Welcome to Caffeinated Confessions !
I wanted a forum where we could talk about bookish subjects from swoon-worthy covers to the price of eBooks. I hope to share my thoughts on a different subject each month. So that we can all chat and share opinions. In the process I hope we get to know each other a little better. I made a pot of french roast coffee and have some peppermint tea so grab a cup and let's chat:
Are you a Cover Whore?
Cover Whore *giggles* It sounds so dirty doesn't it? But I must confess I have a cover whore living inside me. It was in my late teens that I first started hearing her and her insatiable desire to own those pretties. What is a cover whore you ask? It's those book shoppers who love shiny, pretty, smexy, freaky, stunning, drool worth covers. Who run to touch it and immediately want it without really caring what is on the inside!
My cover whore has a personality all of her own, and is quite childlike in her behavior, with her "must have, buy now, me, me, me" attitude. She is also a snob walking past plain Janes, unattractive, or ugly covers in search of the shiny books she wants. I have tried to override her *nods head* by picking up unattractive books and reading the synopsis all while she is screaming and tugging at me saying, "Eew not that one are you crazy?".
Have I missed wonderful books because of
this her? *nods head* Probably. Sometimes I am embarrassed by it or even annoyed to think I am that shallow, but honestly I don't think I will ever change. * "That's because of all the shiny covers!" replies my inner cover whore, "Aren't they pretty, must have, want!!!" *
Why am I such a cover who? Dunno, If I were a brilliant scholar I might talk about how my brain and eye work in conjunction and suggest a theory regarding Pavlov's dog or symmetry and our desire for perfection, yada, yada, yada but that's not happening. Those covers get me to pick up a book and explore its synopsis. They literally speak to me! *Oh yeah, like a freakin' siren they call me!* There have been times when I have bought a book simply for the cover. Seriously! Crazy right? These are usually in moments of weakness when my cover whore gets the upper hand. My blogger buddy Danielle@ The Book Whore does a post on Mondays called Book Blind Date. She showcases the synopsis of two books and asks you to choose which one you would read without showing you the cover. Clever right? I am often surprised once the cover is revealed, because I wouldn't have look twice at the book. *wrinkles nose in disgust*
When I am in control *ha* I let my cover whore find books for us, and then I read the synopsis and decide from there. Sadly, there aren't too many books that make it past her, which means I probably miss out on some good reads. I over ride her completely if its an author I know but what about the ones I don't? As a young teen some of my favorite books had absolutely no covers. They were cloth bound with gold lettering which consisted of the title and author's name. I coveted and loved such books as Gone with the Wind, Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice. Then I discovered shiny books and well the rest is history.
So my question is..are you a cover whore? Does a cover draw you to or away from a book? Do you sometimes feel ashamed like me or do you let your inner cover whore rule? Ever by a book just for the cover?
~ confessions of a book addict
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