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Aah! Everyone seems so ashamed of this! (But everyone does it...) I think it's actually pretty cool the amount of thought and art that goes into a book cover. It may not get accross what exactly is in the book, but it can usually give you some idea of the attitude of it.
I'm gonna take a risk and reveal a super top-secret bit of information about the book business, and retail in general. WE LIE! Kind of... I've actually gotten really good at judging a book by it's cover, to the point where I can often give a customer a rough plotline. It's impossible to read every single book in a bookstore (although I'd *love* to) but people ask for so many recommendations, that you have to be able to say with confidence what type of book it is.
One of my favorite go-to phrases is "Well, I haven't read it, but my sister has and she loved it. It's a wonderful (comedic chick-lit, dramatic beach read, military action thriller, satirical classic, medical mystery, etc...)! I don't have to go into details that might give me away, but I can still give it a good recommendation. Sneaky, eh?
It sounds shady, but it's surprisingly accurate. Brings me repeat customers!
I will say though, that if I *have* read a book and *didn't* like it, I won't hestitate to say so, and instead lead them to something truly delicious.