Never judge a book by its cover

Posted by Claudia Moser on 12:51 PM
"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us."
by Franz Kafka

Whenever I have a low moment and going through tough times I always turn to a book, it calms me down, it shows me most of time an answer to my questions. You have this
"awakening" experience. You had a cloudy overcast day and then you looked up from reading a specific passage in a book and really seeing the world different for the first time ever in my life.

There are authors which did change my childhood, making it adventurous and full of fun: Jules Verne, Agatha Christie, George Simenon.

Growing up I turned to Dan Brown, Michael Chrichton, Clive Cussler.

One constant are mystery books, I love to solve puzzles and I still remember how I discovered M. C. Beaton's work. Some Saturdays find me in the town library, searching for new authors or appealing titles. And here it was, Dearh of a Cad, interesting title, author never known before. I devoured the book in an afternoon and I bought all her series, with Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth. Her books are always worth an escape!

My current favourites? Alice Munro and Jorge Bucay.

A book may look harmless and uninteresting, but you shouldn't prejudge the worth or value by its outward appearance alone. Books are opening new perspectives, you travel in unnamed worlds, having simply amazing experiences. My advice, read!



Anonymous says:

What a lovely post today!
I love reading too, and I do like mysteries/thrillers. One good author is David Hewson. I do like Dan Browns books as well. There's nothing like getting your hands on a really good book, that has you hooked by the very first sentence.

Enjoy your Sunday!

@Eva - David Hewson? Thanks, I'll take a look at the library! And Happy Birthday :)

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Oops was posting a comment and the computer froze!

Anyway here goes again.......

I am a devil for judging a book by it's cover and sometimes get it very very wrong!

Thanks for recommending a new author and also to Eva for doing likewise.

Happy Sunday

@Fiona - no worry :) well I presume we could all make lots and lots of recommendations :) Happy Sunday as well!

I think an old, worn book attracts me as much as a shiny new one. It means lots of people have read it, and that's got to be a good sign :-)

@Sarah - a good point as well and I think you are right! :)

So many books, so little time. I love to read as well, and use it as a form of escapism...from life, from work, from everything. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and favorite authors. Now I have more to read...

@Susan - my approach? Make time for reading :) So share yours when you have time, it does interest me!

Hi there. I agree with Susan - so many books, so little time! I too love reading. It enriches my life so much. I am now a member of a Book Club, which is really good, because it makes you read books that you wouldn't normally choose. Lovely post my friend.

@Diane - welcome back! And that is a great idea with the Book Club, I must look for one in the area as well.

I love books. I try not to judge them by their cover--unless their cover is telling me of a genre I won't read--but there aren't too many of those out there.

Great post :) Cheers, Jenn.

Anonymous says:

I absolutely adore Alice Munro's work!

Not only should you not judge a book by its cover, you shouldn't judge it by its movie either.


@Jenn - well I know what you mean :-)
@Beth - my absolute favourite at the moment!
@Joyce - true! :)

Great take on this week's theme! I am bad about deciding what I want to read by the cover. Lots of time I just grab a book from an author I know to be good that I have read in the past. Brilliant post.


@Kathy - thank you for your kind words!

Funny but I never pay attention to the covers. They mean nothing to me, titles and authors, that's how I choose. And of course, recommendations.
Really enjoyed reading this one! (and there's no cover!)

Reading a wide variety of things is indeed the best way to open the mind and broaden the world. When we stick with just the things in our comfort zone, that's when narrowmindedness becomes a possibility.

@Jo - sometimes book covers do attract my eyes, but as you do, I choose books by recommendations! Thank you for your words of appreciation.
@Steven - well said!

How perfect! The librarian in me is giving you a standing ovation. Happy Banned Books Week, by the way!

I'm a bookworm! I especially love mysteries, thrillers, and series. I could definitely relate to this :)

@Laura - Happy Bannes Books Week? Tell me more pls!
@Stephtee - happy for that! What do you read?

Sometimes I'll read a mystery or a thriller, but I'm a hardcore classic lit and biography junkie :)

@Awwsumkitteh - good choices :)

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"A story is not like a road to follow … it's more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you."
by Alice Munro

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