When judging a book by its cover pays off

In addition to seeing a handful of tweets about book covers this week, I got an email from a friend about a great book cover, and overheard a conversation in a local book store about whether it was worth buying an unknown book based on the cover alone. All of which got me thinking of my (current) favourite book cover:




An amazing, creative cover for an amazing, creative book!




My favourite book of the 2010s

I was a bit late to the party when it came to The Night Circus. This awesome book by Erin Morgenstern was published in 2011, and I was sadly oblivious about it until a friend bought me a copy for my birthday in 2013.

Have you ever read a book where the words just feel good in your brain? That’s the only way I can describe it. The story, the characters, the language, the art … it’s just breathtaking.

I’m not going to write a review because I can’t possibly describe it without ruining some of the magic of the book (plus, so many other people have already done so, and I don’t know that my repeated exclamations of “it’s just awesome, so read it” would be adding much to the conversation). I will say that I wanted to start reading it again as soon as I hit the last word, and I have shamelessly pushed copies on most of my family and friends. The Night Circus is definitely my favourite book of the 2010s (and I’m not even going to put the “so far” caveat on that!).

Here’s a quick interview with author Erin Morgenstern. It’s from a few years ago, but still interesting to hear her process and her thoughts on the response from readers.