I do hate to admit that I do judge a book by its cover. That is the first thing I look at when I'm browsing shelves. Obviously, if I already know about a book, I don't care what the cover looks like. But it really does make a difference in what I'll pick up. That, and the title.
A few years ago, I started writing down the books I read and the date when I finished them. Yes, it's a little obsessive but if only I had done that all my life. If only. . . So if a book really captured me, if it made me stay up late turning pages, if I was sad but satisfied when I read the last page, then I gave it two stars. I'm going to start featuring those books here.