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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cover Crush: The Things We Keep


I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.



I love this cover for so many reasons. The colors stand out and the simplicity garners it a second look. I wonder if the bow is significant to the story and why the title is all lower case. Is that fabric or paper?

I have this book in my TBR stack and I'm looking forward to learning whether the cover gives away any clues to the story.

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Flashlight Commentary. Click over to see the gorgeous cover she shared as well as Bookaholic Swede.

Friday, February 5, 2016

What draws you to a book?

What draws you to a new book?

Covers?
I will admit that a book cover carries more weight than it should. I judge books by their covers and if I don't like a cover, it will take a really good recommendation for me to pick it up. Covers also make it incredibly easy to recognize self-published books. Which fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on who you are, can be a good thing.

Titles?
A title should be catchy. I love when a title accurately reflects the subject matter in a book. I hate when a title goes for the obscure and vague and you never do quite figure out how it's related to the actual story.

Reviews?
I look at reviews, absolutely. I appreciate honest reviews. I like knowing ahead of time if a book has excessive profanity or sex, because it will affect my decision to read it. I like reading two and four star reviews because I believe those to be the most honest. If a book has only 4 or 5 star reviews, I am instantly on guard and I will assume that most of those reviews are from the author's friends and family. In the same vein, I sometimes question a book that is only 1 or 2 stars. The quality of the reviews always makes a difference regardless of whether it's positive or negative. When the reviewer can give me specific reasons, I am more likely to give that review weight.

Lists?
Just because a book is on a best selling or newspaper list, won't make a big difference on my decision to read. Last year, I saw several lists of "must read" or "best books of 2015" and it was interesting to note that many of the books on those lists weren't books that I'd read.

Recommendations?
If a friend directly recommends a book to me, I am more likely to look at it. If they have a copy I can borrow, that's even better! I loan out a lot of my books to friends and family because we share the same tastes.

What about you? What draws you to a book?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cover Crush: Jody Hedlund


I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.



I love these two Jody Hedlund covers because they capture the strength of women. The colors are lovely and the settings historical. The scenes evoke a feeling of struggle and hardship, but each woman is facing those challenges head on, unwavering in her strength, conviction and faith.

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Flashlight Commentary. Click over to see the gorgeous cover she shared along with A Bookaholic Swede.