Top Five Worst Book Covers ft. me lovingly defending amazing books that are beautiful on the inside

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I feel so pleased with this week’s Top Five Tuesday with Bionic Book Worm because I finally get to defend my poor books who have terrible covers but are actually amazing and deserve love.

bad book covers are tragic and unjust and saddening.

Imagine how many books I’ve passed up because they look bad???

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Heroes for Ghosts by Jackie North // OH GOD. My love for this book is so strong and true, and it’s HEARTBREAKING that the cover looks so cheesy. Because this book is magical.

It’s 1916 in Ornes, France, and Stanley, the purest and sweetest 19 yo American Doughboy who ever was, is a soldier in the Battle of Ornes.

His friends have just been killed and they need to get a message across the battle field for retreat.

He has nothing to lose, his heart is already broken because his poor friends are dead,Β  so he volunteers for what’s inevitably a suicide mission.

200 lives are at stake. Stanley darts into the fray to meet his fate, just as mustard gas is thrown directly over him.

Then he wakes up in the same field, but it’s suddenly modern day.

As he scrambles to collect himself, he literally trips over Devon, a WW1 geek writing a college thesis on the Battle of Ornes.

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my fancast, for Stanley, because he’s just too much and he’s adorable

and they are soul mates and their relationship makes me cry.

But whenever Stanley falls asleep he wakes up again on the battle field, relives his mission, dies, and then he’s with Devon again. What does he have to do to stay with Devon forever???

This is the cutest love story, mostly because Stanley is the cutest character I’ve ever known.

  • When Stanley is taken to Devon’s place, he sees fresh oranges in the kitchen. It’s like Christmas and his birthday at once but he thinks it’s impolite to ask for one
  • so he says,
  • “maybe if I don’t cause Devon too much trouble, he might offer me an orange of my ~very~ own.”
  • Kissing shocks him because “oh gosh, our mothers have CERTAINLY never met.”
  • fellows cannot have relations without their mothers meeting!
  • so innocent!!!
  • I wanted to shelter him from this cruel world.

In sum, read this book for Stanley because he deserves to be loved.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness // I wasn’t a big fan of this book, but it’s way better than this horrible cover makes it out to be. Todd’s relationship with his talking dog!!!! BADASS VIOLA WHO SHOCKS ME WITH HER GRYFFINDOR BRAVERY.

The prose is very unique, stark, childlike, and cruel.

I just wish the plot was MORE.

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foxhole court

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic // I know what you’re thinking, “BUT WHAT????THIS IS YOU’RE FAVORITE BOOK EVER WHAT ON EARTH?????”

But I’m a rational person and despite my extreme bias, i know this cover is maybe kind of a little bit less than perfect.

that was so hard to write. D’:

But this story is SO RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING and the cover is travesty, I promise after you read the series you’ll say “oh my, that cover is so devastatingly gorgeous. i want it tattooed on my body”

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Bear, Otter, & the Kid by TJ Klune //The title and cover of this book do not show how FLUFFY and LOVABLE it actually is!!!! It’s a contemporary love story about a teenage boy who is left to raise his little brother on his own when his mom bails.

The brother dynamic reminded me so much of Sam and Dean Winchester from Supernatural c:

Bear is precious and hilarious, he overthinks EVERYTHING and I relate to him so much.

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In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish // I cannot imagine who decided naked torsos surely draw readers in, because I personally always think “BARE SKIN???? surely this is going to be a cheap romance with no emotional substance.”

But this was not the case, it was actually a sweet and dramatic story with a complex MC.

Daniel is a 20ish yo literature professor who loves The Secret History and tattoos. He grew up in a slummy neighborhood with an abusive family and he doesn’t understand the concept of *trust* whatsoever,


Daniel’s voice in this book was perfect, I would read an entire book with him just ranting. And the banter with his best friend, Ginger!!!!! ~she’s the love of my life~ c:

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Have you ever loved a book despite its ugly cover?

Have you ever had a moment when the cover was just too much and there was no looking past it? this is a judgement free zone c:

Do you think you might love Stanley?


53 thoughts on “Top Five Worst Book Covers ft. me lovingly defending amazing books that are beautiful on the inside

  1. Winged Cynic says:

    Haha there are so many great books out there that weren’t done justice! Like, I know you love Foxhole Court, but the cover is so lacking! Too simple I guess? And even The Raven Cycle; It depends on taste, yes, but I’m really not a fan of white covers with minimalistic designs in general. But of course, these are just my opinions haha. πŸ˜›

    Great idea for a post! I completely agree with all of your picks! ❀

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      so truueeeee, I need something more than a paw print, I need Neil Josten’s gorgeous face on the cover c: TUMBLR HAS FOUND THE PERFECT NEIL OH GOSH, IT HURTS. it’s a model named Jake Cooper and if he were on the covers i think the world would be happier and better c:
      And omg the raven cycle!!!! I have the first two books w the American editions, and the last two from the Book Depository, and nothing matches, it was devastating

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  2. Norrie says:

    Oddly enough, i quite like the cover on the knife of never letting go πŸ˜‚
    Kinda agree on the rest tho. To me those covers don’t look “professional” enough, so i would think the content will be the same and not very well done.
    The one with the foot print is actually ok, i mean it looks nicely done, it just doesn’t look like it’s my style of book.

