Pick a book–any book, really–and search out multiple book cover images for that book. They could span a decade or two (or more)…Or they could span several countries. Which cover is your favorite? Which one is your least favorite? Which one best ‘captures’ what the book is about?
I think this is a great assignment. I’m the type of person who loves looking at book covers. I would rather pay more for a hardcover edition of a book if the cover looks a lot better than the paperback version. Most of the time I buy a book primarily because of the cover and a few good reviews. I’m paying for that outlook now.
I picked Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief because it’s one of my favorite reads. This is the cover I have on my hardcover copy. I checked Amazon.ca and found the same cover for both hardcover and paperback.
This cover I found at Amazon.uk. It does not fit the theme of the book at all. Liesel, the main character, is not just reading books in the novel. She’s living her life and learning so much about loyalty and trust, the meaning of family, and how strong love is and how hard loss can be.
So which one do you prefer? Do you judge a book harshly by its cover?