Project and Ten Thousand Skies Above You are both gorgeous covers 😍 I feel the same about movie tie-in covers too, the designers of the original covers put so much work into them for it to be taken over with a movie poster 😠

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    1. Ohhh yay, I’m glad you agree! πŸ˜€ Right? I guess it’s a marketing thing, to attract more people to the book by showcasting the movie but it makes me a bit sad ahah.

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  12. Oh great post Marie, and I loved this topic as well. πŸ˜€ My thoughts are pretty much 100% the same as your on pretty book covers. I think when you’re looking around a bookstore for your next read you don’t have the time to read all the blurbs of all the books in the store, so you scan the covers first and see if anything catches your eye that way.
    I know there are probably amazing books I’m missing out on because the covers don’t interest me, but I can’t be motivated to check out the blurb when the cover doesn’t grab me you know? πŸ™‚
    My favourite covers are the artsy ones too; the US editions of the Shades of Magic series, the UK edition of Strange the Dreamer, the Firebird series. There are others that stand out for me that don’t have what I normally love in covers though; the Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is a main one. πŸ˜€
    Again great post Marie! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Yees that’s exactly it, I guess I take whatever catches my eye, if I had time to read all the books I would ahah, I’d spend days in the bookstores πŸ˜›
      Ohhh yes, Strange The Dreamer is stunning, I love it so much – and yeees I so agree with the Starbound series, it looks beautiful! πŸ™‚
      Thank you, Beth ❀

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      1. It would probably take days to go through and read all the blurbs, especially if you were in a large bookstore! Until I have days I’ll have to settle for cover judging.
        I think it’s a mixture of the space background and the pretty dresses that makes me love the Starbound covers so much! πŸ˜€
        That’s all right. ❀

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  13. I so agree with you about the people on the cover. If it;s like a silhouette or it hides the face I’m fine with it because that way I can still create my own version of the character.
    I will never go for a movie-tie in book cover. I like to separate the book and film and look at them as two separate entities. I don’t like the idea of the two merging into one haha.

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    1. Oh thank you, Lois – you perfectly described my feelings towards the movie-tie in book covers. I really like to keep them separated as well haha πŸ˜›
      Thank you so much for your comment ❀

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  14. I have weakness for pretty covers too but I really hate books with movie tie-in covers. The covers are always the first thing that grabs my attention but if the synopsis doesn’t intrigue me then I wait until hearing everyone’s thoughts on it. I loved books with not so much pretty covers on it and they definitely deserve a pretty cover. I read NA contemporary books but I hate it when they publish half naked characters in the cover. Nowadays, most the NA books covers has a shirtless guy on it showing his six packs. It’s pretty embarrassing to read them in public.

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    1. Ohh I get it. I hear so many wonderful things about some NA books and even if I am not a big reader of the genre, I would love to get into it more but well…the covers don’t attract me so much and I’m sure I am missing out on many books because of that ahah.
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts πŸ™‚

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  15. It seems we have very similar tastes in book covers! I am 100% with you on books with people/faces on the cover, but not the entire person/face… Those I actually don’t like lol I am also not a fan of the classic cheesy romance novel covers. No thanks!

    I also tend to go for the books that have metallic/foil outlines contrasting with dark covers (Think Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Norse Mythology), any type of watercolor, and I am a big sucker for trees πŸ™‚

    I often wonder if I am missing out on amazing books simply because the cover did not compel me to pick the book up… unfortunately we are a very visually driven society that judges on appearances first. I’ve accepted it lol

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    1. Ahah same here, I’m not fond of the classic cheesy romance cover either :/
      Ohhh, Norse Mythology looks so great, great choice! πŸ˜€
      Haha I’m trying to accept that as well, and there are just so many books to read anyway with the covers we like…if we stop to read everything our TBR would get even bigger. So I guess it’s okay to be a bit superficial ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much ❀ ❀

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  16. I totally add books to Goodreads based on the cover. I don’t buy books *just* for the cover, but that definitely influences my book buying more than it should, and I constantly pick up books from the library just because they’re pretty. I think it’s interesting how much book covers influence our desire to read the book!

    I’m with you on the faces. I haaate cover models, but I tolerate them if only part of them is shown. I also don’t mind when they’re partially shown AND illustrated. But I always avoid books where an entire face/body is shown. It’s weird!

    Great post!

