Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign


Now. Ever since I started this little bloggette back in deepest darkest Jan 2011 (and no, I am not linking to my first post…*shudder*), although I have dipped my toe in the water from time to time, I have never ever been a one for a meme. Although I know many bloggers are huge fans, it always felt a little too easy and I always seem to glaze over them on other sites, however well written they are.

That is before the marvellous, the infamous Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the lovely folk over at The Broke and the Bookish. Heaps of bloggers I know and respect join in and I always enjoy a quick peruse of the results. I thought it was therefore about time I stop being so antisocial and join in on the fun!

This month I will be exploring: Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign. A tough one to start off with…


1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I have never read Moyes’ ninth, incredibly popular novel despite the countless recommendations. Mainly because of the poor marketing in the cover, which makes it look chick-litty and that really isn’t my kind of thing.


2. Distant Thunder by T D Griggs – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this lilac haze does not reflect how entertaining this book really is.


3. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller – urgh grey, urgh rivets, urgh I’m so shallow.

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4. 13 rue Thérèse by Elena Shapiro – romantic, vintagey-style cover without, complete drivel within.


5. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck – No doubt I really need to read this classic. But I won’t be reading my Bantam Books copy, which is uugglly and distinctly uninspiring.

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6. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov – Although the Picador translation of this masterpiece is far superior to its Penguin cousin, the cover art is hilariously bad.


7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – I used to feel ashamed that I had never read this classic. Looking at this I just feel bored.


8. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell – oh universe, how should I know not to read this dreadful book if all I can see is a pretty Spirograph on the front?


9. Autobiography by Morrissey – Hate Morrissey. Hate his face. Hate this cover. The fact that this has immediately reached the echelons of a Penguin Classic disgusts me. Urgh. Look how smug he looks!


10. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – We’ve all seen this one and the fact that I recently read Path’s classic makes this cover all the more ridiculous. Sexist, fluffy and simply rubbish.

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

  1. As someone whose novel featured on website devoted to bad covers, I feel I have a foot in both camps. But what a wonderfully written post, made me smile on a lazy Saturday morning in bed. Reading, of course.


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