August Reading Challenge: Judge a Book by its Cover

2016 Reading Challenge

We all know the saying “never judge a book by its cover” is mostly wise advice but sometimes aren’t we just a bit tempted to judge a book by its cover? I know I am! Let’s do it this month! Here’s my suggestion: go to the bookstore or library or even a friend’s bookshelf and pick out a book for the most superficial reason – its cover! It might have a pretty cover or be uniquely designed or you’re just drawn to it for some reason. Give in to the urge. But, here’s the catch, DON’T read the back or the first page. Just buy or borrow the book and start reading.

Of all the challenges, this might be the one I’ve been looking forward to the most. I can’t wait to hear about your experience and what caught your eye!


As for me, I went to the bookstore yesterday and realized this challenge was harder than I expected. It’s not easy to “trust” only a cover. There were a few books that jumped out at me but ultimately I went with a book that fit my mood and season.

My Pick:


Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

This book has a beautiful, colorful, beach cover. The cover feels like summer, which is probably why I picked it. I can’t tell you too much about this book because I didn’t read the back. I remember hearing some good reviews about it a couple years ago and I think it takes place in Italy and maybe one of the characters is an actress. Other than that, I have no idea what I’m getting into! I’ll let you know at the end of the month.

Your Turn: What book will you read this month? And why did you choose it? What on the cover grabbed your interest?

One thought on “August Reading Challenge: Judge a Book by its Cover

  1. Oooo this is a fun idea!! I always feel super guilty if I pick up a book or skim over other ones based on the cover. I feel like I have permission now : ) Next time I’m at the library I’ll make my selection!


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