Some book covers are iconic. Some are merely great. And some…well. Here are one person’s choices for the 15 worst covers ever. As a warning, the first one involves nudity (and general ickiness). The second one made me laugh really hard—I am apparently 12 years old.

But more exciting in the long run is this website: http://www.bookcoverarchive.com which offers quite a few amazing cover designs—some witty, some simple, some gorgeous, some controversial. LOTS to talk about. I had never seen the RELIGION EXPLAINED cover before and think it’s a total stunner.

For me, they include some all time faves (LESS THAN ZERO and VALLEY OF THE DOLLS), some recent loves (THE BOOK OF DEAD PHILOSOPHERS and DANGEROUS LAUGHTER, and a few that I personally quite dislike (REMAINDER and SAMEDI THE DEAFNESS).

Anyone else particularly love or loathe any of the covers?


11 Responses to

  1. ~Jamie says:

    sigh… I, too am apparently twelve…. hahahahah pooh…. oh bother…

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA OMG The Rifleman!! what is that log FOR?

    but I kinda wanna know more about that gold plated garbage truck… just sayin…

  2. Rick says:

    To this day I still occasionally say “for the love of Scottie McMullett!”.

  3. TERI REES WANG says:


  4. mali says:

    Are you Cecily von Ziegsar’s Agent?

  5. Shelli says:

    i must be 10 because I actually went in twice – ugh. as my 5 yr old would say – “that is gusgusting”

  6. Mary Witzl says:

    ‘Cooking with Pooh’ is just marvelous. You have to admire the breathtaking naivete of whoever came up with that — and the chocolate-chip studded batter just makes it all the funnier. And I’m glad I’m not the only one who wondered about those awkwardly-placed logs in ‘The Rifleman’.

  7. Katie says:

    Oh. My. God. I laughed out loud.

    I’m with Jamie. What is the Rifleman’s log FOR?? Cracked me straight up! and the comments – too funny. What a fun post.

    I might start saving crummy covers for my own blogging enjoyment.

  8. Sara says:

    I think I might have owned that Babysitters Club book! hee hee… pooh.

  9. Chris Eldin says:

    *waves to Mary*

    These must be some really good covers—too sexy for my browser. They’re censored. Can’t see a lick of skin…
    (Hailing from Dubai, until May)
    Will have to wait until our return to Baltimore. I feel like a teenager all over again.

  10. Dawn Maria says:

    I thought MAYHEM AND MADDIE showed some literary promise.

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