We've all heard the idiom, "don't judge a book by its cover". But a new site called PlayJudgey.com encourages users to do just that — and its creators, Nate Gagnon and Dean Casalena, seem to have a moral of their own in mind: buy more books.
The site displays a book cover, which you then rate on a scale topping out at 5 stars. The twist is that after submitting your judgement, Judgey grabs the average Goodreads score and compares the two ratings. If you've not read the book — or you have an opinion that doesn't align with the average — your score will likely be far off from Goodreads. If you have read it — or you're just a good guesser — your rating might align better and the end note will be a little less snotty.
Throughout the game, the site will politely prompt you from the top-left corner to buy the book. So while it's fun to see how your tastes in cover art match up with how books are received for their content, it's also a great way to discover new reads. Play it here.