21 Oct Tosses and Turns: Judging Books By Their Covers
BY KB MENIADO
Welcome to Tosses and Turns, where I rant-chant about whatever reading-related issue that has been keeping me up at night.
The last time I was here, which has been eons ago, I talked about letting go of books to help overcome my book hoarder tendencies.
For someone who bought over 20 books in the last month alone, I momentarily rest my case. There seems to be no cure as of yet, and I don’t think I would like to be “healed” anytime soon. Nope, not will all these publishers spewing lovelier and lovelier covers day by day. They make me go buy, making my money go bye. I hate them. I love them. (Related: “Bookbed recommends: Cleverly Designed YA Book Covers” and “Bookbed recommends: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales“)
Which brings me to these: Why do we love pretty book covers? Why do we willingly sacrifice our sweet, hard-earned money for new editions of books we already have just so we can sleep at night, knowing those beautiful, beautiful repackaged versions sit on our shelves? Why do we go to the lengths of prowling each and every nook of cities—even countries—and cybercities (hello, Book Depo, Instagram feeds, etc.) to get a hold of that magnificently designed book?
Rhetoric, nonetheless, I’ve been trying to figure out why—by staring at my books, testing it out through #bookbedblinddates, asking reader friends, reading experts’ opinions. Science says it’s the golden ratio, other readers say “Just because!” and well, I can’t really blame them, can I? We can’t help that the human brain dictates us to be attracted to anything visually appealing. The cover is the first thing you see, after all. That’s what what gets you to pick up a book, that’s what what gives you sparks.
So, how about you, fellow book cover judges? Do you also not heed the good old English idiom about not judging a book by its cover? Share with us your duplicates, triplicates, quadruplicates and so on in the comments below! ☁