|Faber's 50th Anniversary edition of the Plath classic (source)|
As a fashion blogger, I am of course interested in the appearance of all things and that includes book covers. While I'm willing to overlook a badly-designed cover in favour of what I've been told is a good book, it's the front of a novel which encourages me to indulge in an impulse buy. Some of the best books I've read of late have been picked up purely because their covers matched something my subconscious seemed to be searching for. I noticed You Deserve Nothing the other day in the library because I liked the font and the girl's outfit. After a brief scan of the short blurb confirmed it was the kind of thing I was interested in, I dove straight in, and loved every second. It was like the book had been written purely for me. I felt like I'd had every thought which occurred to the three protagonists. Not bad for something picked up on impulse right?
|Alexander Maksik's debut (source)|
What I'm trying to say is that the appearance of a book is important to me, so I definitely do judge them by their covers. Is it partially because I want it to look good on my shelf or in my hands on the Underground? Of course. But it's also to do with capturing my attention. The thing about You Deserve Nothing is that its cover could never hope to convey everything I found inside, but it still drew me in long enough to glance at the description and I was instantly hooked. Perhaps that's what Faber are aiming for with their new The Bell Jar cover; it's both intriguing and aesthetically pleasing. New readers might be captured long enough to check the blurb or read the first page, which is all it takes to get you into a really good book.
How do you choose your books? Is the cover important to you?