This week, I couldn’t resist answering Rebecca at Lost In Book’s recent question from her wonderful Book List Meme about the best and worst book covers. (I usually freeze up for this meme and draw a blank, as if I’ve never read a book in my life. But for this question, I was able to review my books covers at LibraryThing to help me out.)
My Nominations for Best Book Covers
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
Oddly enough, Rebecca erroneously listed this as one of her worst book covers!!! Apparently, she and some hack named Ernest Hemingway thought this was an awful cover. What are they talking about? I’ve always loved this cover. I would buy this cover as a poster and hang it on my wall! So what do you think of this cover? Yay or nay? Please vote in the poll below.
I adore this cover. When I reading this book of essays (by the author of The Corrections), I kept going back and looking at it over and over again. Although some of the essays were pretty good, I think I enjoyed the cover more than I enjoyed the book.
You Suck Christopher Moore
This makes the cut for me because of the bright bold colors, the distinctive “Christopher Moore” font, and the fact that you can read this book and make the people around you wonder if you are sending them a subliminal message!
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer
This cover just grabbed me from the moment I saw it and wouldn’t let me go. As I read the story of Christopher McCandless, I kept coming back to this haunting photo of the bus where he died. And I think the excerpt combined with the photo draw you in to this book more effectively than any other book I’ve seen. Here is what the excerpt says:
In April 1992, a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter…
Tell me that doesn’t make you want to immediately pick up and read this book! It is a haunting, fascinating story, by the way. I highly recommend it.
My Nominations for Worst Book Covers
Lord of Chaos: Book 6 of the Wheel of Time Series Robert Jordan
I had a friend who begged and begged me to read this series for two years, but I always put her off because of the horrible cover art (and the insane length of each book). Finally, I caved and started the series. It was terrific! (My only beef is that when I started the series, Jordan was only up to Book 7 or something and I lost track of the story over the years as I waited for him to finish it up. My plan is to read them all from start to finish when it is officially finally done.) So don’t let the cheesy cover art fool you like it did me; this is a top-notch fantasy series. This particular cover is one of my least favorites. First of all, look at the proportions on his shoulders!!! It is ridiculous! And his outfit is like the Puffy Shirt from Seinfeld combined with shiny, polyester pants — and his shirt is tucked in a really unmanly way. Ugh!
Too Fat To Fish Artie Lange
A cover so awful and horrible it counts as two! Tell me this is not the most unattractive book cover you have ever seen! When my husband was reading it, I had to keep flipping it over as I couldn’t stand looking at it. Even my Little One was freaked out by it. And I did end up reading this book; it was just as bad as the cover.
If you want to see a wonderful blog about book cover design, click here for the Book Design Review blog. Although the blog is on indefinite hiatus now, there are tons of wonderful posts about book cover design (like this one about the best book covers of 2009).