To Read or Not to Read #OpenBookBlogHop #MondayMusings #Inspiration

Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week, we’re discussing a quote. “Let’s face it, books are judged by their covers.” —Whitney Hill

I’ve never judged a book by its front cover image, probably because of my visual impairment. In my younger years, when I read print books, I could see the images on the front cover, but the only way I knew whether I wanted to read the book was to read the back cover information.

Nowadays, I download books on Kindle and in audio and other specialized formats that I can read on my tablet or phone. On the Amazon, Audible, and Bookshare sites, the front cover image is displayed, and I can see it, but again, I don’t know whether I’ll read the book until I read the synopsis.

However, many people judge books by the front cover images. So, with the help of DLD Books, I’ve designed front cover images for my books that I hope appeal to readers. I’ve gotten some wonderful comments on the covers of the two novels and memoir I published with the help of DLD Books.

 

The Red Dress

A Young, dark-haired woman in a red dress is holding flowers.

My Ideal Partner

This is a wrap-around cover containing the back cover information on the left and the front cover image on the right. On the front cover, my late husband Bill and I are pictured on our wedding day. Bill, on the left, has gray hair and is wearing sunglasses and a green suit. I'm on the right, with flowers in my dark hair and wearing a mauve-colored gown.

How about you? Do you judge a book by its cover? You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ responses.

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

6 thoughts on “To Read or Not to Read #OpenBookBlogHop #MondayMusings #Inspiration”

  1. To a certain extent, once your name is known, it’s that which sells, not the image. So I put more effort into the appearance of the first in every series, just so that it stands out. And that often means NOT following the trends.

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