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#RogersReads 2021: Read A Book That You Judged By Its Cover

Nov 30, 2021

Have you ever picked up a book that looked just perfect, but when you start reading it you just couldn’t care less? Or maybe a friend recommended a book that you were wary of because of the cover art, but once you started it was just wonderful? This is your chance to use that book for a reading challenge. We all know it is what’s on the inside that counts, but a book’s cover does have a definite effect on your expectations for it. This is one of those challenges that you probably won’t be able to fulfill on purpose. We do think you will just know when it happens though. Since it is hard to guess what your expectations and surprises will be, we are going to list a few of our own surprises from this year as inspiration. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

It’s still not too late to get started on your #RogersReads challenges! To be eligible for the grand prize, all you have to do is complete 12 challenges by December 31, 2021. That’s still plenty of time! Here are some books with animals on their covers to help you get started.

Read a book that, for better or worse, you judged by its cover.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

“I started The Miniaturist because I thought it was going to be a scary story. The cover is kind of creepy and—I mean—we all know that miniatures are creepy. It turns out it was a historical fiction novel that is fairly realistic. It was sort of sad and creepy at times, but definitely not a horror novel.”

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

“I picked up Miss Benson’s Beetle because it was super cute. It was a good book, but it was not cute. It was a story of female empowerment with some pretty strong adventure in the end.”

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea had such a bright, adorable cover! The story was adorable, but it also made me cry.”

FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven

“I downloaded FantasticLand from hoopla because I was searching high and low for a scary story to read in preparation for Halloween. I had never heard of it before, but it was one of the only books that was available at the time. I thought it looked kind of corny and like it wouldn’t be great. Turns out I loved it! It is really well written.”

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin Craig

“I was able to read House of Salt and Sorrows before it was released. I thought the cover and the concept were just enchanting, so I was so excited. To be honest, I did not enjoy it at all. It was very slow-moving and didn’t “sweep me away” like I had expected.”

Mort(e) by Robert Repino

Mort(e) caught my eye because of the cat on the cover. It is not a bad series, but it is also definitely not a book about cats.”

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Richardson

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. I thought it would be really sappy, and I don’t like sappy books.”

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez

“I will not lie to you. I checked out Woven In Moonlight solely because the cover was beautiful. I was lucky, and the book ended up being good too.”

The Mercies by Kiran Hargrave

“When I first started The Mercies, I expected it to be focused on the sea. Maybe a survivalist type thing? In reality, it is much more about politics and interpersonal relationships.”

Once & Future by Amy Capetta and Cori McCarthy

Once & Future was one that did not disappoint. The cover says “space robots and King Arthur,” and boy it was “space robots and King Arthur.”

If you haven’t already, you can join the #RogersReads reading challenge by registering and entering the books you read at rpl.readsquared.com under “missions.” Each month, prizes will be awarded to two readers who complete a mission online by the end of the month. If you complete all twelve missions by December 31, 2021, you will be entered for the grand prize that will be awarded at the end of the challenge. You can finish the challenges in any order over the course of the year with eBooks, audiobooks, or print copies of a title.

Happy reading!

#RogersReads Reading Challenges for 2021
1. Read a book that makes you laugh.
2. Read a book that is about food or has food in the title.
3. Read a book set in or about space.
4. Read a book that is about or based on mythology or folklore.
5. Read a book whose author is known for something other than writing.
6. Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, about nature.
7. Read a fictional retelling of a historical event.
8. Read a book you meant to read in 2020.
9. Read a book with an animal on the cover.
10. Read a book from your least favorite genre.
11. Read a book that, for better or worse, you judged by its cover.
12. Read a book with a body of water on the cover or in the title.