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    1. It really is interesting to see how driven we are by what books look like πŸ™‚ I’m glad I’m not the only one avoiding book covers with people on it ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Lenna! ❀ ❀

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  17. There are SO many beautiful book covers out there that make buying the book even more tempting than it already is! πŸ˜€ Personally I love covers with illustrations on them, from random scenery to people – I just love illustrations. And nice font is always a plus for me as well. πŸ™‚ I tend to dislike books with people on them (though there are a few exceptions to that as well) and I definitely agree on covers with half-naked people or people kissing being a no for me! I’m not drawn to stories that usually have those covers in the first place, so it’s kind of easy to stay away from those books. Great post! πŸ˜€

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    1. Ohh yes, illustrations are often a hit for me as well, I love it, there are so many pretty covers out there. Typography is something I look for as well, I love when it’s beautiful caligraphy or something πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! ❀ ❀

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  18. ah yes I love beautiful covers!! And what you said about it being good to leave something to the imagination when you have people on the cover is *spot on*!! And YES you are so right about not having any plot points, like people kissing (even with NA- it just puts me off). and no movie tie ins either!! And yes, I have shamelessly added books to my tbr for their covers. Fantastic post!!

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  19. I am a romance reader, so tons of naked torsos on my shelf, but I am a cover-ho, and have purchased many books based on title and cover alone. I will say, I have been quite lucky with this strategy. I guess you start to get a sense of the type of book that goes with the type of cover. My cover snobbery may also be keeping me from great books, which is why I read other people’s blogs. I have to admit, it not for all the love from other bloggers, I would never have read Dangerous Girls. The cover is not impressive, but the story is incredible.

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    1. Ohh yes, this is such a good point you are mentioning. There are so many books I wouldn’t have picked up because the cover didn’t “speak” to me in any way, but other bloggers recommended it so…I read and loved it. I have to check out Dangerous Girls, you made me curious about it πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀

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  20. I’m soooo weak for a pretty cover. I really love the ones you showcased. A cover is normally what draws my attention and on first glance I normally judge the book on it, but ultimately I’ll make my decision based on the plot. Even when I do see a more cringe-y cover (half naked people are the WORST haha) I’ll more than likely see what the blurb says if I think it’s a genre that’ll interest me or if the title sounds cool.

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    1. Same here – if covers influences me a lot, the plot, genre and even more sometimes, other bloggers’ recommendations, matter more when I pick up a book πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much, Lauren! ❀

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  21. I’m WAY too influenced by book covers. I go to the library a lot and sometimes even if a book sounds really good I might not take it out if the cover is really bad and I NEED TO STOP DOING THAT. Some covers are just so bland/weird that it makes me think the story will be like that too, even though, logically I know that that’s not the case most of the time. XD

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    1. Hahaha oh I’m glad I’m not alone, I feel the same way looking at some book covers sometimes. I am so judging the inside of a book by the cover and I need to STOP as well ahah. Maybe there is some kind of cure for that? πŸ˜›
      Thank you so much for your comment, Kyra ❀ ❀

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  22. Gotta say I also hate half-naked covers and movie tie-ins HAHA. I love books with cool typography, books with painted art, or abstract designs. But you can tell a lot about a book from the cover, so the ones I love are mostly contemporary. Which suits me just fine.

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    1. Oh yes. I love contemporary covers so, so much and contemporary is my favorite genre as well πŸ™‚ ❀ Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts about this, Emily πŸ™‚

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  23. I’d love to say the cover doesn’t influence me but that’s a lie. I totally and completely agree on half-naked people kissing on the cover. I can’t do it, doesn’t matter how good the book actually is, I wouldn’t pick it up. I also hate people’s faces on covers because I love imagining what characters look like. People on covers can actually throw me off of reading the book because they just bother me.

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    1. Ohh I’m glad I’m not the only one. I just…I don’t feel like picking up a book with people’s faces on the cover because I feel like my image of the characters is already…ruined, somehow, because of that? If that makes any sense, ahah πŸ™‚ I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling this way. Thank you so much, Shouni! ❀ ❀

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  24. I mostly purchase my books online after finding them on Goodreads. However, as soon as I wander into a bookstore, I instantly go after all the covers with fancy calligraphy. I’ve always calligraphy, to the point where I purchased inks and pens for it, so if I see it on a book cover I just have to check it out.
    I have to wonder about how many good books I’ve missed out on just because I didn’t like the covers, because I also don’t even bother reading the back if the cover doesn’t appeal to me.

