You always hear that idiom of 'don't judge a book by it's cover,' right? Well, I'm here to tell you why I do judge books by their cover - just not like that!
One of my favorite things to do when I have extra time is to go through my Goodreads recommendations. Yeah, more often than not, I don't find much. But it's something that I enjoy doing and I have found some great books that way.
Also, I love seeing what the bloggers I follow are reviewing - so it's great when they have the book cover as the little post thumbnail in bloglovin.
A lot of times I can tell, just by looking at a book cover, if it's something I would personally like. It does get confusing sometimes - and I can guess that I've missed out on a book I would have loved because it looked like something else - but this sort of 'scanning' of book covers is also super helpful.
Books of different genres have different style covers. It's usually pretty easy to tell the difference between a light-hearted fantasy and a gritty contemporary.
One of these probably catches your interest more than the other. And that's great! (And that doesn't mean you wouldn't want to read both of them, but there's a time and place, right?) But, if you look into one of the books and not the other, or neither of them or, even, both of them, you've already judged a book by its cover.
Just by looking at the cover, I get an idea about what the book is, so then I have a jumping off point to know if I want to know more about the book.
Imagine if all book covers looked the same - simple white letters on a solid black background. Besides being unexciting - and quite uninviting - it would also make the process of pick out a book more difficult.
So, I totally don't see anything wrong with judging a book by it's cover, and I totally do this every time I get interested in a new book. Do you?