Connie A Thompson

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You Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

What makes a reader choose a book? A recommendation by a friend. New York Times Best Seller List. Favorite author. Blog post. Goodreads. Email. Price.

In 2011, there were almost 300,000 books published that year so how do you make your book stand out? A great cover helps.

thehelp Years ago I refused to initially buy The Help because I hated the cover. It just didn’t appeal to me. It was only after the novel received rave reviews and that it was offered as an e-book special that I finally succumbed and bought it. I’m so glad I did. It ranks as one of my top favorite reads, but it is one that I almost missed because of my aversion to the cover. I still don’t get what three birds have to do with the novel other than the story is really about three characters, two black and one white and how they relate to one another and the community where they live.

I love to peruse the aisles of the library and local bookstores. My local Indie bookstore, Hub City Bookshop has wonderful displays which encourage patrons to pick up the novels, read the covers, and even sit and read a bit before buying. While I love reading on my iPad, there is still something about holding a book with crisp, newly printed pages.

Here are the book covers that appealed to me the most this year.

Intriguing Book Covers of 2013

Intriguing Book Covers of 2013

Z by Therese Anne Fowler, In the Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve, Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall, The Interestings by Meg Worlitzer, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, The House Girl by Tara Conklin, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan, The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarity, and Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys.

Of course after making this list I realized these covers appeal to me as a woman and are part of the genres that I typically prefer to read from.