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I’m a SUCKER for a beautiful, intriguing, or mysterious cover done right, that I tend not to look up what the story is about, and I may end up disappointed, but it’s all about the cover. Sometimes, the prettier the cover, the horrible the story (at times). It’s like the pretty cover makes up for the lack of story. Same goes for fancy dancy titles.
Anyway, let’s get to this.
1. Arsenic and Adobo (Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #1) by Mia P. Manansala
This post is currently being scheduled in July for August and at the moment of said schedule, I started this book, but abandoned it on the 3rd chapter as I wasn’t feeling it. Hopefully, I’ll return to it at some point, but not today. I liked the title and thought it would’ve been a cool read.
2. Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
I love this cover a lot! The colors, the font, the eleganza of it all! The ‘A’ is giving me The Scarlet Letter vibes for whatever reason.
3. The Last Paradise by Antonio Garrido
This cover looks intriguing! The story is set in Russia during the US Depression era, and I thought it unique. On second thought, it actually looks like The Great Gatsby set in the US Depression era rather than a Jazz one.
4. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
I got this book for 3 things: the word ‘Paris’ in it, the word ‘library’ in it, and of course, the pretty cover, so I picked it up for both title and cover. I’m not sure when I’ll get to the book, though.
5. Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am by Julia Cooke
I’ll love to have a copy of this book soon! The cover is beautiful, but I look forward to reading about Cooke’s account as a Pan Am stewardess during the Vietnam War.
6. Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
The cover alone convinced me that I need to read the story. The colors clash so beautifully, that even if the story disappoints, I’ll always have the cover.
7. Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Christian Fiction is not my cup of coffee, but this cover commands attention, so I couldn’t pass it by. Amish stories tend to be a little repetitive, but I’ll give this one the benefit of the doubt.
8. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
This cover is novel perfection, but I don’t know what I’ll be getting into once I pass the cover.
9. Sweethand (Island Bites #1) by N.G. Peltier
Here’s the thing, I love this cover, because it’s so well done, and it gives off an island vibe given that it’s actually set on local soil right here (Trinidad). I know I’ll end up disappointed – I can feel it – but I had to choose a local author to read, so here we are. The cover is beautifully illustrated, and the book is the talk around town.
10. Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant
This haunting, yet beautiful portrait of George Duroy staring into the windows of my soul is the sole reason why I wanted to read this book – and look how that turned out. And the mustache was a plus! Oh, how shallow I am!
Given my experience with beautiful book covers, I am certain that some, if not all, of these books are not going to be as good as the cover. Over to you: have you ever bought/read a book based solely on the cover?
** All covers via GoodReads
** If not all, the majority of LPMB graphics are created using Canva; images via Pixabay. GIFs/Images that don’t belong to LPMB are via Google Search (Right-click on the image for the source of origin if not credited.)
VERSE OF THE MONTH (August 2021): Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. Jonah 2:4 ⛪