Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover–Issue Twenty-Four: Non-Fiction (Part 3)

“Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover” is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design. This feature is inspired by Katie’s feature Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time. The idea is being used with her gracious permission.

I think we’re all familiar with the age-old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. And you know what I have to say about that? Rubbish! Covers are an invaluable part of a book’s package. A truly great cover can tell you a lot about the novel contained within its pages. Book covers can also catch your attention and attract you to a novel you might otherwise ignore. So go ahead, judge a book by its cover – We all do it!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I adore the Non-Fiction genre. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t made enough of an effort to incorporate it into my reading schedule amongst all the advanced reader copies I often receive from publishers, but I would like to make a concerted effort to change that. I think if I could read five Non-Fiction titles by the end of 2014 I would be more than satisfied. Anyway! As usual this week’s edition was a lot of fun to compile and I’m always particularly excited to share Non-Fiction covers as I feel they often go sadly overlooked. Some of my favourite covers this week include Five Came Back by Mark Harris, Happy City by Charles Montgomery, Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman, Living With Your Body and Other Things You Hate by Emily Sandoz, Sex And The Founding Fathers by Thomas A. Foster and Life Itself by Roger Ebert.

Strike For America by Micah Uetricht ● The Buddha Walks Into A Bar… by Lodro Rinzler ● Five Came Back by Mark Harris

Books That Changed The World by Andrew Taylor ● Happy City by Charles Montgomery ● Fish Heads & Folktales by Peter M. Moran

Flyover Lives by Diane Johnson ● Just My Type by Simon Garfield ● Bang In The Middle by Robert Shore

Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman ● A Life of Barbara Stanwyck by Victoria Wilson ● Happy City by Charles Montgomery

Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark ● Living With Your Body and Other Things You Hate by Emily Sandoz ● Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney ● True Tales of Love and Lust by Anna David ● Bridesmaids by Eimear Lynch

Sex And The Founding Fathers by Thomas A. Foster ● Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott ● The Searchers by Glenn Frankel

Walkable City by Jeff Speck ● The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter ● Life Itself by Roger Ebert

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite non-fiction covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

3 responses to “Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover–Issue Twenty-Four: Non-Fiction (Part 3)”

  1. I used to read more non-fiction than I do now as well! Last year I tried to incorporate a bit more of it consciously, and I’m doing the same this year. I read My Life (So Far) Without a Date and it was really good!

    My favourite covers here are Liar, Temptress, Soldier Spy, The Bridesmaids, Books That Changed the World and Flyover Lives.

    Also added Books That Changed the World, Just My Type, and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy to my TBR list!

  2. Annie says:

    I don’t read much non-fiction but I really would love to so I’m very thankful for this post! Besides having great covers, these books all sound super interesting!
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  3. Michelle says:

    I definitly agree on the cover thing! I often buy books purely for there cover..
    It’s liek in real life. We don’t go up to an ugly guy in a bar. No, we choose the hot and cute one and pray he is single.
    And there is no shame in doing so. It’s just the way it is and love that you took the time and made a post for it <3 you deserve a big hug for that

    BTW: love the "Living with your body and other things you hate" cover. Awesome!
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