Rants and Raves – Of covers and not judging a book by one…

We all know the old adage, ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’. I generally try not to but its so hard sometimes! When i’m putting together a freebies list, I admit, I judge books by their covers, if a cover is horrible or too obscene, then i’ll probably pass the book. Mostly because I usually don’t have that much time to read blurbs and reviews. Personally i’m friends with some wonderful people on Goodreads and if they recommend a book i’ll most probably buy it regardless of the cover.

A friend of mine told me that she finds covers with real people on them weird. To be honest I once did but have gotten so used to it now I hardly ever notice. I prefer having my own idea of the character though (mostly Henry Cavill, seriously, it doesnt matter if the guy is blond or ginger, he’s always Henry Cavill to me) πŸ™‚ I would buy any book that has him on the cover. It doesn’t matter if the title is “How to change a tire” I will get it!


sigh…I could stare at this all day…

I’m actually not sure what I feel about sexy covers though…I used to hate them because then I couldn’t read the book in public but with a kindle now I don’t think it matters to me one way or the other. But clearly some authors or publishers must think it makes a difference. Bared to You by Sylvia Day for example…as you know it started out as this;

bared one

Changed to this;

bared 3

Anyway, now to less than appealing covers. Liberating Lacey is a fantastic book. I loved it! (Check my review here) but whats with that cover?!


If it hadn’t been a recommendation from a trusted Goodreads friend I would have passed it on Amazon. Speaking of Goodreads, I posted my review of Knight by Kristen Ashley and another friend told me she always ignored the book because of its cover but that my review had made her change her mind. I don’t mind the Knight cover…its simple true but again…a brilliant read!


What about you guys? Do covers play any role in convincing you to get a book?

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25 Responses to Rants and Raves – Of covers and not judging a book by one…

  1. divinecaroline says:

    Love this section! I so agree with your friend! I don’t like people covers either!!! But apparently you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover… Henry Cavill is definitely a good choice πŸ™‚

  2. divinecaroline says:

    Btw… i cannot do that..imagine the character to be just any guy. I love Alexander Skarsgard for example, but I cannot picture him being Grey (fsog) for example. But that has nothing to do with the cover I guess. I just don’t want anyone to force an image into my head!

    • I love having an outlet to just write anything I feel like! πŸ™‚

      So who did you picture as Christian? I originally had William Levy (I was going through a phase) and I refused to even entertain the idea of Ian Somerhalder…

      I’ve just finished a book where the main character in my head was still Henry Cavill, but the other guy was Ian Somerhalder…imagine being caught in that love triangle…swooon!

  3. divinecaroline says:

    LOL Yes wouldn’t mind that at all!!! LOL.. I think I don’t picture any celebrity.. lol.. not even sure he has a face.. maybe I should try to draw something πŸ˜› If i ever do, you’ll be the first to see it πŸ˜€ I do think Henry Cavill would be a great Christian! Although I think I imagine him being taller.. Like Alexander’s body type with Henry Cavill’s head on it πŸ™‚

    • How tall is Henry Cavill, definitely not as tall as Alexander but can Alexander pull of a 27 year old? I think Henry can…looking forward to your drawing…maybe when it’s done we can send it to EL James and ask her to do a worldwide such for a lookalike…lol

      • divinecaroline says:

        LOL I actually looked it up after my post, but I thought I was going way too off topic ! Oh well.. Henry Cavill i a very decent 6′ 1″ (1.85 m).. which is pretty hot, but Alexander is 6′ 4″ (1.93 m) which is way hotter! And no he definitely could not pull of a 27 year old, that’s why we need Henry’s head πŸ˜€

  4. tdhassett says:

    I agree with the other posters. I don’t actually like covers with people on them because I prefer to imagine the characters myself. Okay, and before the kindle, I hated being spotted reading books with obscene covers and having my IQ judged by strangers. I must throw in the other side of all this. I am a brand new author with a first book coming out in late April. When it came time for the book’s cover to be done everything was decided by the artist and the marketing department. I had very little input in whether people or symbols were put on the covers. The publishing house did explain that certain types of covers and certain style sold more books but I would like to see some real research on that. I wrote a slightly longer rant on covers on my blog.http://tdhassett.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/covers-for-lovers-2/

    • Ha! I just read your post TD, and I couldn’t agree more! Especially this part “I also discovered that not only do smart women read tons of romances (okay, I already knew that one, duh) but some super smart Ivy league PhD type women have penned some of my favorites. Which brings me back to my final ugh of the day, why can’t the covers be less cringeworthy?” Sooo true!

