Books I bought based on their covers/titles/blurbs

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So…I actually wrote this a few hours ago and never posted it. And now it’s technically Wednesday.

This week’s topic?

We've all been told not to judge a book by its cover. But we all do it. We also judge books by their titles. I know that a lot of work goes into cover art - and so I think it's an acceptable factor in your decision to spend $15-$20 on a book that it cover and/or title be pleasing. So here are 10 books that I've judged and bought based on their cover art and/or title. And whether or not that judging led me astray.

I wanted to see if there would be an upcoming post for books we picked up because of the blurbs and there wasn’t, so I’m adding it on here. I decided to also include a video so you can see all the pretty covers and hear why I chose the following!

YouTube Link

*EYES LIKE STARS by Lisa Matchev
*HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire
*DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
*WITHER by Lauren DeStefano
*MERMAID: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon
*MADE IN THE USA by Billie Letts
*THE BOOK OF HEROES by Miyuki Miyabe
*THE ROSE LABYRINTH by Titania Hardie
*THE MAP OF TRUE PLACES by Brunonia Barry

Annnnnnd books I chose based on their blurbs:

*THE YEAR OF FOG by Michelle Richmond
“Highly Recommended [for fans of] authors like Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard.” –Library Journal (starred review)
*LOOKS by Madeleine George “Brilliant.”—Robin McKinley
*BEFORE THE STORM by Diane Chamberlain “Diane Chamberlain is the Southern Jodi Picoult.” –New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe
*THE REST OF HER LIFE by Laura Moriarty “Are the sins of the parents visited upon the children, or vice versa? Laura Moriarty’s raw, honest novel about an ordinary family whose life changes in one extraordinary moment resonates like an emotional tuning fork. You’ll be asking yourself what you would do in this situation, long after you’ve finished reading.” –Jodi Picoult AND “Laura Moriarty writes with unflinching honesty and clear-eyed compassion…Her characters are as real as mirrors and sentiment never crosses the line to sentimentality. Laura Moriarty can do this surpassingly well. I carried this book everywhere I went.” –Jacquelyn Mitchard
*THE GLAMOROUS (DOUBLE) LIFE OF ISABEL BOOKBINDER by Holly McQueen “If you like Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic books and you miss Bridget Jones, then meet Isabel.” –The Main on Sunday (4 Stars)
*THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson “Engrossing.”—Tamora Pierce


  1. Eyes Like Star I bought because of the title and the cover
    Divergent title and all the hype
    Mermaid the title especially the part with the "Twist on the classic tale"

  2. ohmygoodness! i NEED to stop coming over here! you feature too many amazing sounding books!!!!
    btw, bonnie, what exactly do you do for your job? you're always talking about picking up arc's you see at work.

  3. @Kristina: Glad it's not just me! :)

    @Vic *clings* Don't stop coming! I love you? I sell books! Never sell books. Waaaaay too much temptation to have more! LOL!! And then you go, "Oh, but it's cheaper than buying it for my ereader..."

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