Blog Hop- Judge by the Cover

I haven't done a meme in a long time, but figured what the heck. I like this topic, as I tend to be a judgmental person and base my opinions solely on looks.

This week's blog hop is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish- top ten books you picked up based on their cover:

1. The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni (the "should have been a surgeon" part of me wanted it for the heart; great book)

2. How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack by Chuck Sambuchino (I got this book through Amazon Vine purely because of the garden gnomes of the front; short and funny)

3. The Wild Things by Dave Eggars (the novel interpretation of the recent movie; the edition I got was covered in fur with Max's eyes peaking out; really neat book for adult and kids)

4. The Russian Debutante's Daughter by Gary Shtenygart (for some reason the trashy girl lounging on the couch with rave reviews on the back intrigued me; it was fantastic, of course)

5. Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas (the book first attracted me with the black page ends, gold foil edges and strange shape; haven't read it yet)

6. The Learners by Chip Kidd (my husband actually bought it, but it's simple graphic novel-esque illustration with a 1/2 red slip cover just seemed neat; haven't read it yet)

7. The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander (a head of a young man with the face blanked out with a rectangle that holds the title information; interesting look at Argentina's Dirty War)

8. Composition No 1 by Marc Saporta (it's a "book in a box" that I talked about in older post; haven't yet read it)

9. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld (I'm a sucker for a classic look, and the belt on the white background just sucked me in; great "anti-chic lit" chic lit read)

10. The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan (this one is on my wish list from Amazon, but the heart filled with script on that white background again really caught my eye)

I never just buy a book based on the cover, but that is often enough to motivate me to look to the back or do some research online. Don't worry, I love the uglies too.


  1. That heart and the text on The Lover's Dictionary is the exact reason I picked it up. Well, that and the author of course. Seriously though, excellent book! You have to read it sometime soon. :o)

    Great picks! If you have a minute stop by to see what I picked this week at There's A Book.

  2. The Wild Things!! Great choice. I wish I had bought that book, if only for the cover. But I just didn't have the $35 to spend =/

  3. I must say Lover's Dictionary has caught my attention lately, too. I love that heart shaped script!

  4. The Russian sounds good. here is my list.