Monday, March 19, 2012

Don't Judge a Book by its Cover: Musing Mondays

Another Musing Mondays prompt from Should be Reading:

Would you choose to review a book if its description sounded interesting but the cover was terrible?

Description would win over cover all day long. However, if the prompt asked if I would you choose to review a book with a great cover and a terrible description, I'd be much more hesitant.

Since I love reading cross-genres, there are very few books I would refuse to review. I haven't reviewed any Erotica yet, but mainly because I haven't been asked to.

When I'm reviewing, I keep an open mind until I no longer can (horrible editing, poor story, uninteresting characters).

That being said, I do love an amazing cover. I think a great cover held more value when I was browsing a traditional bookstore than browsing online. When I was picking books in a traditional store, a cover would catch my eye. I'd pick the book up and immediately read the back cover.

Inevitably, I'd end up with five books. To cut it down to two, I'd read the first two pages and the last two (yes, the ending... I know, bad girl!) and pick based on that.

What about you... if you are just browsing, how do you pick a book?


Melissa said...

Covers are definitely the first thing that catch my eye, but I'll pass if the description is not interesting (to me). Sad to say that I've also passed on books with an interesting plot lines, but whose descriptions are horribly written.

Tia Bach said...

I hear you, Melissa. It's so hard to write a good description, but it's so important.