Fangirl Issues: When You Really Are a Book Cover Judger

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

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Oops. Someone’s guilty. No, not you. Maybe, if you didn’t agree and you suddenly got all defensive. Although, let’s back up a bit. Yes, there is no doubt that I too pledge guilty. But is this saying still relevant nowadays? Why can’t I judge a book by its cover? Is it still wrong for me to do so? These are some of the lingering questions that a bookworm like me has everyday. I don’t know if you noticed this or not, but oftentimes the books I review for the blog are blind picks. Before I read a book, usually I just skim the synopsis and go “Eh. What’s the harm right?” Most of the time, it’s proven effective because my expectations are low and it helps me to review the book efficiently and unbiased. The other deciding factor of reading a book: literally judging the cover.

Nowadays, I truly believe that you can judge a book by its cover. I believe that part of why we read a book is because we are drawn to the way it is designed and presented. The cover got your attention and it made you want to pick it up. There is no denying that it is now part of the overall reading experience. Probably only 10 – 20% of the time, but it still affects you. Aside from the blurb or the keywords that got your attention, the cover serves as the first impression. Whatever it is that you think about next is impartially affected by the cover itself.

On another note, and this is probably just the graphic designer in me but it’s part of the judgement. Is the typography on point? Does the color combination make sense? Are the illustrations lit af? Does it make we want to read it or does it make my brain say “meh”? Will I let out an exasperated gasp because of the amazing effects that they used? Is this worth it? They said ‘magic VR’ on the cover so I should like this right?

Another thing is that book covers can be distinguished just by looking at the overall ambience that it projects. For example, you can easily recognize a YA contemporary by looking at some key elements like the bright color and the brush / calligraphy / handwritten font used for the title. Let’s face it, if you’re a contemporary lover like me, you are sure to pick these up once you see it on your local bookstore or even online.

Exhibit A:

Another trend in YA contemporary books are the sans serif fonts (the long and movie poster-like fonts), that gives it an edgy feel. The font itself makes the book look like an amazing movie poster. Add in the summery feels, and voila! Here lies an amazing read under the sizzling sun.

Exhibit B:

What about fantasies? Well, forgive me for saying this, but you’ll know the book probably deals with magic if you see the fancy serif fonts and if the book is entirely in the darker spectrum. Sometimes it can be white, but there is always that dose of black. Usually, I avoid fantasies like the plague, but sometimes there comes a moment where you don’t choose the book. The book chooses you.

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Have you also noticed these details before? Then congratulations! Welcome to the club. So now, what if you really are a book cover judger? Here’s something that we can do about that.

1. OWN IT. Own that title. You judge a book by its cover and that’s okay. But if you’re owning it, make sure that you know enough about a book before you join in on a general discussion. Maybe at least read the blurb or be aware of the genre. But when it comes to discussing book covers, GO FOR IT. BE THE FABULOUS UNICORN THAT YOU ARE. Be proud and let it be known that you know the color scheme for every Morgan Matson or Rainbow Rowell book!

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2. Help your friends decide which book to buy. An hour has already passed and you have already picked a book of your own. But your friend/s are still having dilemmas on picking a book that will fit their budget. Now you get to be the tiebreaker. Help them choose which one to buy based on how they chose to manifest the elements of the book on the cover! (Plus convincing them to buy it because of the pretty cover and knowing they like the premise is like getting extra book brownie points.)

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3. Spread the cover love! Books, like us amazing human beings, are unique in every way. Sometimes the stories contained within their pages may be on the same beat, but there is so much work that is put into one novel. So besides supporting the lovely authors, give a shout out to the amazing people behind the book cover as well! You love the story, but book cover artists made you fall in love with it at first sight. They are the real heroes for conveying magnetic layouts and designs that beautifully match the amazing words underneath the hardcovers.

