I'm not talking about books you've read, re-read, the ones you've given up on halfway through - I'm talking about the shiny new books on the bookshelf, the ones with clean uncracked spines - the ones that whisper buy me buy me as you walk past...
But assuming you also need to pay your rent this month and can't spent your entire salary on books what do you base your decision on?
If you care about the opinions of strangers you might check out some reviews. If you trust your friends taste in books you might listen to their recommendations. You might have some favourite authors - I'm on a Darren Shan kick at the moment (demons, vampires, zombies - he's not let me down yet!) But if you're hanging round a bookshop, killing time on a rainy lunch break what have you really got to go on Yep, that's right, the cover.
Here are a few books I have bought lately based on nothing but the front cover:
|'Just your average boy-meets-girl, |
|Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, one night a ghost appears from the darkness. |
It is Po, who comes from the Other Side.
Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.
|This is the year Blue will be drawn into the strange |
and sinister world of The Raven Boys.
And the year Blue discovers magic really does exist
| Seraphina hides a secret - the secret|
behind her musical gift -
and if she is found out, her life is in
serious danger . . .
|September is a twelve-year-old girl, |
Somewhat Grown and Somewhat Heartless,
and she longs for adventure.
One word... DRAGONS!
It goes both ways though. There's a particular book I ignored for about four years because the front cover was so rubbish. It wasn't until the fourth in the series came out with a Dragon on the front that I thought it might be worth a read...
I mean come on... What were they thinking?