How do you choose your next read – by the cover? That’s me!

I think we can all admit that we pay a lot of attention to book covers. I often pick my next read solely because of its cover! Shallow, I know, but I’m a bit of a pantser when it comes to choosing. I almost never read the best seller lists because I don’t want to be influenced. I do have the advantage of working in a library and I see a lot of covers while I’m there. That said, if a friend recommends a book, I will probably read it right away, regardless of what the cover does for me.

Today I’m sharing Book Club Mom’s favorite book covers since I started blogging in 2013. Although I’ve liked a lot of book covers over the years, only eight made my all-time list.

Click the titles to read my reviews:

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane – 4 stars

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett – 5 stars

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano – 4 stars

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett – 4.5 stars

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – 3 stars

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – 5 stars

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick – 4 stars

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 5 stars

Mayflower may look a little weird in there with all those novels, but I really like looking at that cover! How do you decide what to read next? Do you read reviews and best seller lists? Talk to friends? Look at the covers like I do? What are your favorite book covers?

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40 thoughts on “How do you choose your next read – by the cover? That’s me!

  1. Oh yes, I pay attention to book covers. One of my faves is The Unsuitable by Molly Pohlig. The scissors didn’t make sense at first, and then I thought, “That’s a very clever book cover.”

  2. Although I do pay attention to book covers, I often pass up the glitzy cover in favor of authors in 1-2 writing groups that have books coming out. My last two choices (reading and reviewing) fall into that category.

    By the way, I agree with your ratings: Dear Edward – 4 stars & Where the Crawdads Sing – 5 stars. Neither Amazon nor Goodreads provide for 4.5 stars, but I wish they did.

    1. Hi Marian – I see so many book covers at my library job so that even when I’m not actively thinking about them, they’re on my mind. I agree with the .5 option. It’s very useful! Thanks for the visit 🙂

  3. I’m the same. I’m immediately grabbed by a good book cover. Then I’ll check the back. So far, so good. The likelihood is I’ll buy it and read it. There have been times when I’ve made mistakes though! X

  4. Since I read more on my Kindle these days, the cover isn’t as big of a purchasing factor as in years past. While browsing stores, I’m always drawn to beach covers.

    1. Hi Jill. Yes, my Kindle is black and white so the covers are less interesting. I’ve always wondered why when you start reading a Kindle book, it never starts at the cover, just at the first page of the story. I always go back and look at it, despite it not being in color. I like the beach covers too – so relaxing! Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope you are doing well 🙂

  5. I do to some extent, but if I’m overly influenced by them, it’s unconsciously. I tend to look for appealing books by genre, so I’m not much bothered with the bestseller list, either.

  6. Love a good review! I pick mine from Kindle and good reads and my women’s magazines. Also the recommended for you section. I will have to out The Commonwealth on my the as I loved The Dutch House

    1. Hi Alison – you make informed choices – that’s great. I don’t know why I don’t do that because sometimes I’m disappointed. Ann Patchett is one of my favorite writers. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

    1. I’m going to have to look that one up. I like a nice book cover and like seeing it on the table when I’m not reading it! Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  7. Hi, Barb – I love that book covers highly influence your selection. Since I am in multiple book clubs (currently three, but as high as five at one time) that is where the majority of my titles come from.
    BTW – I loved Where the Crawdads Sing and The Interestings (both Book Club reads). 😀

    1. Hi Donna – I think we may have similar tastes! I can’t imagine being in 5 book clubs. I used to be in 2 but now I just run the mystery one at work. I need to read another book by Meg Wolitzer – I loved The Interestings!

  8. These are all great! I do love beautiful book covers. I find myself once again with too many ARCs that I’m committed to, so this year I’m going mostly by a schedule in terms of next reads — but a gorgeous cover will absolutely motivate more to pick up a book or make it a priority.

    1. Hi Lisa – you’re a better ARC reader than I am. I still have unread NetGalley books on my Kindle. I’m sure they hate me for not following through! I’m too attracted to the pretty covers to commit 🙂

  9. I always notice covers, and they do influence my choice to read the book or not. I always admired the cover of The Immortalists – love the colors.

  10. I’m fascinated by book covers. Where was the inspiration for it, why this, is there a by-line and so on. The back cover is also interesting to me. Your choice highlights the author rather boldly … Thanks Barbara, hope this finds you well.

    1. Hi Susan – I really love book covers and seeing the different trends publishers follow. You’re right about the back covers, too. Thank you for stopping by. I am well and I hope you are too. I’ll be over soon to say hello – I saw that you have a new post today!

  11. When I was reading the Dutch House I would often stop reading and just look at the cover. The way the girl is staring out from the page direct towards us was mesmerising. It’s one of the few novels where the text actually links strongly to the cover artwork.

    1. Hi Robbie – that’s very interesting that you don’t pay too much attention to book covers. I think because I work in a library and see so many covers, they are always on my mind. Thanks so much for stopping by. I agree that the classic books have pretty dull covers 😉

  12. All wonderful covers and yes, I’m guilty of this too! ‘The Imomrtalist’ is a stunning striking cover. One recent book I picked up was ‘Miss Benson’s Beetle’ by Rachel Joyce because of its intense vibrant cover – both beautiful and unsettling which sums up the book exactly!

    1. We’re of like minds here, Annika. I just looked up Miss Benson’s Beetle and I agree, that’s a great cover! Thanks for reading and commenting – happy weekend 🙂

  13. A great collection of covers, Barbara, and yes, I let the covers pull me in, too. 🙂 Then I read the summary on the back to see if the story interests me. Only once in a blue moon will I check the best seller’s list. Happy reading!

    1. Hi Lauren – I find I am often disappointed by the best seller list, although I do like to see what’s “hot.” That said, I’m often pretty random in what I choose to read. I feel free doing that and gravitate towards the pretty covers. Thanks for reading!

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