Top 5 Wednesday is held hosted by mods Lainey and Samantha over on goodreads 🙂
The Topic this week: Inaccurate Book Covers (Those books that have nothing to do with the story, or the cover model doesn’t look anything like the actual main character, or it’s a really cheesy cover for a great read!)
Great to be back doing a t5w after I didn’t do mine last week :).
I always think covers are so important and even though I shouldn’t, sometimes it’s very easy to judge a book by it’s cover (CLICHE ALERT). I can’t deny that I often choose a book because I like the cover. However, there are a few books I can think of where I haven’t really liked the cover for a number of reasons but have gone on to read the book and really enjoyed it, sometimes way more than I expected. So, here are the five books I chose that have covers that confuddled me.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Urgh. I really, really dislike this cover and I always have. No matter how much I’ve loved reading Anna numerous times, I don’t like the cover at all. As I own the hardcover, I’ve always taken the jacket off when I’ve read it haha. I’m just not a fan of these fake, prissy, badly modelled, cheesy covers. Not for me. The Lola cover is just as bad!
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
It’s a horrible shade of green, the text is boring and the only other thing it features is two weird lines that vaguely represent grasshopper antennas and the outline of a lady’s privates, or at least that’s what it looks like to me. It’s a shame because this is actually a really enjoyable book! I’m pretty glad I wasn’t put off enough by this bleugh cover and read it, but really, it needs a new cover!
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Alright, so this is the only Picoult book I’ve read and I do remember really enjoying it when I read it, probably about 10 or so years ago now. I’ve never liked the cover, I don’t think there’s ever been a Picoult book cover I’ve seen and thought, ooo that looks good! I find this look of a book cover incredibly boring. And with this one, I just don’t think it connects to what the book is about.
Joel and Cat Set The Story Straight by Nick Earls and Rebecca Sparrow
This is a book I really enjoyed reading in high school. I remember borrowing it from the school library, even though I wasn’t very keen on the cover. It’s just one of those badly designed covers that just don’t look good. Though it might be okay if the speech bubble with the weird text at the top just disappeared forever.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I might be a small minority here, but I never liked this cover. When it was revealed, I remember so many people being so excited but I was not impressed. I don’t like the outlines of the faces and how they’ve been coloured in with weird marker looking stuff, I don’t like the Carry On title or how it’s on top of that weird black blob of a castle. The only thing I do like is how Rowell’s name is set out. Otherwise, this cover doesn’t show how good the story inside is in any way. It could’ve been so much better!
What do you think of my tw5? Do you agree or disagree with any of them? 🙂