I think everyone agrees, book covers are important. An attractive cover catches the eye whether you’re shopping in a brick and mortar store or browsing your favorite online book store. If it’s pretty, you’re more likely to click or pick it up right?
For me, not as much. I tend to buy books based on recs from friends, Twitter and blogger buzz, etc. But I am not immune to the draw of the gorgeous cover. Case in point:
Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series is cover gold. This is one of the few series where I eagerly anticipate the next cover reveal. These covers are beautiful…and HOT. I made the decision to read this series based on recs from friends but I’m not going to lie to you, I got grabby hands when the first one arrived on my doorstep for review.
Another series that I look forward to the cover reveals is Lauren Dane’s Phantom Corps series:
Are you seeing a pattern here?
On the other hand I’ve read some amazing books with unfortunate covers.
Sheltered by Charlotte Stein was a great book but if I was browsing I would have passed this one over quickly. I bought it because a trusted friend promised me the read was much better than the cover, and it was. Thank goodness for recs.
Some series I anticipate the cover reveals because I’m excited about the next release and any little tidbit I get is exciting and appreciated.
J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series doesn’t have especially great covers but I’m always so excited about the next release, I practically turn inside out when the new cover is revealed. (Is it March 26th yet? I need Lover at Last!!!)
But while I appreciate nice covers, I’m not much of a cover stalker. I have a fairly short list of series I watch for new covers and I enjoy browsing around the book store looking at the pretties, but I just rely on my Twitter buddies and blogger friends to point out the stand out covers.
What series do you stalk for the cover reveals? Is there a particular cover that took your breath away? What book did you love but had to hide the cover from yourself because it was THAT bad?