Sunday, January 18, 2009

Oh, Yes You Can!


Yes, you can judge a book by its cover.

In fact, you can judge a book on the title alone – which is what I did with this one.

“Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth.”

Lovely. Such a great literary hook.

And that beautiful image? Haunting.

And, no, I wasn’t feeling sad at the time I glanced at the cover. Nor did I (or do I) identify with the pensive, angelic face of the woman. (Would that I were so beautiful or angelic…)

I loved the story.

I’m also thrilled that author Edeet Ravel has written other books I will now read. I hit the mother lode when this one caught my eye!

Words – written or spoken in just the right way – will get me every time.

Alas, sometimes to my detriment.

Not this time.

14 comments:

sherry smyth said...

I thought you were talking about moi!! lol!!!!
Seriously, it sounds like something I need to read...I love it when you share your "finds"!!
Keep warm and see you Wednesday!!

oreneta said...

I agree, sometimes you can tell...sometimes not, but yes, there are times....sounds like a good book....I am reading a great one now as well, Night Train to Lisbon, by Pascal Mercier. A must read for all of us who love books and words. Only a little way in and it's amazing.

Bee said...

I read the description of the book -- very different, at least for me, from what this image seems to imply. But I agree: I was hooked, too! (And oh, to have such rich red hair!)

Beth said...

Sherry:
The "Yes you can" bit or the judging a book by its cover?
You can definitely do anything you set your mind to!
See you soon.

Oreneta:
Noted - on THE LIST.
(Package mailed Friday.)

Bee:
The story was certainly different than the image & title implied but they both got me to read a great story.
(And, oh, to have even the slightest wave in my hair!)

Seraphine said...

I admit it. I judge a book by its cover. I won't read a book that is torn, for example, nor one that isn't in "like new" condition. The cover, if its illustrated, has to be interesting or I won't open the book.
I'm like that with people too, sometimes.

Cheryl said...

I love when you share your book reviews with us. So far I have enjoyed all of them, so I'm adding this to my list.
I do judge a book by its cover, at least at first. I'm usually pretty good at it too.
Thanks for this tip. Keep them coming.
I'm in the middle of reading The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan. So far, so good.
XXXX

She said...

Wow! That is a GREAT title!

But I just can't keep up with you in the reading department. I SO want to, but I have so little time right now!

I have stacks of books I've bought that I'm dying to get to!

And, btw, wavy hair is over-rated! It's messy and all tangle-y and hard to manage! : )

Now, red hair, I'd love to have!

And, can I come on Wednesday?!

Patti said...

Who said you're not beautiful and angelic?

Beth said...

Seraphine:
I usually judge a book by its first page. As for people? I think we all do that to some extent. Less so as we get older. (Wise words from your elder...)

Cheryl:
Blogs are a great way to discover new reading material. I do it, too.

She:
The hair? Yet another thing we could exchange in a perfect world!

Patti:
That would be me - I am my own harshest/realistic critic. (But I do like myself!)

Trish said...

I love a good book cover and when it corresponds with a fabulous read then - even better!

cipriano said...

Isn't it exhilarating to discover an author that really resonates with you?
I love when it happens.
I felt that way when I "discovered" Emma Donoghue and have since read nearly all of her books.
Felt the same way when I "found" Ann-Marie MacDonald.
Happy reading Beth!

Beth said...

Trish:
A perfect fit!

Cip:
It's like finding a new friend.

Memarie Lane said...

I will have to see if my library system has it.

Gladys said...

That is what made me buy "The Girl With the Pearl Earring"