Let’s Talk Bookish, June 25, 2021: Good Covers vs. Good Plots

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts!


Today’s topic is Good Covers vs. Good Plots (suggested by Krupali @ Musings of Souls). Let’s discuss!

When you pick books to buy, what is more likely to sway you: a good cover or a good plot?

Ideally I would be swayed by both. If a cover is too pretty it might sway me as well, but often I look at the description and if it is good, only after that I would look at the cover.

When you choose to unhaul books do you sometimes keep bad books if they’re pretty?

No, I would look at the cover, sigh, look again, and put the book aside.

Do you love a book less if the cover is ugly even if the story is good?

Hmm, good question. I would probably not like the book less if the cover is not pretty, but I would feel a little bit sad, if a book I enjoyed has an ugly cover. I would pretend this is not the cover for this book, lol.

Do you like covers less if it turns out the story inside isn’t very interesting?

I think yes, but it has more to do with the fact the if the story is not as enraging as I imagined, I would loose my interest in it, including the cover: it stays pretty but loses its value to me.

Would you rather have a shelf of good stories or beautiful covers?

Definitely first! As much as my eyes enjoy a pretty cover, a good story is infinitely more valuable. If there’s nothing inside, the outside is just an empty shell.


And what are your thoughts on this topic?

5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish, June 25, 2021: Good Covers vs. Good Plots

  1. Great quetions and great answers! I often wonder how much control the authors themselves have over what cover their book is going to end up with…
    I love comparing US and UK edition covers – sometimes they reflect two different aspects of the book, sometimes you can see a different age group is being targeted, other times I’m left with the question ‘Why?’
    A blogger friend of mine regularly deducts half a star for outdated covers!

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    1. Thank you! Good question how much an author has a say in their book’s cover. I also think it’s not as easy to create a cover one has in their mind. I mean, the result might be different from the initial vision and not as satisfactory. Oh, I also love to compare US and UK editions! Some books have both editions’ covers sooo pretty, I want to buy both of them)))
      Oh, I have never deducted a rating because of a cover; I do not think it’s fair because I try to not judge a book by its cover.

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  2. Joanna @ TheGeekishBrunette

    Great answers! I feel the same. I can be swayed by both to purchase but ultimately if it isn’t a book I enjoyed I wouldn’t keep it. It does make me sad though, haha.

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