Thursday, September 2, 2010

Book Blogger Hop #5 / My Week In Review

September 3-6, 2010

Give me a quick second ok? *does a quick scan of her bedroom, feeling along the edges of her door, moving books on her bookshelves, peeking under the bed and digging through the sock draw* Hmmm nothing. I could've sworn that some how Jennifer at Crazy-For-Books had some how bugged my room because ONCE AGAIN this week's question is one I had JUST asked myself a few days ago when I was participating in Teaser Tuesday and Waiting On Wednesday. Here's the question :

Do You Judge A Book By Its Cover?

(you know the drill ... click the title )

I am an EXTREMELY visual person and so unfortunately I do judge a book by it's cover. When I'm at the bookstore and I'm looking for books to buy, obviously the first thing I look for is authors I know and love. Once I've cleaned the shelves of any new books, I begin the process of systematically scanning the shelves. I look over the title/author and when I see something that catches my eye, I pull it off the shelf to look at it. I LOVE color and I instantly gravitate to it. I'll admit to as a lover of romance, if it has a hot guy on it, I gravitate to it also. I'm turned off by chaotic covers, cheesy covers and FABIO covers (cringes) Does the cover mean I instantly buy the book? No, it just means I hold it in my hand long enough to flip it over and read the blurb. If the blurb sparks my interest and excitement, into the cart it goes. I've used this "system" for as long as I can remember BUT it is flawed, flawed, flawed and I've had to retrain myself. Here's just one example - have you seen the covers of the Tairen Soul series? Kinda cheesy and so they would be the type of books I would have passed over. Can I tell you what a TRAGEDYof EPIC proportions that would have been!!! Those books are one of my "hallelujah chorus" series and I love them so deeply that my heart hurts just thinking about how close I came to not reading them. There are alot of books on my shelves I love that would never have past "the muster" if I hadn't changed. It's still hard sometimes to fight the urge to reject a book because of its cover but I'm getting alot better. That's unless it has Fabio on it and then I don't care it contains the secrets of the universe, it stays on the shelf :D

Just as a FYI, this week I've added a few new things to my site:

Book Review - The Windswept Flame
Book Review - The Pirate Vortex
Book Review - The Highwayman Of Tanglewood
Memes - In My Mailbox, Teaser Tuesday, Waiting On Wednesday

Coming Up:

A new In The Spotlight with Marcia McClure
The "Ravish Me" giveaway
Updated rating system

Happy reading :)



Thanks for coming by. I'm visual too. I'm the kind that can't do it if you tell me but I can if you show me. Wish I had learned that in math a little sooner. Anyway, I think that's why the cover has such an appeal to me. But that's not to say I won't look at a book if the cover is blah. Give me a good title or someone has told me about it. Give me some motivation to pick it up and I'll look at it. But a pretty cover will have me making a bee line for it every time. It's why I have so many unused cookbooks and gardening and decorating books. The pictures are so damn pretty!

Heather Buried in Books

Ree (Literary Obsession) said...

Thanks for dropping by and commenting, it's good to know that I'm mostly not alone in my "look, a pretty!" attitude about covers. :)

BTW - if your blog was a book cover, I'd stop and pick it up. I do heart pink a ton!

Cass (Words on Paper) said...

I like the look of your blog! It's so girly, but somehow elegant and fun and sophisticated and...

Thanks for following me! I'm following you back. Hope to see some reviews from you soon!cep

GREYZ said...

Dropping by via the hop. :) Already a follower. I love your site! Have great weekend.

PapeRDoLL said...

hi, Im a hopper, and I am a very visual person too. I have to check that series you're talking about out


Misha1989 said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am already a follower.
Have a great weekend

Badass Bookie said...

Hi there!

Just hopping over via hop! I love your blog design it's so pretty! I'm sure to stop over some other time! Have a great weekend and happy reading!

Til next time,
Lisa (Badass Bookie) xx

Precious said...

Hi! I found you through the hop and I'm now following you. I can see that we review the same genre of books! Looking forward to reading your reviews!

If you want you can visit my blog. Have a nice day!

Fragments of Life

Alison said...

Bad covers are a real travesty, I agree. I hate the cover for the paperback of If I Stay; I much prefer the simplicity of the hardback. But of course taste in covers are so subjective. Everyone likes different things.
My Hop

Kristin said...

Stopping by via the hop...I think it depends - there's a place and time when book covers come into play as to whether I will read the book.

Happy Friday!
Always With a Book

Aisle B said...

Hell yeah! I am a COVER ADDICT! Can't help myself but I WANT WANT WANT when the cover is calling out to me. One addiction that will be with me for life ;)

Have a great weekend and remember to shout out when you're done the latest Feehan. I seriously have to get the collection underway without the sporadic empty spots between the Dark series. Wish me luck finding a book sale in the area.

Aisle B

Tina (Book Couture) said...

I absolutely agree with you - who doesn't judge a book by its cover? If only a little. ><

Your blog is amazingly designed, as usual. I love the bold colours (and pink is a personla fave!) ^-^

●▬▬๑۩Book Couture۩๑▬▬●

AngelGoneMad said...


Stopping by via the blog hop.

I don't think your system is flawed =) Sounds quite good to me, as you aren't buying them based solely on the cover. Pretty covers attract me at first but if I don't like the synopsis then I don't buy it.

I'm a new follower, have a nice day!

Naomi aka Supernatural Bookworm

Alissa said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your layout here is amazing - I love both the design and style. :]

Glad to know someone else is guilty of judging books by their covers. Hehe.

Have a good weekend!

sarahreadstoomuch said...

