Please tell me you thought of Shania Twain, even if you aren’t a country fan. I’m probably dating myself here.
“They” say never judge a book by it’s cover…
Yet I do it all the time. Rather than speaking of books that did not manage to impress me, I decided to cover (sorry, not sorry) books that left me underwhelmed, visually speaking. Occasionally good books get bad* covers.
The Bird Sisters // Rebecca Rasmussen. I really enjoyed this novel, but the cover never would’ve grabbed me. I read it on the recommendation of a fellow librarian.
Bag of Bones // Stephen King. See also: Any Stephen King novel.
Straight Man // Richard Russo. One of the best campus novels of all time simply has a duck on it. Truly, I understand why it was picked, it’s just so unappealing!
The Devil All the Time // Donald Ray Pollock. This is one of my favorite novels, but the cover is so lackluster – especially in comparison to Pollock’s new novel.
Euphoria // Lily King. I’m not sure of the general consensus, but I would’ve passed on the novel based on the cover alone.
The Marauders // Tom Cooper. Funnier than any post-Katrina novel should be, yet visually underwhelming.
Unholy Ghosts // Stacia Kane. I think it’s likely a genre thing, and I’m not fond of paranormal romance usually, but the book was solid, the cover art…less so.
Edge of Dark Water // Joe R. Lansdale. This is one of my favorite novels by Lansdale, along with Leather Maiden, and comparing the two covers reveals a stark contrast not in Edge of Dark Water’s favor.
The Night Sister // Jennifer McMahon. Just…meh.
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage // Alice Munro. The short stories are amazing. The cover is not.
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*Don’t get me wrong, yeah I think they’re alright.
8 thoughts on “That Don’t Impress Me Much…”
Definitely thought of Shania Twain… I haven’t read any of these books, but it’s rubbish when books let you down!
I have an earworm now….
I always notice bad covers on good books. The one that immediately pops to mind is Addition by Toni Jordan – a lovely little story with the schmaltziest covers you could imagine (because there were at least four different covers and all were bad).
Aaaaand now that song is stuck in my head. hahaha! And YES, I love your choice of topic! That’s a great idea. I’ve read a couple books that I loved that had such a bad cover. I’ve had the opposite happen to me a lot too: I pick up a book for the cover alone and am left underwhelmed. lol! I haven’t read any of these on your list yet.
Hope you have a great week!
hahaha Oh Shania. That Pollock cover really is terrible. I’m not sure I would have ever picked it up without a nudge.
I haven’t read any of these.. I think I’ll keep it that way!
Firmly in your Shania camp!
I’m a Shania-er! I agree on the Pollock covers, but I kind of like that Devil All the Time doesn’t follow a trend like so many others are doing over the past year.
Ahahaha, I love this post! I judge books by their covers so hard that somebody should stage an intervention — I think the last book I truly loved while hating the cover was Isabel Quintero’s “Gabi, a Girl in Pieces.” It was a tremendously sweet and great book, and I was glad some fellow bloggers pushed me to read it.