27/05/2014

* Top Ten Tuesday * Never Judge a Book By Its Cover?


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, where we get to reveal our top ten of whatever they chose as the weekly topic! Click here for a list of future topics.

I've been thinking a lot about covers recently. It's no secret I'm a cover junkie; I'll search tirelessly for the best cover before buying a book, and whenever I get a gorgeous cover I Instagram the heck out of it and beginning stroking it insanely (I'm not ashamed. Some covers demand to be stroked, dammit!).

But then there are covers that, despite all my searches for alternatives, are plain bad. Covers that make me hold the book low when I'm reading, so people can't see them. Or, if it's a hardback, make me take off the cover entirely and rock the bare-back (that sounded less filthy in my mind, honest)

I know it's bad to judge a book by its cover but, you guys, I CAN'T HELP IT. So for this week's TTT, I've decided to put together a list of the top ten Covers I Judge.




You can probably see a theme emerging here, in that I really (really) don't like a bunch of faces on my covers. Or people kissing. I JUST DON'T LIKE HUMAN BEINGS ON MY BOOKS, GUYS (^.^). 

I much prefer more artsy, abstract covers and I think YA is often subject to too many big and shiny faces on their covers. Or feet. YA likes feet.

Any covers you guys hide while you're on the tube?


 



Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart. Stalk her on twitter, instagram or goodreads.



37 comments:

  1. Incarnate looks like a really great read! I'll have to try and get hold of it :) great list!

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    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

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    1. Everyone is obsessed with that series. I'll admit though - I found it a bit 'eh' (very eloquently put, I know)

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  2. Aww, it's a shame you don't like the cover from Gallagher Girls, it's a great series! The UK editions are a little better, still got people on them, but they just look cleaner and crisper and much more fitting to the storyline as a whole, although I do admit I'm picky on face covers myself, so great topic! :)

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    1. I don't like the Gallagher covers either. When I first saw them in my library, I went what trashy mess is this? Sassy posed bodies with heads cut off. But it he books really aren't that bad.

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    2. I've only ever read the first book and it was SO long ago. I can't remember why I didn't continue with the series, actually. Hmmm . . . maybe the covers put me off? ;)

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  3. Haha! Nice topic! I have to admit that if I am reading a book with a rather kissy cover, I pull out my hide-a-cover cover. The one that says this is not a trashy vampire romance novel. And it's not, of course! ;) The cover just makes it look that way!

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    1. You have a 'hide a cover' cover? I MUST GET ME ONE OF THOSE. Maybe a Stephen King novel cover or something lol

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  4. I'm not a fan of most of those covers either. They're something I would just walk right by.

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    1. Exactly! And it's a shame because the books are good – I hate it when the covers don't live up to the content

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  5. Your post for this was hilarious - bareback?!?! I quite like number 9 though, but the rest of them I'll agree with, some of them are very "13-year-old girl" looking. Must try harder...

    My TTT: http://confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/top-ten-tuesday-remembering-alfie/

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    1. LOL. I think I may have been on a sugar-high.

      I have been called out about my lack of love for that cover. Sirri over @ Little Pieces of Imagination thinks I'm a bit of a weirdo for hating it :P

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  6. *rolls up sleeves*

    Cover designs, my love. The entire Gallagher Girls series really needs a major revision. It's a good series, but the covers make me not want to pick it up. I've heard good things about Incarnate, but that cover makes me cringe. It doesn't work for me. A cover of a girl's face with butterfly over her face? Nahhhh.

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    1. That's what I said! It just looks weird with this huge butterfly on her face. I know there was a scene in the book where there was a masquerade, so I'm wondering if it's her mask from that. But still . . . like, I don't even get why that would need to be on the cover, because you'd have to read the book first to even guess that.

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  7. Lol funny topic. You don't like feet on your covers? Feet aren't so bad for me.

    I don't like reading romance books in public. Two people in the throws of passion. She's burying his head in her neck or breasts. I'm reading trash, but I don't want people to KNOW I'm reading trash. I read one while monitoring testing at school, and I held up paper in front of it so the kids wouldn't know. When my principal asked what I was reading, he just laughed.

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    1. If the book was about the life of two feet; a true story about a pair desperate to be individuals, then I suppose I wouldn't mind feet. Because then it'd be relevant. But most stories aren't about feet, so I kind of don't get the point of a pair of converse and some high heels on the cover of a book I'm reading :P

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  8. I'm with you, too many YA covers look like they're trying to be a magazine cover! I prefer cool fonts with illustrations or graphics!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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    1. Definitely! Much more eye-catching and stuff like that gives a better 'feel' of the book than shiny faces do

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  9. Faces! I hate covers with people on them. I'm with you all the way. Give me an artsy flair and interesting fonts! Daughter of Smoke and Bone US edition is darn embarrassing. It totally downsells the book.

