Judging Books By Their Covers
I get mailed a lot of advance copies for review (so all of these come out in August). One of my favorite things to do is judge them purely on cover/title at first, and sort into "review" and "won't review" piles. Then I read the backs/look up the authors and see if my first impressions were right.
- •Santorini SunsetsLooks a little cheesy. But probably a fast read! And it's been a while since I've read anything set in Greece. But is she stretching...? Or doing yoga...?
- •The Language of SistersOh that is cute! And since I'm one of 3 sisters (well, and 2 brothers), I'm probably going to have to read this.
- •Brussels NoirBrussels is one of my favorite cities! And short stories are perfect for reading before bed. This will have to happen.
- •A Great ReckoningYou know you're famous when... your publisher doesn't even bother with covers on your ARCs. But Louise Penny is always a yes.
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- •The Striver's Row SpyThe flappery cover matches the title font so nicely. This one goes in the maybe pile.
- •Swear on This LifeHmm. I have no idea what this is about, and I don't recognize the author. But, the cover is pretty great. So maybe!
- •The Widower's WifeUGH. No. It was only a matter of time, given the annoyingly prevalent and possessive "The _____________'s Wife" trend, but still. UGH.
- •These Honored DeadLooks like a Holmes/Watson rip off. Slim chance of a read, although the cover is pretty great.
- •Damage ControlPoisoned Pen, your covers are so boring and non informative. But I usually like your books. So this is going at the top of the maybe pile... Or maybe the bottom of the yes pile.
- •The Paris LibrarianPretty cover + Paris = yes read
- •Love Her MadlyCinderella story? Runaway bride? Suicide on the beach? I'm intrigued.
- •When the Music's OverJust kidding Poisoned Pen Press. This one wins for most boring cover. And, if isn't even actually bound. It just has those annoying black clips where the pages tend to fall out. Sorry Peter Robinson, no go.