BUY ON BOOK COVER ALONE?
Wipe that sweat from your chests and bra lines and start acting like its Fall! If only the weather would cooperate. Okay, so I’m having a count down until the official day of Fall hits September 23. I have decoration issues. Doesn’t everyone? LOL. I mean some are already counting down to Christmas already. My kids being two of those random peoples.
Along with the great Fall season, however, comes the cough and cold season. BLAH. I really didn’t need my sinuses inflamed or my tomato soup and crackers today, but so goes life. Which means it’s even a better day to go window shopping on the top 11-20 Goodreads published books of September.
Forget your shoes, leave your wallets, and let’s go window shopping.
Remember the HOT DAMN objective!
If a book cover (designer, publisher, and marketing team) had done their job correctly, then you would’ve picked up that book and turned it over to find out more. So let’s have a bit of fun and do some window shopping with Cover Art alone.
No Blurbs, No Author Bias, Hands Down Picking a Book on Nothing but the Cover Art Alone.
What should I know? The tagline in the center of the novel makes me feel as if I should have a glass pressed against all of my neighbor’s doors. HA. Right? How would that end up?
Neighbor, “Why you pressing a glass to my door?”
Me… runs away with no explanation.
I’m curious. The book is def not my usual read, but the simplicity states the genre of psychology or could it be self-help? Help me understand. I do love how the only color on the cover highlights the tag, which draws so many questions.
There are only a few ways I know how to tell things about people I don’t know. One, stare with binoculars to find out and be nosy as hell. (HA)
Two, try to read facial/muscle actions to pin what they say is true or not.
Three, something this book is about to tell me ’cause I’m picking it up as not just a HOT DAMN BUY, but a HOT DAMN TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE PEOPLE I DON’T KNOW.
Frankly, I do adore you.
Don’t you want to stick your fingers into the letters to feel all the layers? I’m a sucker for trickery in this visual context. Frankly, I love the author’s name is also following the same artist font format. It’s simple, yet elevated. Again another cover where the words are the Art.
Sigh… gotta love.
I appreciate it when a design can be so strong. Def a Hot Damn Buy for me!
OH HELL YEAH!
So I’ve read this author and her novel SKY IN THE DEEP. Her first cover sold me then, and the second cover is def selling me now. So remember to forget the author. Y’all, this cover is breathtaking.
Genre, fantasy, darkish, check. Intrigue, check. Not like anything on the market I’ve seen. DEF Check.
I want this Cover Bad. Why did the sea give her back? More importantly, did the sea take something from her and does she want vengeance?
Whatever she wants she’s got arrows and is gonna bust someone in the ass. Def a HOT DAMN BUY.
I love art. I breathe art. I, however, love when the title of a novel stands out from the art or apart of the art.
The title here is just laid over the image. Perhaps that’s the intention to have it seem like a piece of framed art. Still, I don’t care for the title placement at all. It seems so forced. I get this is a historical maybe, but other than that I’m not sure.
I keep wanting to love this cover. If it was a more well-known masterpiece of art it could’ve worked. Like the Girl with the Pearl Earring, Mona Lisa. Everyone knows them, so to use it on a cover, wham instant notoriety. But still, title placement!
For me, this would, unfortunately, be a Pass.
Death carries in my blade. Death follows where I go. Death isn’t fiction. Death is blood and bone. Never ask for my name, for I will only be known as Death.
Sorry, I dove off into my writer-self. Isn’t this the vibe you totally get from this cover. OH, this is dark. Like wicked dark and I’m on board. The depiction of the art on the cover is exquisite.
Bones flying through the air. Look at that skull. Damn.
I want this book bad. Def HOT DAMN BUY!
More like tender to my heart. I do love the setting sun scenery.
The figure on the dock seems vulnerable and really embodies the word tender. I get this delicate type of sensation. That I will disturb the solitude of the person by picking up the book. Something deep emotional is lurking inside this cover.
I’m not sure of the genre. Is the figure young? Can’t tell. I think male, but could be female. I wish I could pin the genre ’cause this would tell me more.
At the end of contemplating this cover, I’d walk away. I’m too unsure of what to expect. Pass.
James Patterson Presents? So is this Kerri, someone who mentored under him now publishing? One can only assume unless he’s become a publisher. That said, I’m gonna shove his big ass name of high author status to the side and look at the cover alone.
Historical, mystery, perhaps thriller. The figure is holding some kind of weird riding crop, a weapon? Then there’s the setting, the image of the far off city with a Ferris wheel. The cover reads great, sets the tone, setting, genre, and the title drive interest.
I’m interested. I think this would slide into my TBR pile.
This cover is abstract.
I get the figure is red, which reflects the title RED AT THE BONE. After that, I’ve actually lost interest. I can’t tell the genre, and you would have to read the blurb to understand what this book is even about. Per rules, I can’t.
So I would walk past this cover. The design of this cover is risky, but then the size of the author’s name implies the author is established. Therefore design might not be of huge importance to set the genre and mood of the book.
I don’t know about you, but I had this instant cold war Russian spy feel. Def a historical given the old fashioned imagery used.
Will this lady seduce someone to find out information? Will this put her in jeopardy? Will she be running for her life to relay the secrets before untold harm occurs across the world?
High stakes, high tension I presuming. She’s focused, calculating, or perhaps she’s the spy trying to find information for the enemies.
This cover provokes a ton of questions, which means I’d want to read the blurb. Per rules, I can’t. So I would pass for now.
What in the hell is it with anniversary editions?
Did they all of a sudden forget there needs to be a cover? I’m just at a loss. All I can see is some poor man’s legs chopped off and stuck at the corner of the cover. Sorry man without the top half of your body.
Second, what the heck happened to the author’s name? Like damn, it’s almost getting axed like the other half of the poor man up top. Why? There is so much dead yellow space. The empty portions of the cover aren’t being used.
Prime real estate not being used? WTH! I hope the first 5 million copies sold had a better cover than this edition does. HARD PASS.
COVER SHOPPING RECAP!
So from the top 11-20, I would walk away after any of my last-minute debates with these 5 on Cover alone. Not bad. Tons to add to a never-ending TBR list, right?
FOR MY NEWBIE READERS, YOU MIGHT BE THINKING…
THIS IS CRAZY. WHO BUYS ON LOOKS ALONE?
Well, most of society, even those who claim to not be persuaded by this are in some small capacity. We buy clothes, food, movies, shows, products, etc. based on how it appears. How it is marketed. Imagery feeds the soul, the mind, and tantalizes its viewer. Creates desire, intrigue. Which is why getting the cover of a novel right is paramount for its author, genre, and readers.
What books would you buy on the cover alone?
Remember the rules! Tell me your picks below in the comments. Please let me know if you’ve read any of these bad boys! Did the covers do the novel justice?
Stay tuned and keep an eye out for the third edition of HOT DAMN LOOK AT THAT COVER in September dropping next week! We will switch gears from Goodreads top 20 to ABA top 20.
MOTHER COVER LOVER OUT!