Thursday, May 12, 2016

Armchair BEA 2016 ~ Aesthetic Concerns - Books & Blogs

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Welcome to day 2 of Armchair BEA. To find out more click the link above.
Today is all about aesthetics! The first part of this topic is concerned specifically with the books, the second with our blogs.

Books: I've found lately that I judge books by the cover a lot more than I used to. If I'm turned off by the cover I won't even read what it is about. This also comes into play with styles/genres. If it looks like a contemporary novel I tend to skip over it. I've been coming across more uf/fantasy (especially YA) that have more contemporary cover. An example is Melissa Marr's Seven Black Diamonds
Nothing about this cover say Faerie. Not only that but a war between the fae and humans. If it hadn't been for the author's name I wouldn't have read the blurb to see what it was about.

These are a couple of examples of what I think of when looking for UF or Fantasy.

Blog: I don't know if it is because this is more of a hobby for me or not but I don't really brand my blog. The only thing I really do is use the same pic across social media sites but that is about it.
My reviews tend to change as I do. Sometimes I want something simple and others a more detailed review. Lately, I've been featuring books more than reviewing them. I find it easier to talk about why I picked a book to read rather than what I liked or disliked about the same book.


  1. Aside from the REALLY terrible artwork one sees occasionally, I think I agree that it doesn't really bother me too much. But I definitely use cover art as a way to narrow down to books I think I might like. Lots of genres have "looks" and I have learned which ones are promising and which ones to skip.
    Meaghan @

  2. I would be more likely to pick up the first book you featured, rather than the next two. But then again, I don't read a lot of fantasy.

    My reviews take on all shapes and sizes. It depends on the book.

    Girl Who Reads

  3. I am definitely a "cover snob" and proud of it. ;)

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland, Kristina. I appreciate you stopping by. :)