Afternoon, friends! Welcome back. I hope you’re all doing well. Today, I’m catching up with yesterday’s LTB post that I missed. As always, Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by me and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
This week’s topic was: good covers vs good plots (suggested by Krupali @ Musings of Souls)
Without further ado, let’s get started!
A lot of you already know that I don’t buy books. I’m a diligent user of my e-library, and I’m thankful that I even have the option of reading from my library since some other people don’t.
Because I use my online library, I don’t just depend on my liking of the cover to read a book. It definitely helps me decide which book to look into further, but I don’t borrow a book solely because the cover is pretty. The synopsis has to be interesting enough as well.
This does mean that if I think a cover is ugly or it just doesn’t grab my attention, I won’t pick it up and I could be missing out on a superb book. Case in point, I have yet to read Fonda Lee’s Jady City despite it’s many many many raving reviews because I frankly think the cover is just Nope. So I hadn’t bothered to look into it further to know what it’s really about.
However, a friend who loved it has insisted I read it despite the cover, and the synopsis actually sounds interesting now that I’ve been compelled to read it. So, I’m reversing my stance on that.
I know for a fact that I’m missing out on a lot of other awesome books because of this, but there’s only so much time in the world, and it’s a lot easier to spend more time looking into a book if the cover gives me the feeling that it has potential. It’s not a perfect way of choosing books, but unless someone vouches/recommends the book, I’ll probably just continue looking for new books this way.
Do you love a book less if the cover is ugly even if the story is good? Do you like covers less if it turns out the story inside isn’t very interesting?
I’d like to think that an ugly cover doesn’t make me love a book less. I don’t usually think about the cover once I start reading, so I don’t think it would affect my opinion in the end. Maybe it makes me biased when I start the book, but I still try to judge it based on the story itself at the end of the day. I have ended up disliking and even hating books with gorgeous covers, so yeah, ultimately, the story is what matters.
And that also ties in with the second question: I still think the covers are gorgeous even if the story was awful. It’s really hard to like a cover less just because of the story. Sure, I’ll be disappointed that it didn’t live up to my expectations, but the poor cover had nothing to do with it, so it doesn’t make me dislike them.
Would you rather have a shelf of good stories or beautiful covers?
Beautiful covers are so much more aesthetically pleasing and aesthetics matter to me (sorry, I can’t help my vanity) so if I did hypothetically have a shelf of books, it probably would have a lot of pretty covers. But I think I’d only keep the books I liked or loved because I don’t really care to have to be looking at books I hated even if their covers are gorgeous. So, it would be more like beautiful covers that contain good stories.
…I just realized that this is a “would you rather” question, so I can’t really have both. I guess I’d go with beautiful covers, since I don’t re-read much, so even if I have a shelf of good stories, they wouldn’t really serve a purpose.
Never mind that pretty covers aren’t going to do anything for me either.
That’s all for today! I feel like I need to talk a lot more since this post is remarkably short and still under a thousand words. I don’t think I’ve written a post that’s under a thousand words in a long time…
Be sure to visit Dani’s post to join the linkup!
Some questions for you:
- What matters more when you’re picking up a book: a pretty cover or an interesting plot?
- Do you love a book less if it has an ugly cover/love a cover less if the plot is terrible?
- Would you rather have an ✨ a e s t h e t i c ✨ shelf or one with all your favorite good books?
- Do you think my posts are usually wayyy too long?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!