Musing Monday

Monday, July 13, 2009

I'm going to be trying out some weekly memes to see how I like them. So don't be confused if you see me do a bunch of different ones and then not return to some and stick to others! Today I'm trying Musing Monday.

Musing Monday is hosted by Becca of Just One More Page.

This week's musings are about book covers.

We all know the old adage about not judging a book by it’s cover, but just how much sway does a book cover have when it comes to your choice of book – whether buying or borrowing? Are there any books you’ve bought based on the cover alone?

My answer is below. To make the post fun (and pretty) I've added a few book covers I like. I've read one, half of one (back in high school), and the other I've been meaning to read forever.

Let's be real -- "judging a book by its cover" in both the literal and figurative sense is a natural human phenomenon. But I think most of us know better than to leave our judgments at that and not look further. I’ll admit, I love looking at books with pretty covers, and I will be more likely to look at those books out of all the others in a book store. And there’s probably a sub-conscious part of me that automatically wants to like the book/synopsis better because of it. In fact, I hate when I want to read a book but I end up getting (like off of paperbackswap or whatever) a book with a different cover. That being said, I don’t think I’d ever buy a book I hadn’t read before just because of the cover. If I liked the book cover AND the story sounded interesting, then yes, I’d be more likely to buy and/or borrow it. I will say that if I owned a book and later saw a different cover that I liked better (or if the publisher reprinted the books with a different cover) I would very likely trade the one I had (on paperbackswap) and buy the one with the better cover. So yeah, I guess covers do matter to me a little. =)


Hilarie said...

I wanted to thank you for my recent award! I really appreciated it. Wow, I have never seen a cover of Jane Eyre like that one! It certainly plays up the romantic aspect.

jackie tracy said...

What the heck is are "memes"?

Jenny said...

n. A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

I'm surprised you haven't heard the word before. I guess in this sense it is like a weekly thing where you fill out the same information... I think all those online things where you fill out information about yourself and then "tag" other people are referred to as memes. You've seen them on facebook, etc.

caite said...

a little cheery for The Bell Jar...

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