We've all heard the warning: don't judge a book by its cover. But I find I've often grabbed a book because of something eye-catching, intriguing, or mysterious on the cover... Today we are giving you permission: judge a book by its cover! And if you come across a book you just had to read based on the cover, leave a comment to share it with us! Here are a few that caught our attention:
The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
"That skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that comes along once a generation. He is one of those rare chefs who is simply born. He is an artist."
And so begins the rise of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life’s journey in Richard Morais’s charming novel,The Hundred-Foot Journey. Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the kitchen,The Hundred-Foot Journeyis a succulent treat about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste.
Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S. Choi
Look to the blatantly homicidal intent in the title, not the hot pink cover, to get a sense of this debut novel, which combines the violence and nihilism of a Chuck Palahniuk or Brett Easton Ellis novel with chick-lit label-dropping. The shock-value plot should provoke plenty of hype, but it’s Choi’s furious, laugh-out-loud social commentary that is most noteworthy.
Angela S. Choi lives in San Francisco, California. Born in Hong Kong, Angela practiced law until she took up writing. Hello Kitty Must Die is her debut novel.
Them or Us by David Moody
The war that has torn the human race apart is finally nearing its end. With most towns and cities now uninhabitable, and with the country in the grip of a savage nuclear winter, both Hater and Unchanged alike struggle to survive.
Hundreds of Hater fighters have settled on the East Coast in the abandoned remains of a relatively undamaged town under the command of Hinchcliffe - -who'll stop at nothing to eradicate the last few Unchanged and consolidate his position at the top of this new world order.
Apples by Richard Milward
This unassuming debut novel plucked from the imagination of a remarkable new 21-year-old talent is an affecting, ingeniously crafted coming-of age novel that has critics calling Milward the voice of the MySpace generation.
Boomsday by Christopher Buckley
Outraged over the mounting Social Security debt, Cassandra Devine, a charismatic 29-year-old blogger and member of Generation Whatever, incites massive cultural warfare when she politely suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. Her modest proposal catches fire with millions of citizens, chief among them "an ambitious senator seeking the presidency." With the help of Washington's greatest spin doctor, the blogger and the politician try to ride the issue of euthanasia for Boomers (called "transitioning") all the way to the White House, over the objections of the Religious Right, and of course, the Baby Boomers, who are deeply offended by demonstrations on the golf courses of their retirement resorts.