Daily Archives: July 15, 2008

Judge a Book by its Cover, I Do

As the old adage goes, “you can’t judge a book by its cover.”  I disagree.  There are loads of books out there and you need some discriminating characteristics to attract your attention.  Here’s a list of new books I’ve encountered that piqued my interest based on appearance alone. 

book jacket Lizka and Her Men– Ok.  So my interest in this book is 50% visual, 50% title.  I think it might be a combination of the font and the color pink.  And perhaps the pickup truck too.

book jacket How to be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work – A prime example of judging a book by its cover and actually liking it.  The manic scribbling style on the cover made me take a closer look.  I was sold. 

book jacketUrawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan – This is a pretty thin, floppy book, which I like.  Also, the abstract design and rectangle combination is appealing.  

In conclusion, qualities I look for in the appearance of a book: attractive font, all lower case or all capital letters, contrasting primary colors, automobiles in nontraditional colors and busy backgrounds with neat fonts.  I guess I’m a font lady.

Take a look at the First Floor’s incoming selections on LibraryThing and judge a book.

– Lisa

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