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      Norrie same!!! Sometimes the more I look at a *bad* cover, it becomes endearingly cheesy, or just really cute c:
      and that’s a perfect way to describe it!!!
      professional is so important w covers, to let us know it’s quality content, ++ Foxhole Court deserves a new cover, I need to go to NOra Sakavic’s tumblr and make my demands XD

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  3. Birdie says:

    What the crap, so many good books! I actually didn’t do this week’s Top 5 Tuesday, but only because I already did something very similar not too long ago and I found I was just resaying the same things. Guess what was on that list, Bear Otter and the Kid! That cover held me back from reading TJ Klune for so long! (Though now I feel terrible because TJ loves that cover. It was his first book so it’s really special to him. He says he has it blown up and framed in his house.)

    Also, In the Middle of Somewhere was so good! But, you’re so right, naked torso’s ALWAYS turn me off.

    Finally, I can’t wait to go check out Heroes for Ghosts because that seriously sounds awesome!

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  4. Chana @ Paper Procrastinators says:

    I am super super guilty when it comes to not reading a book just because of its cover. I know there’s the whole “Don’t judge a book…” thing, but I am a simple being who is attracted to pretty things. I am definitely going to check out The Bear the Otter and the Kid though, you may have convinced me to put some of my cover prejudices aside.

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  5. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    I’m sure these are all great books Malanie, you certainly seem passionate enough about them! The only one I’ve actually read is The Knife of Never Letting Go and yeah the cover never really attracted my eye either. The only reason I eventually picked this book up is because I’d heard great things about Patrick Ness through blogging, and I’m glad I did because I actually ended up loving it. Also I’ve heard so many amazing things about The Foxhole Court, so yeah even though I haven’t read it I feel like I know for a fact it’s better than the cover is. πŸ˜€
    Great post, and great picks for this topic too. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      awwwww tysm Bethhh!!! c: slkdjflksj i’m going to die of joy if you read foxhole court, you’d adore it sm and then we could fangirl over Andrew Minyard’s gorgeous angsty soul c:
      also same w Patrick Ness! I *sadly* might have passed bc the cover, but it was a buddy read so I had to not give up, and it turned out so cute, Todd was a smol brave little toaster XD

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  6. Destiny @ Howling Libraries says:

    Lmaooo I love this list. I swear that The Foxhole Court has one of the ugliest covers I’ve ever seen, but I REALLY want to read it ASAP. On another note, I’ve been getting into adult contemporary romance more lately, and I swear, almost all of my favorite books in that genre have such ugly damn covers. -_-

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      the foxhole court desrves a new cover sm, as a fan it’s now my duty to convince teh author to change it up xD also I just looked up the Fire’s Stone and lkjlksjdf that really is a bad cover!!!!! I really need to be in the publishing business, someone needs to put a stop to this

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  7. Indiana Whiteman says:

    I’ve been so put off by the cover of Foxhole Court but I finally bought a copy the other day after seeing it on every blog ever. Hopefully it lives up to the hype! I will definitely be reading Heroes for Ghosts, it sounds so good, thanks for the recommendation!!

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  8. Rebecca Alasdair says:

    THE FOXHOLE COURT IS THE BEST!! If Nora asked I’m sure she’d have 230957934759 people offering to re-designed the covers for free, but as you suggested once you’ve read the series (I mean, WOW) you realise there’s actually something awesome about their simplicity and relation to the series.

    Also, I’m pretty sure the Bear/Otter/Kid books have had a cover makeover recently and they are WAY less creepy…

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      OH MY GOSH, Rebecca I was thinking the same thing!!! someone needs to convince Nora to let someone redesign them, Tumblr already has so many amazing alternative covers c:
      but then they do kind of grow on my smol feelings, bc that’s what’s on the stadium + their jerseys and lkjsflksjdflksj ANDREW IS WEARING IT ON HIS JERSEY AND I’M SOBBING.
      now i need to go find the new cover for bear otter and kid, the first editions are SO CREEPY

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  9. Carolina @fictionologyst says:

    Haha not a chance! I won’t pick up books with bad cover. Even if my friends shoving them to my face and told me it was amazing! I.JUST.CAN’T 😭

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