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    1. That's what's most annoying - when the cover completely ruins the awesome of the book. I hate the thought that a great book won't be read by some people because the covers are so cringey

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  10. I don't really like having real people on my covers either...Romance books are big on this because they want hot males to attract women, but honestly, the covers put me off. haha

    -Lauren

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    1. Oh, those romance books that just have a shirtless dude on the cover too! WHAT IS UP WITH THOSE? I refuse to read them on principle, because those covers are just bad and there is no excuse lol

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  11. I don't like cheesy covers. And I also don't like faces (I prefer to imagine them myself thankyouverymuch) buuuut there ARE exceptions. I love the Gallagher Girls UK/AUS versions of the covers the best. And I don't mind The Duff! But She's So Money? Whaaaat. Plus "Giving Up the V" sounds like an awful book altogether. Honestly, I'm cringing at it all. Unbreak my Heart just looks like an awful photoshop job. So yup. Agreeing with you here.
    Cover judging FTW.

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    1. That's actually a great point; faces on the cover ruin the perception of the characters. It's nice to have your own image of them and that gets ruined if they're on the cover. Oh and ESPECIALLY if the person on the cover actually looks nothing like the description in the book lol. I've never understood that!

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    2. In For Darkness Shows the Stars, the heroine is described as having brown skin. On the cover, there's a pale, pasty girl. Only a couple of people apparently noticed the glaring mistake to put it in their review.

      I don't think I've ever come across anything that blatant. And I didn't finish that book either.

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  12. Hahaha that cover for She's So Money is totally hilarious, look how tacky it is! I don't meant to single that one out, but I know what you mean. Great discussion, Allie!

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    1. It's awful. And also . . . what does it have to do with the plot? It kind of looks as though she's at a rave or something lol. God knows what the cover artists were thinking!

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  13. I don't like super cheesy covers that show couples kissing, those are my least favourite. I also don't really love faces on my covers but have a few that I do like. There always seems to be an exception to the rule. But I agree with all the covers you picked, I don't like any of them myself.

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    1. The kissing covers are tackiest IMO. They just trivialise the whole story by making it seem as though it's just a book about smoochies and sex and no real content

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  14. I SO JUDGE BOOKS BY THE COVER FIRST! And I don't like faces either! I had a lot of pressure to put people on the front of my book because it's YA, but I wouldn't. And I'm so glad I didn't! My cover is yummy, unique, and AMAZING! Without faces.

    This. This is why I love you.

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    1. I'm SO glad you didn't go with those covers! I remember you posting a bunch of the options and some of them had faces on and I was just thinking 'No, Katie. DON'T DO IT!' When you went for the textbook-esque one I was so happy because it's drool-worthy

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  15. I do judge a by it's cover sometimes. Just like you, I hate faces on the cover. But you know what, there is an exception, chessy cover has an amazing story line. I recently read The Reece Malcom List by Amy Spalding, it has the worst pink'ish cover but i loved the story. I do agree with all the covers you picked.

    -Ini @ Ini's Ravishing Reads

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    1. I really like some of the books on my list, but the covers just let them down entirely. It's a shame actually, because if the covers were better then more people would read the books!

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  16. I hate having real people on the cover, too! I also think The Program cover is terrible, and I absolutely adore that book!
    Seriously, though, I was reading I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd have to Kill You, and someone commented on it and a whole group of people turned to listen in. I just about died. I wanted to scream, "this book isn't as bad as it looks! I swear all the books I read don't look like this!!!!!"

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    1. The Program cover totally ruined things for me too! The book was so awesome and . . . ahhh I just don't get why they'd have THAT as the cover. I swear when the book was first in progress there was a really cool cover with a yellow pill. Not sure why they didn't go ahead with that!

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  17. I don't like kissy covers, either! Or people covers, really. I love romance but the cover doesn't need to sell the romance. I guess if that's the ONLY thing going on in the story, they don't know what else to use, but they could be more creative! But apparently it works for some people? Sigh.

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    1. That's my thought exactly! Just because it's a romance, it needs people groping each other on the cover? So unoriginal and completely demeans the story!

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  18. omg those are the sort of covers that would never grab my attention. I also hate Katie Mcgarry's covers because they have people on them and I just think that makes them so forgettable

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