buying a book by its cover

April 24, 2009

The Shelf Awareness Book Brahmin feature asked me to name a book I’ve bought for the cover. Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style by Richard Torregrossa. I’m staring at it right now. 

Come on, people. I really don’t need to spell it out for you, do I?


totally swoon-worthy
totally swoon-worthy

Your turn! What book cover has grabbed your eye in the bookstore?

  • I love book covers! I think they are very, very important to me when choosing to buy a book. This season the beautiful “Very Valentine” by Adriana Trigiani caught my eye and got my wallet out in a flash. The cover is a back profile of a lovely woman in a beautiful red and black dress applying lipstick and it matches the delicious bon bon of a book inside. And, I haven’t read her books, but the think the titles by Lauren Groff (The Monsters of Templeton) are works of art to look at. Whenever I see them across the library desk, I always stop and admire them.

  • I don’t mean to be a suck-up here, but “Summer by the Sea” with those flip flops on the dock did it for me ~ my introduction to Susan Wiggs.

    LOL ~ it must have planted a seed in my brain because I ultimately bought a pair of flip flops that look a lot like those on the cover.

  • I bought “The Godmother” by Carrie Adams just for it’s cover. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a gorgeous guy on it…what was I thinking? Many of my Jan. and Feb. 09 blog posts focused on book covers. It made a fun blogging topic.

  • I bought that book because of the cover AND Cary Grant was, is and always will be my movie star crush! Stick a photo of Cary Grant on the cover of ANY book and I will buy it. Pam was so lucky to have met him. Oh, be still my heart.

    Come on, just look at that cover. Just look at those eyes! My hand is to my brow, my breath is shallow, oh, I am fainting!

  • In the spirit of being shallow: “To Catch a Thief” by Christina Skye. Most romance novels have a sexy guy on the front, but for some reason, for me, this one tops them all. I would literally start panting and get hot all over.

  • It is hard to find a man that can carry himself as Cary Grant did. Men of this age could take some pointers! And, yes, I am shallow enough too, because tomorrow I am simply ordering that book for its cover!:)
    Thanks for sharing Susan and thanks for sharing the info on the pen and color of ink.

  • I freely admit it: I’m shallow. A cover like that makes my wallet jump even when I’m not in a bookstore. I have bought books purely on the basis of their covers without reading even their back cover copy.

  • What a gorgeous man. To think that I knew him as a more mature fellow…….what a gentleman he was. He had a natural grace with people that was just mesmerizing. What a lucky teenager I was to be in the horse racing world then !!!!!!!

    Nice memories for sure 🙂 One day I will have that book too !


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