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