Judged by Their Covers

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

We've all heard the saying, but try as we might, we've probably all been occasionally guilty of judging books by their covers.  While most people don't buy a book based solely on that eye-catching cover art, there's no denying we might be a bit more likely to pick up a book that's visually appealing.  Here are a few of the beautiful books that our booksellers couldn't resist.


The Essex Serpent

With its dramatic cover art featuring ornate, gilded, natural motifs, the book itself has a lot to live up to.  Thankfully, Sarah Perry's story doesn't disappoint!  --Rachel





The Scions of Shannara

Though this book is still in print, the current edition no longer features the cover that originally drew me in [pictured at left].  I totally bought this book for the cover, which reflects the return of my favorite literary character, Allanon the Druid.  I've loved this book ever since, and am still fascinated by the art!  --Jodie




I did pick up Michael Chabon's Moonglow off the ARC pile because I was madly attracted to the cover design.  But since I was already a fan of the author so I can't say that I was just judging it by the cover.  The art was simple and effective and I loved the book.  --Toni




The Year 200

I can't say that I've ever actually read a book strictly due to its cover, but one whose cover did pull me in was The Year 200 by celebrated Cuban author Agustin De Rojas.  The sort of cool unsettling 70s sci-fi design (despite the fact that the book was written in the 90s) reflects the weighty psychological and political issues that are woven throughout this story.  Although I think De Rojas could have better told the story in 200 fewer pages, it's still a solid book.  With a cool cover.  --Christopher




Black Rabbit Hall

Though this one is newly out in paperback, the dark, moody design of the hardcover edition caught my eye.  I will readily admit that I'm a sucker for a gothic novel, and I didn't even need to read the dust jacket to know that was exactly what was in store with this one.  Not, perhaps, the finest example of the genre, but still an excellent summer read, especially for those gloomy, rainy days.  --Caitlin