TGIF at GReads! is a weekly feature for Fridays created to re-cap the week's posts and to propose a question to followers.
The question for this week is:
Book Appeal: When you're browsing Goodreads, the library, or another blogger's reviews, what grabs your attention to make you want to read it?
This question is very easy for me - book cover! It doesn't matter whether I am at the library, searching through Goodreads, or through other blogs, the first thing that has to catch me is the cover. If I don't find the cover the least bit intriguing, it is not very likely I even bother to read the summary. I know I probably miss out on some great books because of it, but the cover is a huge factor for me.
In some cases, even if a cover doesn't draw my attention right away, but I know from a friend or another blogger, whose opinion I trust and value, that said book is definitely worth reading, I will pick it up, and at least give it a try.
Next is always the summary. Even though you can get lucky by just picking up a book with a stunning cover without even reading the back cover, it can also backfire. I always, always read the summary because even when some books' covers practically scream at me to "pick them up and read them", there have been books where I absolutely adored the covers, but could not connect to the plot at all. So, even though I tend to do it quite a bit, I probably shouldn't judge a book solely by its cover.
Speaking of covers, here are a few of my favorites from last year:
When I first saw this cover, it gave me the creeps. I could feel chills running down my spine without even knowing what it was about. All I knew was I had to read it.
I haven't read this book yet, but this is another one of those covers which drew me in the second I saw it. There is something about this, that just will not let me go.
Another gorgeous and haunting cover. The story fit the cover very well.