Books I Judged By the Cover

I completely and totally judge books by their covers and if you say you don’t, stop lying to yourself. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hot guy, a job applicant or an interesting book cover; it only takes 7 seconds to make a first impression.

That’s why Barnes and Nobles’ front-of-store table displays are brilliant. I stop and pick up every single book that has an interesting cover. Yes, I’m judging it by the cover, but I’m also reading the blurb and quotes and being introduced to books I never would have otherwise read.

So, in light of this being the “By Its Cover” blog, it only seemed fitting to begin by sharing X books that I judged by their covers and totally enjoyed:

Libba Bray 1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

The first book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy (now complete) follows Gemma, a young girl with visions and an unusual background. I was drawn in not only by the compelling figure on the cover, but also by the amazing title. The story combines the cliques and drama of a Victorian boarding school with a long buried mystery, an exotic romance and a dark secret society.

brent Weeks 2. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

Science Fiction covers have been converging into these images of a single cloaked/hooded figure emerging from colorful, stylized smoke and flames. This cover completely fits the trend, but the weapons and intensity of the hooded figure still draw you in.  This was an amazing first novel by Brent Weeks – a man who I think is the next great voice in science fiction. It follows a young boy from the slums as he apprentices with famed assassin Durzo Blint and enters a new world of magic, politics and death. I devoured this and the other two books in the trilogy.

Susan Casey 3. The Wave by Susan Casey

First, I want to go to the beach where they photographed the wave on the cover. Second, though this book is non-fiction, the stories of extreme surfing and impossibly huge waves make it seem like complete fiction. An interesting story full of unbelievable surfing anecdotes grounded in amazing scientific facts, you’ll forget you’re actually learning something. And if you haven’t heard of Susan Casey, her hands-on research is pretty amazing as well.

Marjorie liu 4. The Iron Hunt by Marjorie Liu

This is another genre style cover fitting the Urban Fantasy cover trend of a beautiful, strong woman in leather. But the fact that the cover wasn’t overly sexy and the woman was covered with tattoos… that was out of the ordinary. In my opinion, the Hunter Kiss series if the best of the genre. I can’t put it better, so to quote the publisher:

By day, her tattoos are her armor. By night, they unwind from her body to take on forms of their own–demons of the flesh, turned into flesh. This is the only family demon hunter Maxine Kiss has ever-known. It’s the only way to live, and the very way she’ll die. For one day her demons will abandon her for her daughter to assure their own survival–leaving Maxine helpless against her enemies.

If that doesn’t make you want to read the book, there’s no hope for you.

Laini Taylor 5. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

The first in a new YA series, the cover was gorgeous and mysterious. The protagonist, Karou, is an artist with magical (literally) friends, strange skills, an even stranger job and no idea of who she is. A romance quickly emerges and the author builds a whole mythology for her strange new world.


So, what books have you judged by their covers? Let me know in the comments!

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