Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Tell Me Something Tuesday #6

TMST #6? Really?! ...


If you are new to the blog; Tell Me Something Tuesday is a thought provoking, weekly meme run by the lovely Cambria Hebert.
If you didn't want one before, you do now... ;0)
Cambria posts a question along with her answer. We blog our answers and then leave our link on her original post... This way we can blog hop and find out  a little more about each other. So grab a cuppa, maybe a cookie if you are lucky to have a packet handy (mind the crumbies) and come and join in!
So here is this week's question:

Do you buy books based on the book cover?

A) Although I would like to say that I don't judge a book by it's cover; I will have to admit that when it comes to books, I have may have been swayed once or twice (*cough*)by an alluring book cover...

The purpose of a book cover, is to catch the eye and give a potential audience a clue as to what the book is about.
For example dark colours would indicate maybe a thriller or horror, whilst brighter colours give the impression of a light hearted read. This of course is a VERY generalised, sweeping statement.

I am not only guilty of  picking up books because of their cover, I am also guilty of not picking up a book because of it's cover.

The most recent example of this would be the Morganville series. Shame on me. I wasn't drawn to the covers in my local discount book shop and didn't even bother picking it up to check the back for the blurb. THANK GOODNESS FOR THE WORLD OF BOOK BLOGGERS! I thank you...

I thought I would take a moment to share one of the book covers that has stuck with me. Raymond E.Feist's: Faerie Tale.


I was told to read this around three years a go and even now, I still remember not being able to put it down. I would thoroughly recommend it if you enjoy a chill. A complete twist on fairy tales as you know them.

Blurb (Taken from Goodreads)

The town records have it listed as Erl King Hill, 'Hill of the Elf King'. To the locals it is known simply as the old Kessler Place. A great ramshackle house, it stands among deep woods, full of memories and myth. There are strange stories about the old place: talk of haunted woods, strange lights that dance like fire, buried treasure and lost children, now long forgotten.

But for the Hastings Family, Gloria and Philip, and their eight-year-old twins, Sean and Patrick, and Philip's teenage daughter, Gabrielle, it is the stuff of dreams. They are looking for a fresh start and they think they have found it - until the day Sean and Patrick discover the secret of Fairy Woods and the luminous elfin beings who lure them into an unearthly world of ancient Celtic magic. Suddenly, what was a dream has become a terrifying nightmare. For those entrancing sprites are in reality demons determined to possess the children's very souls!

Sorry about that, I was slipping into book review mode. I only meant to demonstrate the power of book covers and how we select the books we choose to read.

This is not my favourite book cover, but it is one that is difficult to shift from the mind once you have seen it.
The child in the grass, defenceless and unaware of the meanacing, monster/evil towering above him. Sunset in the background and a rising mist in the foreground with a suggestion of fairy beings present...

Are there any book covers that spring to mind for you?!

Happy Tuesday everyone!


  1. You are right, that is not the most impressive cover and I can guarantee if I saw it in a bookstore I would sweep right over it just because it doesn't speak to me, but now that you say it is a fantastic read, I am going to check it out. Thaks for sharing!

    1. No worries ;-) I was lucky that this was shoved at me, else it would have passed me by... I did try and read some of the authors series "The Riftwar Saga" but I couldn't get into it at the time. Thanks for stopping in Heidi - Happy TMST!

  2. wow, you are right about that cover, it is something I would completely bypass because it is a little frightning. LOL. Your thoughts on book covers are similar to my own. ;) Great post!

  3. Hey Schez, I tagged you to accept the Liebster Blog Award.

    Here is the link http://intothepages87.blogspot.com/2012/06/thank-you-d.html

    I hope you check it out :D

    1. Wow, thank you so much for thinking of me... I will certainly check it out. :-)