Friday, September 10, 2010

Book Chat and Giveaway

Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover Title.

If you are like me, I am quick to judge a book by its cover.  I rarely read book summaries for fear of spoilers.  So unless I have read a great review or am familiar with the author, the cover is usually the deciding factor. 

But what about the title?

I have recently come across several books that I had no intention of reading because I just didn't like the title.  I know this sounds ludicrous, but I am a word person and well, some words just bother me.  The two most recent ones were...

I didn't even know what Hate List was about, all I knew was it sounded so negative, I didn't want to read it.  Then came The Duff, well the title speaks for itself. 

Well, copies of these books made their way into my hands and I read them anyways.  I am glad I did.  Both of these books were great.  They dealt with things that make people uncomfortable and unhappy, but they were great stories and I am glad I read them. 

So just in case you are like me and judge a book by its title, I want you to read one anyways.  I am giving away an ARC of The Duff to a lucky reader. 

To enter, tell me (in the comments section) if you are guilty of judging a book by its title.  Please include your contact email addy in your comment.  One entry per person, US only please due to shipping charges.  Please enter by 9/17.  Good luck.

*My review of these two books are coming soon!

48 comments:

Jessi E. said...

I am guilty of judging books by things like the title or the cover. I know I should wait to see what it's all about, but sometimes I just can't help it. I'm usually worse about the cover than the title, though.

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tanya904 said...

I am guilty of judging a book by it's cover and it usually turns out bad. I will pick up a book based on the fancy cover and it ends being the best thing about it
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StephTheBookworm said...

I sometimes judge books by titles too... and covers lol.

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jacmom said...

I think I always judge a book by it's cover. I think it's hard not to. The title and cover are the first things you see when you pick up a book. Right there I'm usually swayed to like the book or not even before I read the description.

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Tina said...

I generally give most books with bad covers or titles the benefit of the doubt. What I really need to do is stop getting books with attractive covers because I always end up disappointed by them.

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Moonsanity said...

I was going to say I wasn't caught up in the titles but I realized I am...but kind of the opposite of what you mentioned. I don't like complicated titles that are hard to remember or pronounce:) I have a bigger problem with badly illustrated covers though.

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Helen's Book Blog said...

Title absolutely plays a role! I am with moonsanity: cover plays a bigger role for me. But, students at my school definitely go by title

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Melissa said...

I'm terribly guilty of this. If a book sounds like it has glittering vampires or screamy teen girls, I steer clear of it like the plague...hence why I avoided The Duff. That said, I definitely need to expand my horizons and step out of my comfort zone.

Brilliant contest, too! Thank you for the opportunity to win :)

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Sophia said...

I'm more guilty of judging a book by its cover than its title, but I'm still terribly guilty! There are some books that I just cannot read. Like the book Dairy Queen. My friends loved it, but I couldn't finish it. The title and cover were both not my style.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Sophia L.
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Tara SG (25 Hour Books) said...

I'm 100% guilty of this! In fact I passed up DUFF too because the title didn't appeal to me.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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elizabeth said...

I do not really judge a book by its title. I am more inclined to judge a book by its cover more than anything.

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Taffy said...

I judge a book by its cover every single time I look at a book. Then I force myself to read the blurb or jacket.

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debbie said...

I find I do in bookstores. It has to be, it is the first thing I look at. I find it makes more difference to me, if it is a new author.
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Margay said...

I have been guilty of judging a book by its title. There are just some titles that make you go hmm...


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Mrs. DeRaps said...

I definitely do this. But, I do it both ways--Think that a book is going to be awesome because of its title and think a book is going to be horrible because of its title.

For instance, I am not a huge fan of fantasy books, so a book with a title like The Guardians of Ga'hoole" is an instant turn-off for me. Any book where the words don't look pronounceable scares me off.

On the other hand, I love titles that are dramatic and/or quirky. I love Ellen Hopkins titles because they are one word. That's cool.

I also love titles that are longer, but poetic-seeming. Like The Knife of Never Letting Go. Or The Forest of Hands and Teeth. And Because I Am Furniture. These are all great titles. (And great books, too!)

This is a great topic. I should probably stop now because I could go on forever!

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DarcyO said...

I'm also guilty of judging a book by its cover.

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linz said...

I don't judge a book by its title, but I do judge by its cover. Sometimes, if the cover is completely awful, I won't even buy the book. It shouldn't happen, but it does.

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Miss Remmers said...

I am so glad you read The Duff. Hate List is on my list. We're definitely different here. As soon as I heard the title "DUFF" I was so intrigued. I was doubt full of the premise, but the title alone made me want to pick it up. The same thing with Hate List. But it could be because as a 9th grade teacher I definitely read what my students pick up.

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Jessy said...

