Judging books by their covers: ridiculous or genius?

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We’ve all heard the golden rule of selecting a book: don’t judge it by its cover. Realistically speaking, though, is that a rule that’s even possible to follow? Think about it. Whether you select your books at a bookstore, the library, or even in an e-store, the first thing you see is their covers! Sure you can pick them up and turn them around to read their back flap, or open them and even read the first page to garner your interest, but if that cover didn’t grab you, would that book even be in your hands at all? It’s just like picking a potential boyfriend/girlfriend across the room — sure, you’ll stick around with this person because he/she has the brains and sense of humor to go along with his/her hottness, but initially, we go for the attractive ones first. It’s the same for books! Or at least it is for me.

Case in point: Recently I was in Barnes & Noble with a friend and we were perusing the teen section and out of nowhere, one cover really stuck out from the rest.

Everything about this cover drew me in. I think I even stopping talking mid-sentence just to focus on it. The trees, the snow, her boots, even her green scarf — I had to read it. I had to find out who this girl is, where she’s going, etc. And this need was solely based on the cover; I made up my mind to get it before I even read the back flap. But once I did read it, I realized it was the third book of a series and alas, couldn’t find the first one that day. But then, a couple weeks later, I was in a different B&N with my husband and saw this cover – along with the other books of the Touch series by Laurie Faria Stolarz. The other two covers weren’t quite as intriquing as this one, but were still eye-catching none-the-less. So I picked up the first book, Deadly Little Secret, and I’ll probably start reading it today.

But if this cover hadn’t stood out so much, I’m not sure I would’ve ever picked it up. I may not have even noticed it at all that day. So, what’s the lesson to be learned here? At least as far as I’m concerned, if your book’s cover isn’t awesome & intriguing, more than likely I’m not going to buy it. And I’d bet money most other readers feel the same. But if there are any of you out there that have been able to get past the superficialness of cover-hunting, let me know your secrets! I’m willing to bet it’s a skill you’re not born with. But anyway, have a great weekend, all!

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Wine & writing=both tasty & headache inducing.

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So yesterday I had dinner with Ashley, one of my girlfriends I met while working at Steger Creek. We hadn’t seen each other in about a month, so we had fun catching up and eating the deliciousness that is Lefty’s! 🙂 But after I dropped her off and headed home myself, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea when I got home: let’s have some wine! My hubby had bought a couple new ones to choose from, and so we decided to try a red. (Fun fact: Though I enjoy wine, I typically refer to all kinds as either red or white.) Anyway, Will had one glass. I, on the other hand, had closer to 2 1/2. We went to bed shortly after and I passed out…until I woke around 6 am feeling super icky.

After finally falling back asleep a few hours later for a bit, Will made us French toast. That was pretty much the high point of my day. (Unless you count the cameo appearances from my neighbors, Kiera and her little boy, Guyden, who was decked out in the cutest overalls! BTW, Kiera, sorry again you had to see me in my pj’s. At 3 pm. :/)

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes. My pounding headache that still refuses to go away. This literally always happens to me after I drink (typically red) wine; I wake up the next morning hoping to wait out the pain without any lights on. I spent most of the day today on the couch with a washcloth over my eyes. It’s torture! But I’m not trying to whine and complain to you. (Okay, maybe I am a little…) But even though this always happens, I still drink wine anyway. And I guarantee after enough days have passed, I will successfully block out this bitch of a headache today, and will gladly have another glass. But JUST ONE next time.

But that’s not my point. (And for the record, I probably only have wine maybe 3 times a month. I promise I’m not an alcoholic. :P) My point is drinking wine is like writing for me. It can be deliciously amazing at first, but will probably give me a headache later…a headache that will almost convince me to stop doing it. But once the pain (or writer’s block frustration) lifts away, I’m right back at it. I can’t help it. Sure there are days my characters give me the finger and won’t cooperate, and that can be a pain. But other times they won’t shut up, even when I’m trying to sleep!

Like today for instance. Mid nap, a scene I’d written yesterday flashed in my mind and the characters begged me to change it. I knew last night something just didn’t quite fit, and they told me why.

To sum, my best writing friend, Jess, told me recently that for her, writing is her passion – she just couldn’t imagine not doing it. And that’s how it is for me. (The writing, not the wine-drinking.) And at the end of the day, I know my hardwork & headaches are worth it. If they weren’t, I would’ve given up a long time ago…and probably would’ve had a couple glasses of wine. (It’s a vicious cycle, isn’t it?)