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    1. Ohh I get the feeling – I often feel drawn to beautiful calligraphy on the book covers as well! πŸ™‚
      I’d like to think that, beautiful cover or not, we’re reading the books we should be reading. Or so I hope ahah πŸ™‚ thank you so much for your comment! ❀

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  25. I try not to judge books by their covers but covers are obviously designed for a reason. I like to browse libraries so often pick it up based on the title/spine. More recently, there are so many books I want to read that I can’t choose a book just based on the spine/blurb but I guess I get interested in them based on covers?
    Also, I totally agree about NA books with shirtless people kissing. I’d be very ashamed to be seen in public with something like that. I really like covers with pictures of buildings or bright colours. Interesting post!

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    1. Ohhh yes, the spines are something I watch just as well, just a little less often – like once a year, whenever I get the chance to go in an actual English bookshop while I’m traveling or something and have tons of books at hand ahah. Crazy how spines can make us want to pick up book as well, right?!
      Thank you so, so much! πŸ™‚

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    1. Hahaha, really? Well, the covers aren’t that stunning, I have to agree with you. I don’t really like faces on covers as well, or at least faces shown entirely.
      Thank you my sweechie! ❀ ❀

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  26. I am so about the cover, but I am not a huge fan if there is a single human being there. Dont tell me what the character is supposed to look like, because the models are to pretty to be human honestly. But, I am also huge on the font style as well.

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    1. I’m glad you’re not too into “people” covers as well. I don’t really mind when you see people a bit, but like, not entirely. I like to leave things up to imagination too πŸ™‚ YES, fonts are awesome πŸ˜€ Thank you so much! ❀ ❀

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  27. Haha! Ohmygosh I’m so vain when it comes to book covers! πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚ & completely agree when it comes to faves in the cover I def like some type of mystery. I do not like full on faces front page on my cover smh lol. I also can’t bring myself to buying a movie adaptation cover 😩 it’s just a no, especially when the network slaps their logo on it lol. Abstract is best πŸ™ŒπŸΌ great post Marie πŸ’™πŸ“šπŸ’™

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    1. Oh yes! More often than not there is the network logo as well and I’m like….yes but this was a book before it was a movie so stop branding it like it’s the book of the movie and the movie did everything. I don’t know if that made any sense but…well I’m not a fan haha. Thank you so much! ❀ ❀ ❀

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  28. Lovely post Marie!! Loved your examples and how you grouped them… I so agree about people covers… I love hints of people but not the whole face or a couple for the most part… And no to books where a man’s navel is showing like really close to the personal bits… I’m not an erotica lover at all.

    I love me covers but honestly I’m totally a blurb girl… I don’t fall for the “this book is like…” schtick but I’m pretty good at gauging from the blurb if I will at least like a book as a 3 star… the marketers really have to stretch for me to be deceived… (Though of course there are those that get through because of that darn cover!!) Honestly though I’m so happy that YA book covers are being taken more seriously and make use of design more rather than so many stock images!!

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Dani! Oh I’m not an erotica lover either, I don’t really read these kind of books and the covers…well they are not for me ahah πŸ™‚
      OH YES, I agree with you – it is so great to see just how much work is put in the book covers, especially in the past few years, we have gotten so many stunning designs πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much ❀ ❀

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  29. covers definitely do influence my initial thoughts on buying a book, but, at the same time, i hardly ever buy books based on my first impression. even if something catches my eye in a bookstore, i’ll search for reviews and ratings before buying it myself.
    i also love covers with people, and i don’t know why everyone dislikes it so much. i love the covers for the gossip girl and the uglies series, because, as you said, they only show half of the person’s face or body, and i find it very intriguing. even though these covers are slightly older, i still feel like you can make the concept work today, like dimple met rishi for example!
    i love typography and i’m instantly drown to covers with great title fonts and stuff. they’re definitely my favorites!

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    1. I’m with you on that. I only buy books online so, even if a cover catch my eyes, I’l always read the synopsis and a couple reviews or ratings before taking the time to order them πŸ˜€
      Ohh yes, Gossip Girl and the Uglies series have beautiful covers, I love them so much! πŸ™‚ Also, I didn’t know you read uglies?! Or maybe I don’t remember you telling me?! πŸ˜€
      Great fonts are so cool as well, they make me want to be able to do calligraphy or something ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much, Lais! ❀

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