For What It's Worth

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Buy a book by it's cover..........

This week I saw the covers of two books that had me drooling to read them.

The first was Torment by Lauren Kate.     Torment

The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 2)The second was The Dead tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan.

Both are the second book in a series and I had never heard of either one of them but now they are must reads for me based on these two covers (and titles by the way). I still don't know anything about the stories and I don't really care - I must have them!

Do you ever buy a book not knowing anything about it, just based on a pretty cover? Typically I'm a researcher. I have too many books already so if I see something I'm interested in I write it reviews and then see if it makes it to the TBR pile. Occasionally I'm swayed by a cover or a review and then it throws my whole TBR pile out of whack!

So if you've bought a book based on just the cover - where you ever dissapointed afterwards? I have to say I've been pretty lucky. If a cover hits me then I usually enjoy the story as well.

A book I just had to read recently was Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood. I fell in love with this cover! And I loved the story too!

Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood

Did you also notice the things I have the biggest reaction to are death or evil related?? LOL! Not sure what that says about me.

So tell me what makes you have to buy THAT book NOW! Has an impulse buy ever backfired on you?


  1. You know, I am lured in by the cover, but if the story doesn't sound interesting to me, I can put the pretty cover away.

  2. I SO snap up books based on the cover. Or rather, I used to do that all the time, but now that I'm more serious about reading and contemplating, I usually look up multiple reviews for every potential book I want to buy, but my interest is initially sparked by an awesome cover in most cases. I get a lot of inspiration from people's Waiting on Wednesday and In My Mailbox posts--it's helps me keeps tabs on the prettiest covers and most promsing stories.

    Oh, and just finished Victoria Dahl's Quinn and Lori book. Lovely cover /and/ story!

  3. it's always dangerous to be lured by a cover I think...sometimes I wish they would let you buy the cover itself (ex. the dust jacket from hardbacks) if the story doesn't sound appeal to you lol

  4. That's a great idea! I wish you could by just the cover. I have a kindle and I sometimes forget books I've read because I don't have that visual stuck in my head of the cover. Plus I won't read a book on the kindle if it has a nice cover .....must hold!
    Glad you liked the book Tiger - one of my all times favorites!
    Katie - your better than me - if I'm really in love with a cover I have to buy it I can't resist. I don't do it very often though


  5. oh i am sooooo easy. i will buy anything that Christian McGrath has drawn...


  6. I used to do that, and I ended up reading a bunch of rubbish, lol ... for example, the book before Torment, called Fallen, that boasts an equally gorgeous cover and Beautiful Creatures ... both were terrible, in my opinion ... the problem is, pretty books just make you want to buy them and display them on your shelves and show them to people and talk about them! I think all books should have lovely covers, sigh. Nobody likes an ugly book. And, yes, we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but everyone DOES, so it matters (",).