I mentioned in the Monday open book stuff thread that a book caught my eye in Barnes & Noble and I paid for it about five minutes later. I’ve spent the past few days thinking about book covers that attract me and why. There are so many variables to this — the colors, the font size, heck, the book size, but I’ve pinpointed some images that are bound to get my attention. If I can’t stop for a proper look, I’ll at least cast a longing glance as I walk away.
I love to cook as much as I love to read, and I love to eat more than either of those. I especially like to bake; I find the precision very relaxing, something on which my mind and hands can focus. And of course, freshly baked *insert any food here* smells delicious. Here are some cookbooks I decided were MINEMINEMINE as soon as I saw the covers:
Note the themes of chocolate and cake on these covers. Yeah, there’s a reason.
You can find just about any recipe on the Internet these days, but there’s still something special about a cookbook. I like to sit down with a new one and mark recipes I can’t wait to try. Barnes and Noble often has cookbooks displayed in the bargain section, and I always stop when I walk by.
Ladies’ gowns (heads optional)
Ah, Western European historical fiction, how I love thee. Give me your Tudors, your Plantagenets, your French revolutionaries yearning to breathe free. I especially like historical fiction that focuses on women, and these book covers usually follow a template:
I love that Marie Antoinette is the only one here who kept her head. Anyway, apparently the only way to advertise historical fiction from a woman’s point of view is to put a woman in a gown on the cover. But for me at least, it works. I see those gowns and I want to know who those women are. Publishers are smart.
I’ve always loved dogs, and my pit bull mix (we think) is one of the lights of my life. Owning a dog as an adult is a lot different to having the family pet as a child. I’ve researched dog foods, dog training techniques, dog ailments and, most unfortunately, how to get the smell of skunk off a dog. I’m certainly not going to read a textbook about dogs, but dogs on the whole interest me. And when I see those big eyes looking at me from a book cover, I’m compelled to pay attention, just like with a real dog.
I can’t think of a third book I’ve bought or asked for, so I rounded this selection off with my own dog, Jack the Bandit. Who is very good at distracting me from my book regardless of what’s on the cover.
What kinds of book covers compel you to check them out?