Hopping through... love your answer.

CMash said...

I admit, if its not an author that I will automatically buy regardless of the cover, I do judge the covers if I should pick up and read the synopsis.

Black Disaster Fairy said...

Hello, I'm hopping on by to say "hi". I love your snoopy dance! So cute!

Black Disaster Fairy

Jenny said...

I'm an old follower I just wanted to pop in and say hi! I judge a book by it's cover as well, it's hard not to sometimes. I think part of the reason I haven't read the Tairen Soul series is for that reason, but you and everyone else says their brilliant so I think I need to get past it:)

Danielle said...

I'm just stopping by to say hello and wish you a happy Friday. Yeah its finally here! :)I'm an old follower.

Have a great weekend!!

Emidy (Une Parole) said...

Hey, thanks so much for visiting earlier! Covers definitely play a role for me. They're the first thing that draws me to a book, so I guess you could say I'm more likely to read a book with a cover that interests me!

Kt said...

Just stopped by for the hop. I'm guilty of judging books by their cover. I hope you have a great weekend!!
A Book Obsession..

Make sure to check out my 100 followers contest here if you haven't entered! Ends 9/6

Nina said...

Hi, thank you for stopping by at my blog. :) Have a wonderful weekend!

Lover of Romance said...

Thanks for visiting my site, so I thought that I would return the favor!!! I hope that you are having a good weekend so far!!!

Happy Reading!

Candace said...

Thanks for hopping by! I'm a new follower, love your blog! Have a great weekend!

Lu said...

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a good weekend and an especially good Friday!

Savannah Smith said...

I love your blog! :)
Hahaha, I have to agree with you on pretty much everything. Especially the "Fabio covers" bit! I think I laughed out loud...which is why I'm getting weird looks from the people around me

angelatarantula said...

hey there, thanks for hopping by my blog! I try not to judge my books by their cover, but sometimes I just can't help it.

Angela Z

Super said...

Hopping by to say hi! Have a great weekend.

Noe and Suz said...

Hey, we are stopping by and saying hi. We're now a new follower!

Btw, a hot guy on the cover (for me with wings). I'm sold.

LMW said...

Who doesn't love a cover with a hot guy on it? I know those are my favs! Wish I had a hot guy on my book covers, but I want one in particular and I can't afford him yet!! LOL Have a super day!

Mandy said...

Hopping along and found your site.
I'm your newest follower. I love covers with hot men on it *aigh* Especially men in kilts riding a horse and wearing a dirk!
Come and see me at

anjohnston said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following me! I really appreciate it.

I love your blog. The header and colors are beautiful! I also judge books by their covers. I can't help it!

Have an awesome weekend and I'm your newest follower!
Down The Rabbit Hole

Lyndsey said...

I do love a book with a pretty cover but wont buy it just because of that. One thing I do hate about covers is reading the book and finding out the cover has nothing at all to do with the story!

Paranormal Haven said...

Thanks for stopping by! I find a lot of PNR covers to be cheesy but I ususally like the UF ones. Have a great weekend!

Stephanie G
Paranormal Haven

Must Love Books said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the layout!! It's so colorful! I'm now following :)

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Thanks for stopping by! I sometimes judge a book by it's cover, but I won't pass up a book just because I'm not in love with the art on the front.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Danielle said...

Now I am intrigued by this Tarien Soul series...hmmm.. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have a question for you. I have never read a romance in my life. So if I were to jump on the bandwagon, what would I start with?

Midnight Bloom said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog and the compliment! I'm pretty visual too when it comes to covers, from the models to the fonts- it can't be helped. It's a good thing I always read the description though as well to see if I'd like it.

Have a great weekend! :)

Kah Woei said...

Me too ... I'm more apt to look at books whenever I love the covers. But of course, that isn't all that determines whether I'll actually read it or not.

Christine said...


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting!

I´m also someone who is easily seduced by a great cover. I actually bought Halo just necause of it! :)

Have a great weekend!



Jennifer said...

Thanks for stopping by on the hop. Love your page.

Have a great weekend!


Debbie's World of Books said...

Hopping through. I totally agree about the Fabio covers. I almost missed out on one of my favorite books because he was on the cover.

Stephany said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm already a follower,
Haha, hot guys FTW!!

Laurie (BittenbyParanormalRomance) said...

Thanks for stoping by. I should have both reviews monday. I liked them both.
Have a good weekend

La Coccinelle said...

I don't like the "Fabio" covers, either. LOL

Thanks for stopping by my site!

Shari said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm so glad you did. I'm now following because... well, it's too great not too! Have a wonderful weekend. Shari over at

Diva's Bookcase said...

Yes! Another cover lover. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hot covers just jump out at me and if the book summary is good, I can't not read it.

Have a good weekend.

Bailey said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by The Window Seat Reader! Gotta love good cover designs! I totally agree. Have a good weekend.

literarywife said...

Thanks for stopping by The Literary Wife. I love your blog design; the colors are spectacular! Hope you can stop by again in the future.

Kristi Bernard said...

Hello fellow hopper. Love your blog. I do judge a book by its cover.

Loni said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You've had a lot of visitors this week!

Lisa (starmetal_oak) said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I'm following you now too :)

@lex said...

Thank you for visiting me! I must say, you are hilarious! I love your blog title as well.
It really is so hard not to judge books by covers! It makes me sad that I can't help it. ;)
Have a great day!

Mrs. Yusko said...

Thanks for the follow! I am finally finding my way to you. Great your point about the cover making you pick up the book and investigate it more. Looking forward to reading more!