I was going to say no, but I realize I do this a lot with chic lit books.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I am definitely guilty of that. I held off for a long time even entering a contest for a book because of its boring cover. Then I entered and won (maybe there weren't many entries!) and put it on my shelf of TBR. Later, I pulled it out and looked at it and put it back then curiosity got the better of me and I decide to read. The book was great! I was so surprised and wondered why did the author choose that cover?

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angie said...

I am totally guilty of judging a book by its cover. That is how I decide what I am going to read. Unless I've read a book previously of an authors this is my main way of choosing a book. Terrible I know!
Thanks for the giveaway!
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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Excellent point. I hate both of these covers but I've heard great things about them.
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Bethany C. said...

I'm guilty. I thought Red-Headed Stepchild sounded kind of dumb, but I'm so glad I read the synopsis and decided to get over it and read it. I ordered The Mage In Black before I was even done with it.

Hilary St. Laurent said...

I am so guilty of judging books. I first judge the title and the cover, if that intrigues me I read the first line. If the first line is any good I'll read the end of the book as well. If I like how the book ends, even if it doesn't make sense to me...then I'll decide weather I want to read it or not.
I'm the worst book-judge ever!

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PeechieKeen said...

Guilty. Titles, as well as even the font sometimes, can turn me on or off to reading a book!

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Maddie M. said...

Very guilty. The books with the interesting titles are always the ones I look at first.

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Caitlin said...

One of the biggest mistakes I made was letting Vampire Academy sit on my book shelf for five months after I got it as a gift. I figure "Wow another vampire novel that takes place in a school. How original." Then I let it sit there until my friend all but taped my eyes open and tired me to a chair to read. And it's probably one of my favorite series now!

So I know how you feel! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Sophia said...

Haha yup I am totally guilty :) I just can't help it sometimes! ALthough, I do make sure to read the description, if only a few sentences :)

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LLL Reviews said...

I am guilty of all the above: judging the title, cover art, and praise blurbs!=)
If I see an author that I love blurb it and have a great cover- chance are I will just buy it!

I love books of all sorts and since finding my way to the blog world I am 100% more prepared to know what is in the book store. Before I didnt have much to go on like Early reviews that blogger post... all I had to go on is what the novel offered!=)


Mahalo for the post and giveaway!=)
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Onge said...

I don't normally judge a book by the title. I will admit that I judge by the cover. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
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vvb32 reads said...

cover definitely affects me too. and sometimes the title. so in both cases for the books you mentioned i wasn't too interested. but your review and points make them appealing now. so people-bloggers are the third factor for me ;-D
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Anonymous said...

I am totally guilty of judging a book by its cover, but it also goes both ways. I sometimes pick out books at the book stores just because I LOVE the cover, and never heard anything about it. I am a total pretty cover whore.... ;)

Erin
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samantha35 said...

I am very guilty- I look at the cover and if it doesnt look good, I wont get it

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Linda Henderson said...

I usually won't judge a book by it's cover or title. I know the author has little or no control over these things so I don't hold it against them on buying their book.

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Moridin said...

I occasionally judge books by their title, but I sometimes read them anyway and usually end up liking them.
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Lisa B. said...

I've never judged a book by its title, but I have judged one by its cover.
-Lisa B.
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Pamela Keener said...

I must admit I pass by books that perhaps are not eye appealing. I will pick a book by it's blurb moreso than cover though.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Vidisha said...

Cover dosent really effect me..
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Nancye said...

I am definitely guilty of judging a book by its title or by its cover. I'm sure I have missed some really good books because of that! Sometimes books with a really cool title or cover has turned out to be terrible. I guess you just never know........until you read it!

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SandyG265 said...

I've picked up a book because the title caught my eye but I haven't ever not read a book because of the title.

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latishajean said...

I used to but not anymore alot of great books I would have missed. great giveaway thank you very much!
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mizzlizzbeck said...

I have had a tendency to judge books by their cover, but I'm doing better not to. Titles don't factor too heavily in a book decision for me already, luckily. :)
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Sarah Lynne said...

I am the type to judge by cover and title. But I have been wrong many many times and very happy about it!!!

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degood said...

I do judge books by their titles. If it doesn't intrigue me at first, I will pass over it until i hear good feedback about it from others.

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Shaiha said...

I am very definitely guilty of judging by the cover and for throwing the book across the room when the brunette on the cover is actually a blonde

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Anne J said...

I do tend to judge by the cover picture, what is worst is when a book with a great cover turns out to be dud.
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Carole Spring said...

I am guilty of judging a book by it's title and sometimes by it's cover.
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Tabathia said...

Yes I have judge by the cover and by the title, even though I loved Harry Potter there are other books similar that I won't read
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