But as I grew older and into high school, I found flaws with this concept. Yes, there are plenty of books out there with horrible covers (or absent ones) that should not be neglected. That being said, I have found many books that I love JUST because their cover stuck out to me or made me want answers to questions that surfaced just from looking at the book itself. I think that in this day and age authors and publishers put more effort into their covers to be more eye catching and to draw readers to them in ways that haven't been done before. So I say: totally judge that book by its cover IF it allows you to pick the book up in the first place. Let it be the opener to the conversation as it were.
There are different ways that I have picked books up by their cover and I have divided them up into four different categories:
1. The "Ooooh" Cover: The Cover That is Unique
These books have a cover that I hadn't seen before. They made me think "Oooh...pretty/cool/interesting." They struck me as something new and innovative, so I assumed the plot had to be the same. I picked these books up because I thought surely if the book has that cover- it has to be interesting, right? Most of the time I am correct, and I do enjoy the book. However, there have been a few times where the cover definitely deceived me. Here are some, though, that fall into this category that I did enjoy:
2. The WTF Cover: Covers That Make Me Want to Know Why
These covers are the ones that make me have to know what the book is about simply to explain what is up with the cover. The covers bring questions to my head that only the summary or the book itself can answer for me. They bring out the curiosity.
3. All About the Font: Pretty Typeface and Clever Arrangement of Titles
The title makes this one a bit obvious, but it's covers where I simply liked how they arranged the title or the font they choose. An Abundance of Katherines could probably fall into this category as well now that I think about it.
Lastly, we come to the type of cover that is the most random out of all of my categories:
4. Pretty Female Characters: Good Hair, Good Dresses, or Good Makeup
There is something about a beautiful dress on a cover or very nicely done hair- I can't help but want to look and see what it's about. Brings out the girliness in me, I guess!
I could list many, many more favorites! Covers can bring something beautiful to books that you may not have given a chance just based on the summary. They can be redone in ways that make a beloved favorite more beautiful (some of my Austen novels are like that and one of my copies of Jane Eyre). I think covers are only going to get more innovative and creative from here, and it's going to be fun to see how to judge them in the future.
What's your favorite cover on a book? What draws you in to them?