2016 Library Challenge:A Book Based Entirely on Its Cover


They say never judge a book by its cover, but let’s be honest: we all judge books by their cover, don’t we?

I would never go so far as to not read a book solely because of its cover, but if I have to pick between two books and am having a hard time choosing, the one with the cooler cover will usually win.

And while we’re in a book-confessing mood, I also am much more likely to pick a book with a snazzy cover for the displays I create for the library.

And I may also compare book covers for the books and pick the one I like the best when I am formatting my blog posts.

And there may also be a couple of books that I have very strong opinions about certain covers. Like, when I was working on my thesis and had to buy a copy of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood for notes, I was so irritated by one particular cover (image on the left) that I actually made sure the one I ordered from Amazon had my preferred cover for the book (image on the right).

Is it even really up for debate which cover is better?

And if you think all of this makes me superficial, you’re right.

Just rest assured, this tendency of mine also has come back to haunt me.

In a perfectly ironic echo of that old saying about judging books by their covers, the book I chose for this challenge was one of the worst books I’ve read all year. 🙂

Do you judge books by their cover? What’s your favorite book cover? What was the last book you read just because of the cover? Tell us in the comments!


Author: berryvillelibrary

"Our library, our future"

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