Judging Books by Their Covers: An Unapologetic Discussion

When I take a stroll down the aisles at Barnes & Nobel I go straight to the ya books section and never turn back. I browse the spines of each book picking one up every once in a while and moving them in the light to see how the covers shine. I love marveling at book covers. A beautiful cover can have me gazing at a book for several minutes at a time. I turn it over. I read the synopsis. I take off the book jacket to see what’s underneath if it’s a hardcover. When what’s underneath the book jacket is as or more beautiful then the cover itself I smile, knowing I have just found a precious gem. 

Looking at covers feels very ritualistic for me. Just as much as admiring someone creating art in front of me is ritualistic. Seeing the byproduct of an artists hours of hard work in book form feels special and a lot of the time, I will buy a book solely for its cover. 

As a book lover or really as a human your told to never judge a book by it’s cover. Your supposed to look deeper. To have this innate desire to delve beneath the surface. But in truth, how often do we actually put that notion into practice? When you see a beautiful cover do you not shriek on the inside and immediately want to hold it and admire it and know more? When you see a beautiful cover are you not more inclined to read it? Humans are creatures captivated by beautiful things. Why when it comes to books do we sometimes shame a person that says that the cover is the first thing that attracts them to a book? Isn’t that truer to who we are? To how we actually act on our day to day wheither we think about it or not? 

Out of the over 100 books on my shelves there are only 10 book covers I do not care for and half of those are only because of a change in taste. This is not an accident. I am 100% more likely to buy a book if I love its cover. Do I still read the synopsis? Well sometimes. Do I look at reviews? That’s sometimes as well. Do I have must buy authors? 100% I do! However, if a cover is absolutely gorgeous I’m definitely doing everything I can to get that book on my shelves. 

For a long time I told myself that I don’t judge a book by its cover. I told myself that it was wrong, that a book with any cover imaginable could suprise me and could become one of my favorite books of all time, but that was a lie, it was a lie beacuse my eyes have always skimmed over covers that were not to my taste. It wasn’t even a conscious thing. Gorgeous covers are designed to catch my eye and I feel for it every time and if I’m honest it very rarely steered me wrong. 

So this is my confession: My name is Tiana Wolfe and I judge books by their covers. Is it hard to say? Yes. Should I be ashamed? No. Should I open my eyes to books with covers I don’t particularly like? Probably, but none of that changes the fact that when I walk into a book store and see a beautiful cover the little girl inside me screeches and I’m no longer afraid to say that it’s not good or bad, but just is, a part of me that will never go away. 

Thanks for reading! Let me know what your thoughts are down in the comments! Do you judge books by their covers? How do you decide to pick up a book? 

-Till next time! 

My Special Someone

There is something about you I just can’t shake

your black and white curves mean so much to me

they teach me as my finger glides the surface

to keep track of the places I’ve been and where I’m going

There is just something about you that keeps me coming

Your silent yet it speaks volumes

even when others are around it is just you and me

only I can interpret who you are the right way for me

Something about you makes me feel as I’ve never felt

sometimes you get lost in translation

when my mind is dull and I skim over you

but the second a piece of you shouts I pay attention

then my eyes devour you again and again

there really is something special about you

because though your curves are flat

tattooed on your flesh

they speak to me

they become me

and turn into something more than paper

and my mind becomes something more than dead
Thanks for reading! Since the other post was so short today I figured I would balance it out with this one. I adore this poem. My heart lives inside of it and I love how it came out. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

-Till next time!


My Favorite Non-American Book CoversĀ 

Ever since I jumped into the netgalley rabbit hole my eyes have been blessed with some beautiful covers of book that I cannot request because they are out of my region. Thus I wish to share my favorite non-american book covers. 
I Have no Secrets by Penny Joelson

This cover is simple yet powerful. It draws the eye with the most minimal of design. I find it beautiful. 
The White Hare by Michael Fishwick

I love the artistry of this book cover. It feels a bit harsh, but in a good way. It is beautifully illustrated. 
Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

I love the colors and the composition of this book cover. All the elements seem to go together. Plus everything about this screams that this book will most definitely be badass. 
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This cover is gorgeous, no explanation needed. 
Darkest Dawn by Katlyn Duncan

What can I say? I’m a sucker for painted style book covers. 

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post. What are some of your favorite non-American book covers? Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Let me know if you’d like to see more of these types of posts!
Mini-disclaimer: I realize that I may have a weird attraction to different sorts of book covers that you may not enjoy as much as I do… and that is ok! There is something on this earth for everyone and these are just a taste of what sort of looks I like. 

-Till next time!