Top Ten Tuesday- Redesign

The Broke and the Bookish are asking us this week to list ten books that need their covers revamped.

1. Any movie cover- I abhor movie covers. They cheapen the story by making the novel a marketing tool.

2. The Song is You by Arthur Phillips- The cover makes the story seem melodramatic and YA-ish.

3. The covers of most classics- They do absolutely nothing for the books besides making them appear more boring than the general public already thinks they are.

4. In One Person by John Irving- Are you kidding me with the bra? This isn't some trashy romance novel, it's John-freaking-Irving! 

5. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld- Again, another story trivialized an overly sentimental cover.

6. Away by Amy Bloom- I actually wasn't a huge fan of the book itself, but the still-life cover was just icing on the cake. So boring and muted.

7. Bossypants by Tina Fey- I hate the arms, I really do.

8. Any cover where the author's name is bigger than the title: Stop relying on your reputation to sell your books, you egomaniac. 

9. Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende- Something about the tattoo and the soft colors are way to melodramatic for me.

10. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling- I'm not a fan of the book, but I thought the cover was very lackluster as well (perhaps appropriate, though).


  1. The arm in Bossypants is really weird! Great choices.

  2. I really don't understand why they do that to the classics. There is already a negative stereotype surrounding "classics" in general as being boring, A dreary cover simply puts the nail in the coffin.
    Also, I completely agree about the movie covers. Why can't the movies use the book cover image, if they have to share? I'm a total snob about books with movie covers. I refuse to buy them. I know it's probably silly since the text is the same, but I'm very affected by cover designs. In my opinion, movie images are simply obnoxious.

  3. Bossypants is a really bad cover. And I so agree about movie covers. The book came first. Don't cheapen it.
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  4. Agree with lots- especially Bossypants- just strange.

  5. I haven't read Maya's Notebook but I agree, the tattoo throws me off.

    I like the paperback cover for The Casual Vacancy, it's a lot more appealing that the hardback :)

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  6. Movie covers... blech.

  7. As for #3, I agree most classics covers do the books no favors, but I LOVE when they do reprints with better covers (some are awful, like the Twilight-ish ones and the ones that make them look like trashy romances, UGH). But some of my favorites are Penguin Threads and the Clothbound & Leatherbound classics series -- and the new Penguin Horror books that came out in time for Halloween are pretty cool too.

  8. I hate the classic covers that make the books look ridiculously boring, I made our library by in these amazing new reprints of about 100 classics, they look gorgeous! My TTT.

  9. I really hate those arms too!!

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  10. I hate movie covers and absolutely refuse to buy them. I even have a hard time being polite about receiving them as gifts, though I manage... :)

    And the John Irving one. Seriously.