      Looking forward to reading your book, I promise to look past the cover πŸ™‚

  5. Bennita says:

    I loved this post. I usually picture the same hero in my head when I read my books as well and I’ve got to say, he looks pretty darn close to your fantasy man. Even if they say he’s a blonde or a redhead, I picture dark hair, dark eyes and a five o’clock shadow.

    Yes, I am a judger! I really am trying to change, because there are tons of really good books out there that I’m blowing by. I think my reasoning is that there are so many books out there and browsing through them can take a long time. So when I see a sexy cover, the romance junkie in me is drawn to it and I want to read more. I’m a visual person, so the cover is usually the first thing that piques my interest, unless I’ve already read a book by the author. If I find a good author, the cover could have a paper bag on it and I’d still read it.

    • LOL, I couldn’t agree more. Megan Hart’s books for example, I don’t even register the cover because I love all her books πŸ™‚ Though now i’m interested in your fantasy man who resembles mine…tell me more πŸ™‚

      • Bennita says:

        If it’s a paranormal, Jason Momoa is who I picture. With any other romances, it’s usually Josh Halloway or Hugh Jackman with longer hair.

      • ahhhh…Jason Momoa…sigh…he was my “Wrath” in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series πŸ™‚ And at a certain point I loved both Josh Halloway (especially during season 1 of Lost) and Hugh Jackman…it all goes in phases πŸ™‚

  6. You are so RIGHT about Kindle changing the way we read in public. Even the naughtiest novella with the most blatantly sexy cover can now go unnoticed in public. There was a time when I would have been too embarrassed to read ‘I want to have rampant sex with you on this bus right now’…but now? No problem.

  7. Atypical Midwestern Librarian says:


    I totally just wrote a post about book covers, so I enjoyed reading this. Working in a library, you see sooo many great and terrible covers and they truly say nothing about the book. I always go off what LibraryThing recommends, because more than once I’ve seen the cover and though “Ew. I’m not reading that.” Then I caved and LOVED it.

    • Hilarious! And that cover of “No Rest for the Wicked” is the kind of cover I still shy away from when buying paperbacks. But i’ve noticed there’s a more subtle cover of the same book…so thats better though i’d still feel weird in the bus holding the book πŸ™‚

      • Bennita says:

        You wouldn’t believe the number of my patient’s that come in my office that place their books cover down when I walk in the room. I always ask them what they’re reading and share with them what I’m reading at the time. I find a lot of cool books that way. I hate that we feel like we’re doing something wrong when reading steamy books, just because of the covers. Embrace your inner vixens ladies! Show your covers! Lol.

      • Atypical Midwestern Librarian says:

        Haha. Thank you and I DO tape a receipt over it. Sad thing, too, since it’s been a really fun series! I firmly stand by the idea that 50 Shades only became popular because of a brilliant cover art choice. And I never wouldve read bared to you with that cover, though I did read it with the new one. Im not really into erotica but heard it was a not crap version of 50 and was curious how that was done. Wouldn’t have bothered with the naked cover AND the word erotica. Lol.

  8. A cover alone is not enugh for me to buy a book. That said, a gorgeous cover will get me to give the book a closer look and proably read the inside synopsis. So while I do beleive that a great cover is an asset to any book, the reviews and the authors talent are by far, more important. I almost never pick up a book unless I am familiar with the author or read reviews I respect.

    • Madeline I know what you mean, I don’t think i’ve ever bought a book solely because of its cover. However I have ignored books solely because of that UNLESS i know the author or i’ve read the reviews of bloggers I respect…i think when in doubt, the simpler the better..

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