The flip side of last week’s …
Are there any good books that you read IN SPITE OF the cover and ended up wondering what on earth the artist and publisher were thinking to pair up a cover that so badly represented a perfectly good book?
And … if you didn’t like the cover, what made you pick up the book? The author? Assigned reading from school? A recommendation from a friend?
When I read this question I thought 'Yes!!! Tons!!!', and then struggled to find them lol.
But a book that I recently read did spring to mind.
I just finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
When it first came out last year I was reluctant to pick it up because the UK cover is so drastically different to the US one.
I much preferred the more striking and vibrant US one. But one day in the supermarket chart I saw it there, reasonably priced, and picked it up.
And it sat on my shelf for a year.
I picked it up the other day, started reading, and was hooked.
I was kicking myself for not reading it earlier.
And I'm sure if I had the US cover I would have. But the UK cover just didn't make me want to pick it up, which is a shame because the book itself is phenomenal and has become one of my favourites.