Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Truly Terrible Book Covers



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about book covers. When you spend as many hours on Goodreads as I do, you come across some . . . unusual . . . book design decisions. I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I question the eyes that slapped these covers together. Brace yourself, friends. Some of these covers will make you cringe.







Truly Terrible Book Covers








Beaten But Unconquered





Greetings Earthlings: My Name Is Appleton And I Come From The Planet Reginta





Amore A Prima Vista
(Love At First Sight)





Marked





Sarah Palin: Vampire Hunter





Streaking For Mother





The Best Dad Is A Good Lover





Topping Timothy





Up My Alley!: Gay Erotica





We Got Zombies On The Lawn Again, Ma: Ax Handel's Special Zombie Notebooks








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37 comments:

  1. Wow, these are the worst! This is a fun TTT topic though! Did it take long to find these covers?

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  2. Oh my goodness, who allowed these to be published?!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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  3. These are horrible. Topping Timothy looks like a Wrestler throwback and there are no words for Beaten by Unconquered and Up My Alley. However, I'd probably be curious enough to check out Sarah Palin Vampire Hunter.

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  4. Oh my god, you went all in on this post. Where did you find these?? Honestly, I worry about some of the people who thought these were okay.

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  5. OMG, I just keep going back to Beaten But Unconquered. It’s like a train wreck that I can’t look away from home. It’s Just. So. Bad. *sudders* I don’t even understand the cover of Love at First Sight. I mean, isn’t that the same guy? Is he in love with himself? I am confused.

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  6. Wow! Where did you find these?? These are terrible OMG. I cannot believe they exist. Fun post though!

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  7. I normally enjoy offbeat books - especially if they're indie or self-published - but I can't stop cringing at your list. The Best Dad Is a Good Lover especially weirded me out.

    I don't think I even want to know what that one was about. :O

    My TTT.

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  8. Oh my god...even many of the TITLES are bad!!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  9. Awesomely bad covers! Where did you find them all?

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  10. Oh my- now THIS is a list. Beaten but Unconquered- what even is that lol?

    Streaking for Mother??!? That's a real thing? Wait... Up My Alley too? Gahhh...

    We Got Zombies on the Lawn Again, Ma- that made me smile. :)

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  11. Oh god, I don't even know what to say about some of these--even the titles are terrible! Beaten but Unconquered is...definitely an odd cover choice, and The Best Dad is a Good Lover? Yikes.

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  12. First of all, how did you find these? And, not only are some of the covers questionable, so are some of the titles. Sarah Palin Vampire Hunter - hmmm

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  13. Wow... just... wow. If these are the covers, I'm scared to know what some of these books are about.

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  14. I love your take on today's topic but, oh boy, this is quite a list! Really makes you wonder who thought these covers were great ideas.

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  15. Oh wow there are true horrors here!!! Some of the titles are just as bad!!!

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  16. I think Beaten but Unconquered is probably the worst of these ten. But the book content on some of these look questionable too.

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  17. Oh my gosh. I can't unsee those now!!!

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  18. OMG AJ this feel like a horror museum!!! How could someone design and another choose these covers is beyond my understanding!

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  19. Up My Alley!! Omg, I snort-laughed at that one. And I actually feel like the Sarah Palin Vampire Hunter fits the campiness of that book, even if it is awful. Lol.

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  20. Is the Sarah Palin, Vampire Hunter a real book or a spoof. I think I'd like Abe Lincoln as my vampire hunter. Also, I knew Charlie Shedd (and I agree, that's a terrible book). He's been dead for a while, but he did a lot of presentations for High School students in the Presbyterian Church when I was in my teens. Interestingly, he also started the church I currently serve (back in 1977).

    www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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  21. These covers are so freaking awful. How could someone design these covers?! One should never judge a book by its cover, but I'd never pick any of those books due to the cover (and titles).

    Happy readings!
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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  22. There are no words, really. I mean, I am pretty sure that anyone with any knowledge of... well, anything really, could make a basic book cover on any free program. It might not be gorgeous but it wouldn't be THESE. Based on that incompetence alone, I can't imagine how any of these authors could string together a coherent sentence, let alone a novel. So YES I will judge all of these by their covers because come ON.

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  23. Oh god, how I laughed!! I really needed this this morning... How could anybody look at those and think, "Awesome! These will sell books!"

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  24. I may never stop laughing at the Sarah Palin one, haha!

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  25. Oh... my... god. I'm literally speechless? These are all so awful? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. But at the same time I want 0% of the answers BUT ALSO WHY. I'm concerned about who designed these haahaha

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  26. Oh my god, haha. I can't with some of these covers! How are they so terrible!?
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  27. I'm wheezing with laughter over here. These are terrifically awful.

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  28. WHAT THE WORLD?! Haha oh wow. I had no idea covers this bad existed.

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  29. Oh my goodness, how did you find these? These are so cringe. The titles don't help either.. XD thanks for sharing - this makes me much more confident in my graphic design abilities, lol.

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  30. I don't know if I can unsee any of this lol

    You took this weeks theme to a new level!!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  31. How did you find these? The titles and the cover are TERRIBLE. I did see a cover, I think on Tuesday, of Santa doing some VERY NAUGHTY things. I could never look at him and the Mrs. the same again.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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  32. HOW ON EARTH DID YOU COME ACROSS THESE? It's a shame that the Sarah Palin one is the best looking in the bunch.

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  33. These are terrible! Beaten But Unconquered is something else...who thought that cover was a good idea. I think that I am bothered more by the title of The Best Dad is a Good Lover than the actual cover. Thanks for sharing these!

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  34. Oh my god these are terrible, my eyes are suffering here, wow. I'm really glad I didn't come across these book covers in my book researches on Goodreads haha. Thank you for sharing though, despite being terrible they made me laugh more than once, too, haha! :D

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