I know this feature is called Cover Love, but I think you’ll quickly see that this post is far beyond cover love, folks. It’s coverlust in the most purest of forms. It’s so lusty* that I might even have to come up with a different feature name. Something along the lines of Spaztastic Cover Pics Ahead or Overzealous Ogling Ahoy! I don’t know.
I’m so far gone.
Earlier this month I wrote a quick little post that pointed you to author April Henry’s blog where she featured an interview with the cover designer, Rich Deas. That’s how spazzed out I was. About an interview about the cover.
Why is this important? Why am I telling you all of this? Dear reader, it is because for the first time ever, I spent my hard-earned cash money on a novel based solely on its cover and premise. No reviews, no blurbs, no nothing. Most of the books I read are borrowed from friends or the library. About 10% of the books I read are purchased, and they can be broken down into three categories:
- Books I Got Because I Wanted Them For Christmas or my Birthday
- Books Bought for Book Club
- Books Bought Secondhand from Savers
So I guess I’ll have to create a new category at some point.
I went and picked up Girl, Stolen the other night at the bookstore. It’s interesting to see just a graphic representation of the cover online, in comparison to pulling it off the shelf and holding it in your hand for the first time. I was very surprised to see the glossy texture of the title on the front.
One thing’s definitely for certain — I’m still a few years away from going cold turkey on the physicality of books. So no, B&N, I don’t want to see a live demonstration of your nook. I’m going to go feel up your books instead.
*this is not a real word. I totally made it up.