Thursday, April 21, 2011

BTT (#3) ~ cover

Booking Through Thursday asks us to consider the following:
"CAN you judge a book by its cover?"
Sure. I think we do it all the time. I would never buy a book with that silly cover on the right. I wouldn't even pick it up.

Yet these two covers are the same book, paperback on the left and hardback on the right.  I'd be much more likely to buy the one with oars.  I wrote about these two covers a couple of years ago in my post Do you judge books by their covers?  Check the reader comments on that one.

Here are stories I have written about other notable covers.  I actually bought Alice Walker's Possessing the Secret of Joy because of the cover.  Click the link (above) of the title to read my short post -- and to see that engraved stone more clearly.

Illustrations of extinct creatures on the cover of Tracy Chevalier's novel Remarkable Creatures helped me visualize what the real Mary Anning found in the nineteenth century.  The book was richer for it.  Click the title to read about it.

Below are some other covers I find intriguing, with links to what I wrote about each one:

Barefoot in Baghdad ~ by Manal M. Omar

Sarah's Key ~ by Tatiana de Rosnay

Pink Brain Blue Brain ~ by Lise Eliot

Dogsong ~ by Gary Paulsen

The Higher Power of Lucky ~ by Susan Patron

Amanda/Miranda ~ by Richard Peck


Anonymous said...

Great post! I love that you took the time to make it VERY visual!

Stop by my blog and read my answer!

Happy Easter!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Nancy, the Bookfool, has written a great post about book covers: