Reader to Reader: Book Covers by Annmarie

Book Covers: What Draws You In?  Guest Post By Annmarie

When buying a book the first thing you see is the cover even when buying offline it’s the cover and book title you see first. While lots of readers say they don’t pick a book based on the cover you will find that it’s the book cover that pulls you in to buy a book.

As a big reader myself I try not to let covers rule what I buy but even I’m a sucker for a good book cover.

What makes a good cover to me: I like the cover to tell me what’s inside which I know sounds weird but a cover can be just as good as a book description. Take the picture below. With the title and the book cover you can tell you a lot about the story inside. The cover alone would be enough for me to buy the book.



There are a lot of books on the market that have covers that catch your eye. What I find works is bright colours not all over the cover but in places to make it stand out and shout “pick me up.” There has to have a centre piece; a part in the cover that looks like its jumping out of the book.


1. The book cover should tell a story of what awaits inside the book.

2. Have a centre piece that stands out and pulls you in.

3. Bright colours on a darker back ground.

4. The more real looking the cover the better.

Just remember covers are not everything, it’s the story inside that counts so give every book a chance don’t just buy a book based on its cover. Read the description and give all books a chance to surprise you. It’s what’s inside that counts.

A few book covers I like:


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  1. annmarie says:

    thank you so much for giving me the chance to be involved with your blog.

    • Yoshay says:

      I entirely agree with you Lia when you say that one should not just trust book covers when buying a book. I personally think that the cover is a part of the package that entices you in the beginning. An attractive cover with an even attractive book blurb would surely make me buy a book. The cover is the first thing that you set your eyes on and if that is attractive, you will pick the book up from the shelf, turn it over and read the blurb, then you decide to buy the book. Like Lia says the cover should reveal a tiny bit of the what the story is about. There definitely has to be a connection between the book cover and the story of the novel. I would certainly not pick a book relying only on the cover but a cover of a book that catches my attention, certainly takes me to Goodreads to read the synopsis and decide if I want to read the book or not. For instance, from the book covers presented above, Anna Dressed in Blood will certainly take me to Goodreads for a read up of the synopsis and so will Possess. Books whose covers instantly made me want to read the blurbs and eventually bought them, are The Replacement (Brenna Yovanoff) Hush Hush (Becca Fitzpatrick) Fallen series (Lauren Kate) Shiver series (Maggie Stiefvater) Don’t Breathe a Word (Jennifer Mcmahon), The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield) and Dracula in Love (Karen Essex)

    • Thanks to Annmarie for a great Reader to Reader post. Great way to start off the series. Next week Stephanie will talk about ereaders vs. traditional books. So check back for the new posting on Tuesday or Wednesday. Sign up on my blog if you want to do your own.

  2. Stephanie O. says:

    I am a cover person.

    It’s the first thing I see. Then I look to the title. If you have grabbed my attention with a great cover and then sealed the deal with an awesome title, you already have a 75% chance I’m getting your book!

    Then I read the blurp. If it sounds good I’ll think a little more about the book.

    I do read reviews. However, just because a book has a few reviews that are bad doesn’t mean I won’t give it a try. Everyone is allowed their opinion . . as I am allowed mine.

    I will admit, I have walked by some books that the cover was just awful! I will also admit that I have seen some authors doing new covers for books recently released. Honestly, I liked the original covers and I find myself thinking I’m glad I bought with the other cover . . if I were to see the book on the shelf now with the new cover . . I might walk on by and not give it a second thought.

    My name is Stephanie, and I’m a cover-holic.

  3. Linda says:

    If a cover doesn’t pull me in, I’m likely not to pick up the book or read the blurb. So a great cover is a necessity. And I totally agree that I expect the cover to have something to do with the story inside, and I’m very disappointed when it doesn’t. Great article, thanks for sharing.

  4. Interesting blogpost. I often wonder why one cover works, and why another doesn’t. I think another aspect is that different genres have different kinds of covers, and clues to the book’s plot can be found on the cover. For instance, I was at the bookstore one day, and had a book in my hand on the way to the checkout counter. I had chosen that book because a friend recommended it, but I wasn’t totally smitten with the back blurb. I happened to pass the science fiction section. I’m not into hard science fiction, but I will read a few now and then. I saw a bookcover with a ship in storm and lightning bolts. The clued me in that there could be some kind of time travel element. I love time travel! I read the back blurb, and it wasn’t time travel, but an alternate dimension. Close enough! I put the first book back, bought the second, and then went on to buy the next four in the series over the next few months. All because of a clue on a cover.

  5. I’m visually oriented so cover is everything to me, and as mentioned above, there are clues that will immediately kill a book for me….flowery script? Yuck. Romance. Back it goes. Space? Ick. SF. Uh-uh. Terribly prejudiced, I know, and I’ve probably missed a few good books because of it, but what the heck – my TR list is plenty long!

  6. These are all excellent points. Recap

    1. The book cover should tell a story of what awaits inside the book.

    2. Have a centre piece that stands out and pulls you in.

    3. Bright colours on a darker back ground.

    4. The more real looking the cover the better.

    Just remember covers are not everything, it’s the story inside that counts s

    I would add that good contrast between background and foreground text is important, especially with ePub books. Potential readers have little more than thumbnails to work with.

  7. Lia says:

    That’s a tough one. I’ve struggled with that before and it’s hard to figure out what’s right for you and what will draw people in. Good luck, Yasmina!