What was the last book you bought because of the cover?

Sparlingo Posts: 938 Member
What was the last book that you bought based on the cover/back alone? What grabbed you about it?

Did it end up being a good read?

I always judge books (and music albums) by their covers, I'll admit. Usually I'm pleased with what I find.
To answer my own question, I most recently purchased Iris Murdoch's "The Sea, The Sea" because I liked the sound of the author's name, I liked the cover graphic, and I liked the title and back cover blurb. It turned out to be a horribly boring book which I've neglected to finish as I don't like the protagonist.


  • hanklerfish
    hanklerfish Posts: 1 Member
    It was The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, because the cover is really bright and appealing and there was a review by Markus Zusak, who is one of my favourite authors.
    It was a brilliant read, which I've read several times since. (:
  • DragonflyF15
    DragonflyF15 Posts: 437 Member
    Letters From Father Christmas: J.R.R. Tolkien. It was staring at me at the check out at the library and it was the holiday season. That guy is quite the creative thinker! I enjoyed it, different than my usual reads. Currently reading The Power of Habit: Charles Duhigg Very interesting on the brain and how it forms habits and once learned, we never can really get rid of it, only make new habits to replace the behavior. I'm a bookworm and read just about everything and anything if it's left for me to read. :)
  • fishsticks913
    fishsticks913 Posts: 123 Member
    Last set I bought was the Fifty Shades series....
  • links_slayer
    links_slayer Posts: 1,151 Member
    Last book I bought was 10 years ago: Applied Industrial Chemistry

    edit: definitely didn't buy it for the cover....
  • ScatteredThoughts
    ScatteredThoughts Posts: 3,562 Member
    Based on solely on the cover? I don't think I could ever pick a book that way. I have to read the blurbs and get some idea of what it is about.

    Now, "magazines" are a different story... *ahem*
  • BondBomb
    BondBomb Posts: 1,781 Member
    The Glass Book of the Dream Eaters.

    It was unbelievably awful.
  • MBNagel74
    MBNagel74 Posts: 444 Member
    I don't think I ever bought/read a book based on its cover. if the title catches my eye, I then read the summary/synopsis and reviews to see if it is something I want to spend time on.

    The last book I read was something on bunnies - for my 6 year old who so desperately wants one. (And she did most of the reading... lol)
  • anels449
    anels449 Posts: 3,187 Member
    House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski (there are a couple of different versions, I mistakening picked the one with just black and white photos) and Blood Meridian with the original cover (the only thing I knew about the book beforehand was that the original cover was more sought after). Both were for school and are on my favorites list. :)

    *Edit: To actually answer the question correctly. :p