Tag Tuesday: the Could Do Better Book Tag

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!

Ally xx

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14 thoughts on “Tag Tuesday: the Could Do Better Book Tag

  1. So glad you did this! The differently sized letters in the first one are truly an abomination. She’s Too Pretty to Burn is a PERFECT choice for that question. And Kink is serving nothing, but the pink is a silver lining.

    Loved reading your answers!

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  2. That’s the copy of Never Let Me Go that I own too and I don’t hate it but you are so right about the early 2000s vibe! The Serpent & Dove is 100% trying too hard. Your takes are all bang on!!! This is such a fun tag, I think I’m going to consider myself tagged and go for it!

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  3. I’m torn because while I’m not sure if I like it or not, the book with the differently sized letters is one I would be tempted to pick up because of the cover 🙈 As for book club picks, I tend to steer clear of them BECAUSE they are book club picks. Which makes no sense, really. Particularly Reese’s Book Club


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