Books I Judged by Their Covers

Happy Wednesday book enthusiasts and hello to any people who ended up here by mistake, welcome I promise we don’t bite! Today I thought I would do a post about some books I picked up because of their covers and whether it turned out to be a good idea or not. We all know the saying, don’t judge a book by its cover, but I’m sure at one point or another we all have. I mean you walk through a book store or browse online, what are you drawn to first? the cover! Beautiful covers have a way of drawing us in, and sometimes the book is equally as good, but other times we wish we had listened to the saying after all.

Book 1- Daughters of Ruin, by: K.D. Castner


This book, about surrogate sisters vying for the same throne reminded me of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. At least that’s what the synopsis lead me to believe… The over is gorgeous, the cartoon aspects with the sort of darker overtones really caught my eye. I was so excited to put it on my shelf and start reading. This book fell very short of any expectations the cover gave me. The story felt clunky and poorly executed, with rushed character development and a plot that was too ambitious for the author to complete successfully. I definitely should have listened to my gut and not judged this book by its beautiful cover.

Book 2-The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, by: Mackenzie Lee


This is a much happier story than book one. It was almost Christmas last year and I was walking through Chapters (a Canadian book store chain) just looking at the books, and I saw this one on the recommended shelf. Now, I don’t typically read historical fiction, or regular fiction for that matter, but this cover reached out to me. I put the book on my wish list and amazingly was gifted it for Christmas. I loved this book, the characters and their relationships were so vibrant and engaging. I really felt for Percy and Monty and the struggles they faced as non heterosexual young men in a society that was far from accepting. In this case this amazing cover lead me to a wonderful book I would have otherwise missed out on.

Book 3-  With Malice, by: Eileen Cook


This is another book who’s gorgeous cover pulled me in with the promise of a thriller-mystery set in Europe. What I got was more of a disconnected re-telling set in America, and very little time in Europe. I was quite disappointed to say the least. Perhaps if you are a first time thriller reader this book will be more your thing, but for me it had too many familiar aspects I have read in other books before.

Book 4- An Ember in the Ashes, by: Sabaa Tahir


This is a different story again, I had avoided this book for a while because for some reason the cover really put me off. I don’t know exactly why but I just didn’t like it. Then one day I decided to finally give it a try since it was showing up on all my recommended lists. I was blown away, it is still one of my absolute favourite books, and I almost missed out on it because I was too focused on the cover.

Book 5- Shatter Me, by: Tahereh Mafi


Ok so don’t hate me, I know many people love this series, but I just didn’t enjoy it. I bought the book because I couldn’t tear my eyes away from that cover, it is just amazing (the rest of the series is equally as beautiful). I just couldn’t connect to any of the characters and found the story a bit repetitive. In the end I only read the first book in the series, and I have to fight the urge to buy the others because I love the covers so much!

What are some books you judged by their covers? was it a success or did you wish you had looked pas the cover to the story inside?

19 thoughts on “Books I Judged by Their Covers

  1. I am exactly the same with shatter me! Although i think i liked it more than you i have never been tempted to actually read the other books in the series but i have been so tempted to buy them because they are just so pretty! I am actually in the process of getting rid of some books and shatter me is on my maybe pile because although i’m probably never going to reread it again i don’t want to get rid of it because it’s so gorgeous! 😍😍😂😂

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  2. Shatter Me is a real draw to me but I have seen mixed reviews. I love covers but I also go by the strength of the synopsis

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