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All I’m saying is that it’s not wrong to judge a book by the cover. You CAN judge the book when you have read it from front to back. You can also judge it by its cover, but that judgement will only remain impartial until you read the whole thing. The cover may be beautiful, but it can also deceive if you base your judgement on it alone. But as for picking a book based on its cover, YOU DO YOU.

But hey, that’s my two cents on a subject that I am truly passionate about. What’s your take on this?

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Books I Loved Less || Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Continuing my spree of surprising people with a series of posts, here we have a Top Ten Tuesday. Oh my word. And it’s going to talk about books that I loved less? (Woman, who are you?) New and improved. I have been on a reading journey the past year and I realized a lot of things that I did not know about myself. Yes, I was still reading last year. I just did not have the time to socialize lol. Anyways, let’s get to through this Top Ten (Five) Tuesday, shall we?

Side note: I am not saying that I don’t like these books (with the exception of the last one), but these are generally the books that I thought that I will absolutely love. It ended up being less than what I thought they were going to be. Oh expectations, and the hype. *sigh* And yes, these books are in order. If it is your favorite, yay for you! You liked it, and I didn’t (which is sad for me).

5. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I wanted to like Gemina. I really did. It was one of my most anticipated reads last year, and I almost sacrificed an arm and a limb to get my hands on an advanced reader’s copy. But luckily, I did not.

I still thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly loving a new character named Ella. She was another girl behind the computers and I bet she and my mom Kady will get along just fine. The chemistry between Hannah and Nik did not work well with me, and I still shipped Kady and Ezra more. The fact that the characters from the last book had more impact on me than the characters that were basically in the last 500 pages is saying a lot. The action was still there, and I am still very much intrigued on how the series will go from there. I just thought that this one will automatically get 5 stars from me.

4. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

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For crying out loud, this was a historical fiction novel. Bianca, this should have been automatically rated as a 5-star read. I know, right? But why not, you ask?

I found myself dragging over some of the parts, like Jacob and Zofia’s perspectives. I need not to read their endeavors since I did not get much at all. I was also excited to just immerse myself in the world, but the characters took that one star away from making it a 5.

I like books with multiple perspectives, and 3rd person narratives are always the best kind of books to read for me. I found Alexander nice, and Katerina lovely. The queen was definitely a character that I would want to read more of. That’s why I was still able to give the 4 star rating for this book.

3. Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

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Oh man. I had such high hopes for this book. Again, it all comes down to expectations. I wanted to read something that will hit me hard in the feels. Yet, did this book deliver? Not really, as I stated in my review.

It did succeed in giving me a lot of feels, feelings of hatred for one of the main characters. Mia was unbearable. I understand where her hatred is coming from, but she came off really strong and unpleasant.

I generally loved everything else, the message it wants to get out there, and the writing style. It was actually quite refreshing to read a book set outside the United States. //shot But the feelings were all negative, accompanied by a resolution that was just meh, and a character that did not look like she will change for the better.

2. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

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WE GET IT. YOU BROKE UP. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE 400 PAGES LONG?

I ended up DNF-ing this book after wanting it for so long. Our school library had it on its shelves (much to my surprise)  and I wanted to lay back and just read. I ended up returning it the two days after with a whole week still under my belt because I just had enough.

What I read was a string of conclusions that are woven to make a coherent conclusion realizable from the very first page. Do you get me? As for now, this one gets two stars from me. Writing style is okay, and the art was simply gorgeous, but with everything that is spiraling around, it gets a no from me right now.

1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I had a series kick last year, and this one was actually on my list. I did expect to like it, because my own classmates gave me good ratings for this book. But sad to say, yes. I hate this book because of the CHARACTERS again.

Juliette annoyed every fiber of my being and so did Adam and Warner, who I think are both dominant and abusive as fudge. This book was just full of bad decision-making. -_-

I discontinued reading the sequel despite wanting some more Kenji action (who I think is the most sensible person in this entire trilogy). I had hopes that Juliette would make more sense in the next book, but it ended up like a cliche. I was able to predict the next twists and turns, based on the direction that those guys are headed. But fret not, it could have been a one star if not for Tahereh Mafi’s glorious writing style. I love you guys, and I know that a lot of you loved this book in particular. But I am not sorry for disliking these characters. The frustration was just strong.


