10 Underwhelming Book Covers

Hi Blisses,

I know I don’t have the right to criticize my fellow writers’ books or artists’ works but sometimes I really wish I can change something about the books I’m reading. Don’t you? Most of the times, it’s the part of the plot, a scene or something that a character did or did not. But sometimes, it’s simply the cover.

This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl, is “Cover Redesigns I hated/Loved” but being the rebel that I am, I changed it a bit. And now I present to you 10 book covers I really find underwhelming and could’ve done better.


1.) A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

This book is what made me fall in love with YA Contemporary again but I can’t ignore the fact that I find the cover bland and messy, and really, they could do better than this.

2.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Seriously, I frown whenever I see this cover. I don’t appreciate it.

3.) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Just because… lol.

4.) It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Everybody loves boobs. hehe. But really, they have to give it to us this way? Too close up.

5.) Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

There’s nothing wrong with this cover except if you know the story of Archer. It’s too deep and even emotional, I was expecting a cover that’s more meaningful than a guy’s bare back.

6.) Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

Just in case it’s not clear, this is a Historical Romance. The cover is, I think, the picture of Westmoreland, the setting and the series name of this book. I don’t like it. When it comes to Historical Romance, I think we just have to stick on ladies in dresses clinging on a guy, usually an almost naked guy. They’re not my favorite, but compared to THIS cover, I prefer those.

7.) Pet Sematary by Stephen King

I’m currently reading this book and so far, I’m liking it. I think it’s very dark but this cover? I don’t know if it’s trying to be scary or funny.

8.) The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

I’m into minimalist designs and having read the book, I can say this cover makes sense but still I don’t like it. It’s simply underwhelming.

9.) The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

I read the book last month and I thought it was ok. The trailer for the new TV show adaptation is also good. But this cover!!! In my eyes, it looks like two separate images from google, that of a girl and a bear, and then someone edited them by putting them together. It’s just a little lacking especially for a well-known book.

10.) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This book was very well-crafted and I think the plot is overall brilliant though it has one part that I didn’t like. I despised that part so much that I gave this book a 3.5 stars instead of 5. But let’s talk about the cover. This cover might work on hardbound copies -a bit- but that’s it. Let’s be real, the design are just bunch of lines and meager shapes. It reminds me of geometry. haha. Sorry.


There you have it guys – ten books I find underwhelming. They’re not necessarily ugly or the worst covers but I just think they could still be better.

What do you think of these covers? Let’s chat.

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22 thoughts on “10 Underwhelming Book Covers

  1. Holly says:

    Love the twist you gave to this list! I 100% agree with your choices. I’ve always felt that way about that Great Gatsby cover–I own that edition because it was the one assigned to us in school, and it’s just so weird haha

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    • lilisblissfulpages says:

      I’m just about to post my not-so-proper review of Pet Cemetary and I rated it five stars despite its flaws. I really liked it. I mean compared to the ones from Stephen King I’ve read so far (including the one we buddyread), Pet Cemetary is my favorite. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

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    • lilisblissfulpages says:

      I think it will work for books for younger audiences, like childrens but of course with the guy not screaming. Or maybe in illustrated books. I saw illustrated books before with covers designed like it.

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  2. Marti (Bookish Treats) says:

    I agree with you about everything! A Very Large Expanse of Sea looks so confusing. I had that edition of The Great Gatsby and had to get rid of it because I didn’t like it at all. And don’t even get me started on the Vampire Academy covers… So bad!

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    • lilisblissfulpages says:

      Right? AVLEoS looks confusing and really underwhelming. Doesn’t look like Art for me. Lol, I sold my copy of Great Gatsby book to other students. that time I don’t get rid of fiction books but like you, I didn’t like it at all, I couldn’t look at it. And I regret buying the VA editions with this cover, I think there are other editions with better covers.

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  3. Laura says:

    I am definitely cringing at that one with the boobs on the cover. I too always find myself judging book covers a lot more than I probably should. Though that might be all the studying of graphic design that I did in school coming out. But seriously you are right, for a lot of covers, there are so much more that could have been done

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