Sunday, November 6, 2011

A book by any other cover...

I am terrible with names. When people mention authors and book titles, my eyes kind of glaze over and I politely nod so no one knows that I'm not quite who they're talking about.

But covers...

I remember covers.

If someone told me about the cover with the shirtless angel guy falling in a dark sky, I would know what book they were talking about.

If someone described a girl wearing a knitted toque, sitting on a swing, I would know what book they were talking about.

If someone talked about a book with a girl trapped in a green ball, I would know what book they were talking about.

I'm a very visual learner, so for me the cover is everything. When I read reviews, I remember the cover and that's what I look for when I go to the bookstore.

How about you? Do you remember author's names and titles, or do you remember the cover more?


PS: For those doing NaNo, how are you doing. I'm at 12K, so far so good.

12 comments:

Laura Pauling said...

If the name is easy, I'll remember it. But yes, I guess covers do stick out a little bit more!

Bish Denham said...

I remember titles more than authors. Covers can change and sometimes I find the covers to be disappointing after I've read the book!

i'm erin. said...

I mostly remember covers too. I'm more of a visual person. But if I LOVE the book then I'm good with the name.

Anne Gallagher said...

I'm with Bish. I remember titles more than authors. Sometimes if the cover is fab, then I may remember it. But I'm old now, so I don't really remember anything unless I write it down.

Heidi Willis said...

I'm a book cover visual rememberer too!

I went into the store the other day and found a book I wanted... and on the shelf there were five of the books - with three different covers, all published at the same time by the same publisher. It's like they thought they'd do different colors to catch the attention of readers. Drove me nuts!! I, of course, picked the one I knew.

Not doing NaNo, but in the next two weeks I have to have 9 more pages of revisions done and a 15 page short story ready to be critiqued at school. My panic level is high.

Congrats on you doing so well so far!

Wendy Paine Miller said...

I remember covers quite well b/c like you, I'm a visual person. But for some odd reason I can bump into a person I've met two or three times & forget their name, but I have authors & book titles nailed. It's the world I live in, I guess.
~ Wendy

Shannon O'Donnell said...

If it's an author I'm not familiar with, I definitely remember the cover more. :)

Peggy Eddleman said...

Hahaha! Me, too. I am also totally sold on a great book cover.

....Petty Witter said...

Its no mean fete that you remember book covers as there seem to be more and more of them all looking pretty much the same. I'm good on remembering titles but not so good on authors uless they happen to be favourites of mine.

Southpaw said...

See now I know the books you described but I could't tell you the book titles or the authors. And now I want to know what they are!

Nancy Thompson said...

That must make for some tough and lengthy searches. I won't necessarily remember a title, but I will the author. Once an author has hooked me, I'm theirs for life and I'll hunt down every book they've ever written.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

This is totally me too. And I could even name those examples. :D