Friday, April 8, 2011

Blog Hop & Follow Friday 37

Books Reviewed This Week:
The Soulkeepers (The Soulkeepers #1) - G.P. Ching
Sasha (Trial of Blood & Steel #1) - Joel Shepherd 
Snow Burn - Joel Arnold

Waiting On Wednesday: Night Fall by Ellen Connor

Thank You Everyone who is stopping by for the Blog Hop and thank you to crazy-for-books for hosting the hop!

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This week's Questions is...



I also participate in Follow Friday, so those of you who popped by from that, thank you - and thank you parajunkee for hosting it!   

This Week's Follow Friday Question is..

Q. Do you judge a book by it's cover?

Well, of course I would love to say no - but if I am being honest, YES. I mean, come on, it's practically impossible not too. There are so many books in the world and the ones that draw your eye are going to be the first ones you pay attention to. I have to give a shout out to my all time favorite cover artist - Dan Dos Santos - I love every cover the guy has ever made. I didn't even realize I was a fan until I started flipping through my collection and the majority of my urban fantasy/fantasy/science fiction paperbacks were all designed by him :)


Christy @ TheReaderBee said...

I love pretty book covers! That's the first thing I look for when I go book shopping. :)

Ashley @ Bookaholics Anonymous said...

book covers are definitely the first things I look at. :)

Ashley @ Bookaholics Anonymous said...

book covers are definitely the first things I look at. :)

Lea Christine said...

Hmmm... I'm not sure there's many people who see a really boring or cheesy book cover and think, "ooohh, now there's something I want to read!" Haha, I judge those covers too-- I was telling another blogger earlier though, that it makes me feel bad for writers who are just starting out and don't have money to get awesome covers and so not many people read their books :(

I will check out books if I have seen other good reviews for them, even if the cover isn't anything special. Sometimes it's definitely worth it!

Nice meeting you, this is my first Follow me Friday :) Have a great weekend!

Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. How cool that you even know the name of a cover artist. I only know of the artist for the Harry Potter books.
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Unknown said...

Yes, I surely do judge a book by the cover. Not always but more often then not. I'm known for not reading synopsis so if your cover doesn't show me what I want to know or if someone doesn't recommend it... chances are I'm reading someone else's book.

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Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I think it is great that you notice who designed the books. It's probably an under-appreciated job. But I agree, everyone probably judges a book by its cover to some extent.

Laura (All of Everything) said...

So I had to check out the guy you mentioned and WOW, love his stuff! Also recognized a couple covers too. Covers are definitely an added bonus to an already good book.

Have a great weekend!

AP said...

I def judge a book by its cover! I like nice wrapping around my story. LOL!

Amanda P

WildIrishRose33 said...

Wow he is a phenomenal artist. Wish I had that talent.

Come check out my FF!

Unknown said...

I judge a book by its cover too, it is hard not to. I am glad to have found your blog, it looks great.

Bookish Brunette said...

I'm totally a cover judger too!!!

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Unknown said...

Just hopping by for follow friday! Check out my blog: :)

Tyraa said...

I'm soo with with you. Im a new follower :)

Come visit my blog if you have time.

Mel u said...

Hi, this is my first time to participate in The Friday Follow My Blog Hop-A lot of the 500 or so blogs I do follow join in every week so I thought why not try it-I will happily return all follows

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Unknown said...

I love Chris Riddell, who designed the Edge Chronicles books. I've bought a book randomly before just because his artwork was on it...

Actually, make that three books...

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Lindsay said...

Give me a pretty cover! Although I've read some books with lovely covers that have been wallbangers lol
New follower, btw! =)

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Judith Leger said...

Hi Sarah,

Old follower here!

For me, it is the cover and the title that tempt me to read the blurb. If the blurb reads great, I'll grab the book. I remember the first time I saw Harry Potter's book covers, I was like, O_o...not sure if I liked them. Love the inside but the covers weren't really to my tastes.
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Keith Schoch said...

Love the header of your blog!

Yes, I often judge books by their covers, and I'm so glad when my old favorites get much-needed makeovers.

I'm a new follower, and invite you to check out my sites and follow me as well.

Mandy Lum said...

Just hopping by. If I know a book is going to be great, I could care less what the cover looks like, but if I'm just browsing around a bookstore, I am definitely drawn to books with beautiful covers

Check out my Follow Friday Post and some of my favorite cover designs.

Anonymous said...

I agree, It's the first thing that catches your eye.

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Bex said...

It's real hard not judging by the covers, yes! You need something that can get you interested in reading more, which is what the cover does. I wouldn't buy a pretty book without thinking I'd like the story though!

My FF can be found here!

Btw, you have a really nice blog! I'm a new follower. :)

TheBookAddictedGirl said...

Hi, new follower!
I try not to look at them... but I do!
Have a great weekend.
Meg @ The Book Addicted Girl

Unknown said...

covers are what usually attract me to a book if I am just browsing, I'm a sucker for a pretty cover lol. New follower coming through from the Hop =o)

Aimee said...

A pretty cover will atleast get a book picked up! I'm already a follower! My FF is at Coffee Table Reviews

Shirley said...

The cover catches my eye, the author and synopsis are also very important to me as a reader and potential book buyer. Good reviews and recommendations from people I know play an important role in making a book selection.

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WickedEnchantment said...

I agree about the covers, and what others have said about the synopsis too :)
I am a new follower from FF! My FF: Wicked Enchantment

Howard Sherman said...

I think we can all agree that even the most beautiful book cover can't sell a book if the writing's not there. Book cover art may, at best, help steer me in the book's direction (especially if I'm in a book store) but it's not going to hypnotize me into buying it right then and there.

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Shauna said...

Have a great weekend! Shauna from

Unknown said...

New follower! I always judge a book by it's cover! I can't help it; I'm superficial like that, haha :) But a book is a book no matter what! Have a happy weekend!

Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

Fiction Fool said...

At first glance, yes. I'm either instantly drawn in or repelled by a books cover. If someone recommends a book or I'm able to read an excerpt that successfully captures my interest, then I can overlook the cover. However, first glances do matter. If the cover is pretty aweful, I might not take the time to read the excerpt.

I'm a new Follower! Happy Follow me Friday's!

Bella said...

Oh, I've never heard of Dan Dos Santos, I'll have to see what he designed... :D

Have a great week!
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