Top 5 Wednesday: Ugly Book Covers!

Top 5 Wednesday was set up by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. Every week you have a new topic and you pick your top 5 choices for each topic. This is done in Vlogs, but I think it will be great for Bloggers to do as well. Today's topic is Top 5 Ugly Book Covers. The shame is that most book covers published in America are gorgeous, but then the UK publishers change them for other here and they suck!

For this T5W I will be using books I own, so that it's fair.

Anyway, here are my Top 5 Ugly Book Covers.

FIFTH PLACE: 50 Shades of Grey by EL James.

I met EL James back in July at The Book of Life publication event in London and she was super lovely, so open and welcome. The covers do represent the books, which I have read and somewhat enjoyed, but they're not interesting. It's a tie with a grey background, so fancy, not! These covers even started a trend in publishers using covers like this for other books for them to boost sales, but they just do not work. These aren't the worst covers ever, but they're not the best.

FOURTH PLACE: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

Okay, so this is technically me cheating since I don't own this book, but I must include it because these covers are so so so bad! The whole face thing is normally an American trend, so I have no idea why they followed it, but these covers are a mess! Her face is light white (By light I mean actual photo editing light effects, so poorly done.) and what is with the font? It's terrible. These are books I'd rather own on Kindle or iBooks, so that I won't have the covers on my shelf. Hideous.

THIRD PLACE: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen.

Shoot me. Literally. These covers are some of the worst in the Young Adult genre. The US editions are pretty nice, simple, but they wor
k. These covers look like the book is aimed for a Barbie obsessed eight year old. Not cool! There are so many cool things they could've done for the cover, but they went with cartoonised objects made to look like a dress. Were the designers high? because it looks like they were to me. The shameful thing is that I own this edition on my shelf, good thing is that it'd hidden. However, the content inside is really good, it's just a pity about the lame-ass cover!

SECOND PLACE: Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Okay. The US publishers had everything right all the way down to the smallest details and then the UK publishers come along and mess with everything. They took away the bright colours and bold cover and replace it with something that doesn't even look decent. The model in the cover looks completely awkward and all she is doing is sitting down and the birds? The birds are too big. But it's not just that, the awesome font has been replaced with something less grand and the color is murky. The book sold well, but it would've sold so much better if we had the US cover. It's basically the story of The Ugly Duckling...expect this ugly duckling stays ugly.

FIRST PLACE: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

WHAT. THE. HELL?! What even are these? These are worse than the first editions published in the UK. I understand that these are the new rebel editions, but nothing in them works. I'm happy slating these because the books are terrible and the covers match what I feel. The color is all off and the font (which looked decent on Mockingjay) is terrible. It's too big and too much and just a mess. They would've been better just sticking to the nice plain editions with the black background and the pin in different colors. Would I say these are the worst edition ever? Yes. A very big, fat yes! I feel sorry to the people who have them on their bookcase because if I had these then they'd be locked up in a wardrobe so no one could see them. Period. you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let me know and tell me what your top 5 ugly book covers are.


  1. OMG what the hell are those HG covers...

    1. I know, so terrible. I feel like they won't sell well because they're not very appealing. Simple was best in their case.

  2. I actually really liked The Hunger Games series, but them covers are far too bright. The mess is pretty good, because the whole trilogy is a mess, but bright colours? I get it's eye-catching in a bookstore, but, really? It's not a representation of what the book is at all, there's nothing bright and happy about them books. At all.