Do covers pull you in?
I would be lying if I said I was not influenced by the cover art, as it’s a nice shorthand to lead me to what the book might be about. At least I need the Author and Book Title in an easy to find place – either on the front or on the spine. If it’s a historical novel, I want an image that implies the time frame it’s written in (see Philippa Gregory cover titles for instance)
However, it’s not the only thing that will make me but a book – I have written previously on What it takes for me to choose a book and the book cover is way down the list.
I will be put off certain books by their cover art – I’ve heard that Patricia Scanlon, Celia Ahern et al have written some fabulous books over the years, unfortunately, their cover art – often pink with cupcakes and knitting on the front – has dissuaded me from even picking them up to read the blurb on the back. I have a preconceived idea – probably wrong – that these are saccharine layered books, targeted to those Ladies who Lunch who dont need to read something too taxing
I put the same question to you, dear reader – Do covers pull you in or put you off?