I have a confession to make and I hope you won't judge me too harshly: frequently, more often than I should, I actually judge a book by its cover. It is not something I am proud of as it has more than once been the reason I did not choose to read a book that I wound up thoroughly enjoying later and it smacks of a lack of imagination. On the other hand since jacket art is about 80% of book marketing I like to think I am just responding as a consumer. If it were a pair of unappealing shoes I was passing by, I'd not think twice. But shoes are shoes and a book, well, as you know, a book is an offer of joy that should not be dismissed because the wrapping isn't perfect.
J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy was a book I chose not to read because of the cover: red with a script title and a big X in a box. Where was the story in that? Also, to be honest, I wasn't sure she had it in her to go from Hogwarts to adult reality and I didn't want to risk it. I was wrong -- not ...
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