Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Guilty Pleasures #6 - I'm a cover girl
You know that old saying, "Never judge a book by it's cover?" Well uhm, I am so guilty of doing just that. I have a Kindle but that does not stop me from simply buying a book because Amazon recommends or my Goodreads friends are displaying their with pretty pretty book covers in my newsfeed. I am totally drawn to a book by it's cover. For me I would say the cover is only second to a friend's verbal book recommendation. Afterall, "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon is my favourite book and it has a very undesirable cover.
There are books that I have bought simply based upon cover. I mean, I never even read the book blurb. I just saw the cover and auto purchased. I have done this impulse buy more than once. My bank account can vouch. Most times I am pleased, other times I'm not. Here is an example of a book that bought just because the cover grabbed me. I mean I love football so why not right? For this little gem "The Perfect Play" by Jaci Burton, I actually bought the book instead of the Kindle addition because I kind of consider this art. :)
Here is series by Lorelei James that I am totally hooked on. I have every single book and my decision to "click to buy" was totally based on the amazing matching covers. Thankfully I was NOT disappointed when purchased. Amazing series! I was interested in cowboys and when I saw these covers, it was a slam dunk for me. I mean, what is that woman with that wry smile thinking behind that barn door? Hmm, what is that shirtless cowboy thinking of doing with that bit of rope?
For Erotica, Brynn Paulin's Taboo Series wins for the best covers. Hot, sexy and you get an immediate pulsing reaction to the covers. I must also say, the stories are as equally hot and sexy too!
Love this cover by Teresa Medeiros! Actually, I love the historical romance story that goes with "The Devil Wears Plaid". When I saw this cover, it caught my attention because she was wearing red and I loved her facial expression.
For paranormal, Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series has amazing covers. I love how they are relevant to the story and they are just so pretty. I was also drawn because there was a kick ass chick on the cover instead of a shirtless vampire male. Turns out, the stories are highly addictive so that was a total score.
The one thing the drives me batty about book covers is when they don't match the story at all. I totally hate it when the female character is supposed to have long red hair and the cover model has a short blond bob hairstyle. Grrr.
Tell me about your favourite book covers or about a book that you impulsed bought based only on the cover. Do you display any of your books as art?