The cover doesn’t make the book, but it doesn’t hurt.
As someone who truly does not have that one book they return to, again and again, my favorite books are ones that find me at the right time.
Sometimes that is through the power of its design, but regardless it’s some type of resonance I feel when I pick it up – either from a quip on the back cover, a leading sentence, or a recommendation.
I picked a few of my favorites above, and yea, I think they all meet the cover test.
Except Gibran – come on buddy, creepy almost police sketch? Not attractive.
(go find a hard copy, though, pro tip: the book itself is gorgeous)
The Art of the Everyday – March 29: Judgment day, If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?