The Sunday Salon – January 17, 2010 (the “drool-worthy covers from my to-read list” edition)

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It’s not always easy for me to think of ideas for my Sunday Salon posts, but I’ve recently been enjoying posts by other bloggers that highlight book covers for one reason or another, so thought I’d do one of my own. I have a to-read shelf on GoodReads that currently has 565 titles on it. Here are some of the covers on that list that I love for one reason or another.

londoncallingleviathansunflowers
huntingandgatheringcalligraphercaravaggio
septembersmaidmarianseamstress

What do you think? Have you read any of the above books? Any other books have covers that you love? And how much does a book’s cover influence your decision to read it?

Other bookish posts this week:

~ Book Review: This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
~ Literary Road Trip: Author Glenda Burgess
~ Book Review: The Quiet American by Graham Greene

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30 Responses to The Sunday Salon – January 17, 2010 (the “drool-worthy covers from my to-read list” edition)

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I’ve not read any of these, but the covers are certainly eye-catching! Once in awhile, a cover will catch my attention, and every time I go into a bookstore, I’ll stop and touch it. Usually, I’ll end up buying it but it takes some thinking about before I do. The cover that is bewitching me right now is The Swan Thieves. (Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I thoroughly LOVED The Historian.)
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Playing with Fire =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I love the cover of The Swan Thieves, too! She’s one author I haven’t read yet.

  2. Amy S. says:

    Nice selection. I often pick up or buy a book because I am drawn to its cover. Matthew Pearl once spoke about how much thought and detail goes into deciding on a cover and if you go to his website, he shows all the different covers for foreign versions of his novels which I find fascinating.
    .-= Amy S.´s last blog ..Bright Star: on DVD January 19 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Amy – I am often intrigued by the different covers between hardcover/paperback and foreign editions. And I’ve also been misled by a book’s cover, which I hate.

  3. Kay says:

    Oh, that’s such a pretty collection! I love The Seamstress cover, The Calligrapher’s Daughter and Leviathan’s. As for reading, I really enjoyed Leviathan and Hunting and Gathering, but couldn’t get into Caravaggio’s angel.
    .-= Kay´s last blog ..Review : The Dead and the Gone =-.

  4. Sheila DeChantal
    Twitter: bookjourney
    says:

    I have not read any of these but you are right about the covers! I love covers and you have some wonderful ones! Caravegio’s Angel really is amazing!
    .-= Sheila DeChantal´s last blog ..In My Mailbox =-.

  5. Kathy says:

    A good cover can influence me a lot, I’m sad to say. I’ve read Sunflowers and The Seamstress and they’re both really good.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Our life in France – holidays =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – good to know! I remember your review of The Seamstress – that may have been why I added it to the to-read list!

  6. softdrink says:

    I’ve read Septembers of Shiraz (my cover had a different image, but similar colors) and Calligrapher’s Daughter, both excellent books. I love the cover with the chalk.
    .-= softdrink´s last blog ..Summertime =-.

  7. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422
    says:

    Beautiful covers and a great list of books. Happy reading!
    .-= Trisha´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: A Bookishly Non-Bookish Week =-.

  8. My reading is, to a degree, affected by a cover. Sometimes it’s the cover that draws me to pick it up off the shelf, or the cover that attracts me to read a review. But my choice is also affected by title and author. Of the covers shown here, I’m drawn in by The Calligrapher’s Daughter. The cover is attractive, the title intrigues, and the author’s name “Kim” interests me as I wonder if she’s Asian. I also like Septembers in Shiraz‘s blue color and the silver teapot.

    I enjoyed this post, thanks 🙂
    .-= The Kool-Aid Mom´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon Is Closed? Oh, Noooz! =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kool-Aid Mom – as I look at the covers I’m drawn to, a lot of them are because they feature “cool” colors – blues, purples, etc.

  9. Ash says:

    I have Sunflowers. I haven’t read it yet and I’m actually interested in the book, but I’ll admit that what first drew me to it was the cover. 🙂 I love green and yellow. And Sunflowers.
    .-= Ash´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: New bookshelf =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Ash – the colors on Sunflowers remind me of my mom – those are the colors she loves.

  10. I could look at book covers all day. 🙂 Probably wouldn’t be very productive though would it? LOL Of the covers you’ve posted, I have read Septembers of Shiraz. It’s a good one. And I think it’s my favorite of the covers you’ve posted. Have a great week, Carrie!
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: A Book about Reading & What I am Reading Now =-.

  11. sheri says:

    I haven’t read any of these books, but the covers you chose were gorgeous! Nice post.
    .-= sheri´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon: Lookin’ Forward To The Rain… =-.

  12. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    I think you’re a mindreader! Sunflowers and The Calligrapher’s Daughter are both books I’ve been thinking about buying. My library doesn’t have either one. I’m hoping to read Leviathan this week. I’m more likely to buy a book if it has a beautiful cover than one that doesn’t. I hate it when my favorite books have horrible covers.
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..Library Loot 6 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Vasilly – I’ve actually returned a book I ordered online because it didn’t come with the cover I was expecting!

  13. Stephanie says:

    I absolutely love the covers of both Leviathan and Sunflowers. I think they are gorgeous, as are the other covers you highlighted.

    It’s funny how something as simple as a cover can garner my interest or completely turn me off a book.
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Stephanie – I am that way, too – if I hate a book’s cover, it will take a lot of recommendations to make me want to pick it up.

  14. Alita says:

    I haven’t even heard of most of these titles, but wow are those some pretty covers. I think my two favourites there are London Calling and The Septembers of Shiraz. Going to go look those ones up!
    .-= Alita´s last blog ..Monday Round Up (01.18.10) =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Alita – I don’t even remember why I added those books to my to-read list, but it might have simply been the covers!

  15. The Seamstress is fantastic, I would definitely recommend picking that up!
    .-= Jen – Devourer of Books´s last blog ..The Boleyn Wife – Book Review =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Jen – I think it might have been a review on your site that had me adding it to my to-read list!