A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: no cover art by which to judge, but a beautiful story and fascinating characters.
Sometimes you may look at a book and think, “Nah. That cover art looks so boring! I won’t even bother looking at it.” But then you somehow hear about it; perhaps from a friend, on the radio, maybe even reviews in a magazine or newspaper. It actually sounds kind of interesting. You check it out and, VIOLA! It’s amazing!
The cliche may be old and over worn, but there’s a reason for that. Don’t judge a book by its cover. I mean sure, you can get a general idea of a book (usually) based on the summary printed inside the front cover, but I often finish a book and think, “Really? They chose that for the cover art? Makes no sense.”
Good book, weird cover art. Seriously, “the chrysalids” are a group of people with various levels of telepathy. No children sprouting butterfly wings out of their heads, I promise.
But do check out a book based on its cover! Several times I’ve processed a book and thought the cover art looked really interesting. I flip through it a little bit, read the abstract . . . yeah. I think I could get into this. Turns out to be an amazing book that I never would have noticed had it not been for a job well done by a graphic artist that probably gets little thanks for her work. You just never know.
Of course, I confess. It does happen. You are so excited for a book. It has a beautiful cover, the brief description sounds enticing and right down your alley. You get halfway through the book, thinking it’ll pick up. You read the last page. Wait, what? That’s it? It’s over? But it’s nothing like you imagined! Unfortunately, a talented graphic artist doesn’t make up for a mediocre author.
But the point is, you’ll never know unless you check out that book. Read it. Try it. Find out if the cover fits the story. And then feel free to judge the book.