I recently picked up Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. This book is on award lists and is well loved by many readers. I had always intended to read this book and just hadn't gotten to it. There were other covers that were catching my attention and I kept walking past this one. As I started to read, my first reaction was, "I hope it doesn't continue this way." But, I got past the first chapter and I am getting pulled into the story very quickly. I haven't gotten far enough to give a final impression, but I am starting to think that the characters will gain my respect and admiration by the end. I think I will be glad that I picked this one off the shelf and added it to my read list.
So, if you are walking past a book because the cover isn't quite as exciting, give it a chance and try not to judge it by its cover.