{Top Ten Tuesday} Question-Raising Book Covers

Posted January 28, 2020 by Leah in Memes & Features, Top 10 Tuesday / 24 Comments

Happy Tuesday everyone! TTT is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

You know I love my beautiful book covers. I have written several posts here highlighting some of my favorites and how I’ve been suckered into buying a book for the cover alone. The struggle is real to keep that from happening now. But with the good, comes the questionable. This Top Ten post focuses on the covers I think are the more bizarre, what-is-going-on-here? variety.

A few disclaimers: All of these opinions are my own. Most of the time, authors do not have creative control over their covers.  Some of these might be considered a little risque as well–another disclaimer will be posted for the covers I use for that part.

Enjoy!

Lovely War by Julie Barry

I like the premise of the book very much. The cover…leaves little for me to desire. I don’t like the way the girl’s face is cut off or the soldier perched on her shoulder like a parrot.

As Many Nows As I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl

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I think the color schemes for this cover are great. However, the juxtaposition of the boy and girl’s faces, separated by the road, I’m not a fan of.

Sisters by Daisy Johnson

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There’s something truly disturbing about this woman’s image being cut up and reassembled the way it has. *adds to To Read list immediately*

Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer

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This is a symphonic, technicolor blast of psychedelic wonder is there ever was one. What is going on?

Who Stole the Hazelnuts? by Marcus Pfister

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I don’t know about you, but this cover illustration makes me want to run away from this picture book. Why does this squirrel’s ear have what looks like a hand growing out of it? Why does this squirrel’s paw look like a slightly human hand, a la Cats?! I have so many questions but I’m scared of the answers.

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

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I saw this in a bookstore when I was a kid and thought this was really scary. What’s with the face? Now I kind of want to read it for the campy cover, although the reviews for the contents say this is pretty scary.

Summerwood and Winterwood by E.I. Chen

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I don’t know which is more strange, the screaming, floating, bleeding stag head on the left, or the floating disembodied head on the right.

 

Risque covers ahead! PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

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Gray Hawk’s Lady by Karen Kay

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Ah, bodice rippers back in the day were all about the hunky shirtless guy and the demure woman usually in a flowy gown. Although, now that I think about it, that still happens. Hm…

Beneath a Midnight Moon by Madeline Baker

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I felt so grown up when, as a fifteen year old, I bought a money order (props to you if you remember those) and ordered this from the publisher because the plot sounded cool. I was not expecting this cover with its scantily clad cover models. I don’t think I could have purchased this at a bookstore. I put a book cover on this and would sneak it to school to read.

 

What are some book covers that made you ask questions?  

Leah
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24 responses to “{Top Ten Tuesday} Question-Raising Book Covers

  1. ‘Lovely war’ looks kind of lovely, I hasn’t notice the soldier when I saw this cover in a youtube video, so now it doesn’t look as lovely.

    ‘As many nows as I can get’ does have such a wonderful color palette, I don’t mind the road though I have not noticed it before.

    I don’t read picture books but that one with the rabbit is a bit scary looking.

    That ‘swan song’ cover is creepy, I definitely would run away if I see this cover.

    That ‘gray hawk’s lady’ cover makes me laugh. I think there’s a joke here that needs to be told.

    Have a lovely day.

    • Leah

      Oh I’m personally cringing about those romance covers. I ran across from more that I could have used for the list but we would be here all day.

    • Leah

      There is something weird about the way the covers models are proportioned.

      I have no idea what’s going on with the Sisters cover.

    • Leah

      Isn’t it just freaky? But I’m curious about the synopsis so I’m going to read it eventually. 😁 Gotta have those risque covers here!

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