Book Covers

Of Book Covers

by Archana Murthy

Yes, I plead guilty to judging a book by its cover. To me, a book cover is certainly as important as the blurb/jacket copy, especially when it is a book written by an author I do not know. For authors I am well acquainted with (as a reader, I mean), I simply click ‘purchase’ (or pick it up from my local used bookstore), after glancing through the blurb. There is a certain level of comfort (and trust) that goes with an author one is previously acquainted with, would you not agree?

Book covers, at times, have pushed me to read books that I may not gravitate towards naturally. Whether I enjoyed those books is another matter altogether.

Book Covers

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Talk about double entendres! The suggestive nature of the book cover was the main reason I purchased the eBook. No, I shall not get into the Lolita vs. Tampa conversation here.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I love the peculiar. The weird. The levitating girl sucked me in with no effort at all. Ka-ching: I purchased the paperback.

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

I remember this book sitting in my father’s bookshelf. The puppeteer’s hands are iconic – but I did not know what iconic was when I was a kid. Of course, my father also introduced me to the movies (I love all three installments. Yes, even Part III). Even now, I love the black background, the font and the puppeteer hands.

An Equal Music by Vikram Seth

The strings of a violin against the orange background made me smile. Completely uninitiated in Western classical music, the cover intrigued me. I wanted to know the story behind it.

Have you ever purchased a book based on its cover? What are your favorite book covers? Share away!


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