I know, hate is a strong word. Here are 8 book covers I mildly despise…
We’re constantly told to “never judge a book by its cover.” However, my blog is an honest place, and I think we can all agree that the cover plays a big part in the first impressions of a book. Today I have compiled a list of books I would never pick up based on cover alone. I know, thank goodness for Goodreads.
Let the countdown commence!
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
I adore this series, but the book covers just don’t do it for me. Don’t get me wrong, the art is beautiful, but I hate all the white space – it feels unfinished. I hate these covers so much that I’m holding out for a cover change before I buy physical copies (I have Kindle copies) to decorate my shelves with.
Please, Maggie Stiefvater, let there be a cover change!
I’d love it if Maggie did the art herself, actually, because I adore her style. Here’s an example:
Imagine if you got rid of the quote, and put the title there instead; that in itself would be a beautiful cover! Sigh.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
A lot of people are quite fond of this cover, but I just really do not like the colour green. I know, it’s a petty reason to dislike a book cover, but green just makes me want to look away. (Sorry if you’re a green-lover.) Also, I’m not fond of covers featuring people. I mean, it’s very rare for me to like a cover with an actual person on it.
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
I love the background of this cover, and I think the font is really quirky, but I think it’s just the fact that there’s a face on the cover, a girl who – in my opinion – looks like a witch, or Lena Duchannes from Beautiful Creatures. For a long time, I thought this was a book about witches. I also don’t like how she’s sideways – I keep having to tilt my head or the book to look at her.
I did however, love the movie poster:
Again, there’s a person on the cover: not a great start. However, I also don’t like how there’s writing in between the lines of the title; I can’t help but read it as “The – she’s trained to survive – murder – he’s programmed to kill – complex,” which is just irritating. Also, the colour scheme is not my favourite. Likewise, what is going on at the bottom? I have no clue.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
I know, this cover is iconic – some people even have tattoo replicas of it. Though you could say the art style reflects the writing style, I just don’t like how messy it is, and how it doesn’t really have much to do with the book; the end of the book involves a carousel, granted, but I never imagined it to be at all like this. I do like some of the redesigns, though, especially the more simplistic ones:
The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han
Like The Raven Cycle, I think my biggest problem is with all the white space. That, and how there are people on the cover – the poses and facial expressions look so awkward and forced. I also have a problem with how the cover for We’ll Always Have Summer depicts our protagonist in a field – the books orbit the beach! She never even mentions a field! I really don’t like when covers stray away from the actual story.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I’m currently rereading this book, and doing so reminded me just how awful I think the cover is. I mean, the green and yellow tones are just horrible. Also, the focal point of the cover is a shirtless man, a quote on his chest reading “Funny, dark, and sexy…” – I fear that if I read this in public, people would think I’m reading something kinky! Likewise, said quote isn’t even centred, and that just irks me.
The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
I haven’t kept secret the hate I harbour for these covers. I just don’t get them! Why is it an eye? Why only one eye? Why are they seasonal? The seasons aren’t even mentioned!
I don’t know…I guess I just don’t like how random they are. It’s funny – most fans of Shatter Me adore the covers. Guess I’m an anomaly!
Thank you for reading!
Which book cover do you hate? Any of my choices? Do you disagree with any of my choices?
Tell me in the comments!