I narrowed the list down to five because we could be here all day if I did list down ten books. I actually have more books to share about but this post is getting too long for me. I might be boring you with the details already.

And that’s a Tuesday for you and for me.

What books should I give a second look to? What books did you expect to love and loved less? Let me know so we can chat in the comments below!

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Rainy Day Thoughts: What Did I Miss?

Am I back from the dark abyss? Am I back from the pit of inactivity? Am I back from the black hole of death?

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I feel like I’m Thomas Jefferson in writing this post. I feel like I have missed a lot of things that happened around here in our community. If you’re a new follower, hello there! Welcome to the weirdness and randomness of my brain. You may proceed to your right and in there, you can find a post that probably has dust. Still okay to read, but it’s kinda old. And if you’re someone who stuck by me and my random posts from the beyond: CAN I GIVE YOU HUG, YOU WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING?

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So where was I? The dark abyss. The pit of inactivity. The black hole of death. Okay kidding, I was busy with my studies. I have been so out of loop ever since I started working on massive projects and life-changing duties. The only time that I had was dedicated into writing blog posts for blog tours, for book club, and a few blogging prompts here and there. I forgot how to socialize and at least be like my old self where I comment on posts for being awesome. (And they are awesome guys. The people I follow here on WordPress have the most incredible minds.) If it were not for those tours, I would have not read anything at all. I tried coming back, and to be honest, most of the posts that I actually managed to get through was basically done in a rush. It was not really nice to be able to blog at all, because I felt helpless. (Let’s count how many Hamilton references I can put in one blog post. We stop now. Lol) I cannot spare time to just sit down and write, and even if I did, I spent hours and hours writing basically nothing. For example:

“No graphics. No pretty designs and stuff like that. Maybe I will use bold or italicized letters if I will ever make out a point or two. I just want to take a breather today and finally put a stop to horrible thoughts.

Because of some of the stuff in my personal life, I am awake until 3 am in the morning everyday. There were days where I faced the next day without a wink of sleep. My sleeping pattern is in chaos. There are some days where I just want to stop everything and turn back to doing the thing I love: blogging.

But as I was typing this post, I keep getting these thoughts in my head to stop typing. My fingers hurt for who knows whatever reason why, I want to open another tab (and I did after typing it), I want to work on other stuff, and”

That one took 4 hours to write. I knew it was a slump, because the temporary title was “Have I Lost My Blogging Mojo?”. But don’t worry, I am only partially dead. I know the current issues that are taking place, and I know what current releases are to die for and what not. Yet what is the use of knowing what is out there if I cannot connect with the people who I can talk to about it?

So let’s start fresh, if you’re a new book blogger, say hi in the comments! Link me a blog post of yours and I will leave a comment. If you’re a cool person keeping tabs on my blog, I promise to hop by your blog soon! Maybe one day, you’ll see a comment there or two. 🙂

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Let’s bring back light and enthusiasm back into this blog. And now, where exactly am I headed? I think I’m going places, I guess? A lot of opportunities have opened up since I last posted. I joined a lot of happenings, I got accepted into something, and I have some very exciting news. I am planning on revamping the book club, and hopefully get to host an international giveaway soon for that milestone? In other words, I want to be able to communicate with the book blogging community and share my voice as much as possible. I’m still bombarded with a lot of work, but we can manage through that if I really want to make these promises possible.

No more brb’s from here. This fangirl is here to stay. 🙂

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P.S. I HOARDED MORE BOOKS THAN EVER. AND I HAVE BEEN READING MORE THAN USUAL. ASDFGHJKL; Yeah, I will make sure to include all of it in my wrap-up. Har har.