Hello, friends and fellow book lovers! It has been a hot minute and a half since I did a book tag. I stopped doing them for a while because they felt repetitive and I was talking about the same 20 books in every tag.
BUT Marija tagged me to do the most perfect book tag, the Could Do Better Book Tag, created by CJ Reads over on booktube. It’s all about book covers and judging them, my two favourite things. So thank you, Marija, for tagging me!
Say It Don’t Spray It: cover with the most offensive use of type
Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar. I’m sorry, I know nothing about this book, but the kerning? the differently sized letters? It’s bad, I’m sorry.
She’s serving Reese’s Bookclub: cover with the most commercial book club energy
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker. Okay maybe this is cheating because it literally is a Reese’s Book Club pick, but I didn’t know that when I picked it and I think that says something.
Yes girl, give us nothing!: cover with seemingly no energy put into it
Kink: Stories edited by R. O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell. I like the simplicity and the colours (pink!), but it’s literally text on a black background.
A face only a mother could love: cover that is so hideous, but the book is so good, you can’t help but keep it around
Okay “hideous” is a strong word, but this is what my copy of Never Let Me God by Kazuo Ishiguro looks like, and I hate it. It’s so early 2000s, and I’m not a fan of the colours. But the book is so good that I don’t mind.
Take one thing off before leaving the house: cover that could use one less element
She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard. I have actually been wanting to talk about this book cover for a while. Listen, it’s one of my favourite book covers recently. The colours and overall aesthetic are so pretty. But it’s got a lot going on. I would remove the random splotches in the background, the fire behind the word “burn”, and the random drawings above her head. It would just look so much cleaner.
Hypebeast: cover that is clearly going for all the trends at the same time
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. You didn’t think we could talk about book covers and NOT mention the YA book snake, did you?
I’m not going to tag anyone specific, but if you want to do this tag, please consider yourself tagged! Thanks again to Marija for tagging me!
What are some of your favourite/least favourite book covers? Do you agree with me on any of these? Are there any book covers you’d change? Let me know!