May 12, 2015

Suze Loves: Beautiful Covers

I have to admit that I buy books because of their cover. If the cover is ugly the story can still be great, so it doesn't work the other way around, but a beautiful cover makes me want to buy a book without even knowing what it's about. Covers can be true works of art and they're sometimes so gorgeous that they have to be admired.

If a book with a beautiful cover is as beautiful on the inside it's definitely a winner for me and I'll keep it. I would never get rid of a book of the cover art is stunning. I don't think covers don't matter, I think they do. Who doesn't want to look at something pretty? It's much more attractive if a book has stunning art on the outside. And I think artists who make those covers are heroes. They should be admired and celebrated and the work they do is very important. To some people it even matters a lot. 

I love art in all forms and covers are part of the overall experience of buying a book. I often go through my selection of books, both paper books and kindle books, just to look at the covers. I especially like it when a book has raised lettering, colored sheets or glitters. Books like that are made to be admired, to be loved and cherished. Not only because of the story, but also because of their covers. 

I think cover art and story writing are two completely different things. I know hard work and a lot of careful planning goes into the covers of books. I love that covers are being shared on twitter, I like looking at them. Now that the summer is near I'm already looking forward to bright colored happy images. Every season has stunning cover art and there's always something to look forward to. Looking at books is completely free, but it sometimes feels like being in an online art gallery. I've got so much respect for the artists, they deserve to be praised and to receive credit for what they do. I love cover artists and am happy they are there to make books even more special.


  1. I completely agree with you: I'm lucky enough to have been brought up with an appreciation of reading and for me books are so much more than 'just' the story. To me they are tangible oases in what would otherwise be a fairly humdrum life. I cherish them and display them to their best advantage so the artwork is very important, the spines especially so. For example, the design of Zusak's The Book Thief and James Morrow's The Last Witchfinder catch my imagination and make me want to read them. These artists/designers help sell the book to me and should be praised far more often.

  2. Anyone who says that the cover is not an influence in why they buy a book is lying. :-)

  3. I agree with Lisa - even if you know the cover is no indication of the quality of the book inside, you will still be drawn to it and swayed by it!

  4. I agree I often buy a book because the cover attracts me.

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