How important are book covers in getting you to read a book?
Well, it’s a two-sided situation for me:
- If it’s a book that I already know I want to read, then it’s irrelevant. I’m more interested in the content, although a shitty cover can put a dampener on an otherwise great book
- If it’s a book that I’ve never read or heard about, the cover is everything.
I’ve stopped buying physical hardback / paperback books in now instead buy books from the iBooks store on my iPad. Unfortunately, I don’t actually have time to read any of them, just like I haven’t had time to read any of the physical books that I have sitting in the bookcase in the spare room.
I always have the intention of reading them; telling myself that I’ll happen one day. But guess what, that one day still hasn’t come, but 5 years have passed. I’m so terrible. I really do want and need to make more of a conscious effort to do some reading. Perhaps I should set a different kind of challenge. Read a book a month for 12 months. Hmmm… 2014, I’m looking at you. And I’ve already got 12 books I could read. It might not seem like much to some of you, because you’re all probably people who read 3 or 4 books per month, but hey, go fuck yourself. Stop rubbing your reading achievements in my face. If you can still manage to read 3 books a month whilst you work two jobs, having dinner at 10-10:30pm every night, whilst maintaining a relationship, and have about a dozen different tv shows to keep up with, then get back to me!!