The A to Z Challenge is an annual blogging challenge. It isn’t restricted to book blogs – all kinds of blogs can participate. It takes place every year in April and during that month you have to write a post on the designated days (all except Sundays). These posts must have some correlation to the letter of the day. So, there will be a total of 26 posts starting from the letter A and ending with Z. Here is a list of all my posts.
We all know the saying, but how many of us do actually follow it?
Let’s face it. Covers play a very important role in a book. Maybe even the most important role, dare I say? People say that covers shouldn’t affect you when deciding whether you will read a book or not. Focus on the story, they say, on how interesting you think the book will be and just ignore the cover. But it’s right in front of my face! How could I possibly ignore it?
It’s the first thing I see when holding a book and so it can’t but play an important role when it comes to what I will think about its content and story. And that’s just natural. It’s automatic. Without having read any researches or statistics I’m pretty sure that books with pretty covers sell much better than those with a less nice cover. And I, as a reader, also think that covers are important, not only because they’re my first glimpse into the story of the book, but they also help me understand what a book will be about. You can tell on the first glance (usually), if it’s a contemporary book, fantasy, young adult, adult, science fiction etc. And so you can immediately tell if it’s something you’d be interested in or not.
Now that being said, I don’t think that anyone should decide to read (or buy) a book based only on the cover. It’s something that should only play an additional role. Besides, there are so many books with pretty covers that are really awful and books with awful covers that are great. I feel bad for the last ones… They don’t get a fair chance. 😦
Of course, I’m not even going to pretend that I’ve never bought a book just because of a pretty cover. Sometimes with just a quick glance at the synopsis to make sure it won’t be anything totally uninteresting, and then directly to the buying cart. And to prove my point here are some of those books:
There are much more, I’m sure, that I’ve bought just (or mainly) because of the cover, but these just popped into my head right away!