I wish I could say that I was one of those people who do not judge a book by its cover but, I am. I am so one of those people who will read a book solely on the cover. That does not mean that I won’t read something that sounds good but if a cover does not capture my imagination it is very hard for me to pick up the book.
I think that is why it is so hard for me to read on my kindle. I love to look at the cover. I like using the flap for a book mark and I even like to see the author’s picture looking back at me. Sue me, I am visual.
My first love is art and design. I respect that someone poured their heart and soul into the design. I even respect those who just do it and think nothing of it because they are so talented that they take it for granted.
I once thought I could make a living in the commercial arts but it was not for me. Cutting and pasting was tedious and I could not draw as well as those around me. Since Photoshop has replaced all that I learned to do by hand, I think if I were to take it up now it would be different.
My Top 5 Favorite Book Covers
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This is not just a book (or series of books) but art. Each page is a piece of correspondence either by postcard or by letter that you remove from its envelope. The story is beautiful and tragic but the pages are breathtaking.
The whimsy that is captured in this design sums up the book as well as the myth that witches are evil looking woman with crooked noses and pointed boots that ride brooms.
The cover screamed at me to read and became the favorite book of my teenage years. Lighting, spooky fog and an old house in New Orleans, sold!
I love the simplicity of the design and the mystery of what it could mean.
Silly and fun, like the book but overly simplified to hide the complexity of the themes.