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Hi, my name is Prima and I have a problem with buying books… because of their prettiness.
Let’s be honest, we all love a beautiful cover. I mean take the Firebird series by Claudia Gray.
JUST LOOK AT ALL THE PRETTY! I would still buy them even if the story is the worst thing I’ve ever read and that’s a pretty weird reason to buy a book. A book is something you would read but I would buy it purely for decoration.The thing is, how far would you go buying books based on their covers and not their content?
Personally, I’m a very cheap book buyer so I tend to really think about my purchases but recently I’ve been becoming a really big book cover whore. Take for example the beginning of the end:
As you can see in exhibit A, I have bought a book I’ve already read because I love the spine. Now most of you probably know this but the new spines of the Mortal Instrument series make a giant picture which means this first book would look waaay better with the second book and the third book and the fourth book and the… well you get what I mean XD That’s right, I’m 90% sure by the end of the year I’ll have the full set which means I will have double copies of City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire. Book cover lust knows no bounds.
So you don’t think Exhibit A is bad? Well let’s look at Exhibit B: All Fall Down by Ally Carter.
I was just strolling though Big W (it’s like a Target in the US basically) when I saw this book in hardcover. The cover is so so but the colours… don’t even get me started on their vibrancy, and the saturation. Then I opened it and saw the most beautiful sight.
The inner line of the hardback was a beautiful shade of purple.
So I bought it. I had never heard of the book before that but I bought it because the inside of the cover was such a pretty purple. I didn’t really like the story but it doesn’t even matter because I love the purple so much.
So there’s my story, what about you? Have you got any spur of the moment cover love buys? Any double copies on your shelves?