The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw
This book was amazing. I was contacted by the author with the opportunity to read an e-ARC of his book, and I accepted expecting a light quick read. This was not a light read at all, it was full of depth and it dealt with really hard but relevant topics. You can read my full review here.
I thought this cover should’ve had a starry night in the background with some planets on there and maybe a few mathematical equations floating in between. This cover definitely would not have attracted me to the book in the first place.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
This book I experienced as an audio book. It was voiced by a male and female voice for the two main characters, and I thought they did a great job. This was a very unique world that I’m very interested to read more of. You can read my full review here.
I like the violin on the cover, but for a very long time I could not even tell it WAS a violin. I get what they were trying to do, but the violin definitely needs to be brighter so we can see what they’re trying to depict inside of it.
A Very Large Expanse of the Sea by Tahereh Mafi
I mentioned in my review that I thought the whole point of this cover was “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” which is one of the main messages I feel like this story tries to get across. But more could’ve been done to get this point across and to attract more people to buy the book. For me it was enough that Mafi wrote it, because I will forever read anything she writes, but for other people that might not be the case.
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
I’ve mentioned before that Julie Kagawa is one of my favorite authors, and this is one of my favorite series by her. I already love Dystopian novels, but her descriptions, dialogue, and overall way of making this world seem so real is what sold me on this story. This cover definitely does not do it justice.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This might be an unpopular opinion, but I absolutely loved this book and I thought it was so unique in the way it portrayed time travel; not as something cool but as a burden to be bared. But it definitely needed to have something better on the cover, the child is kind of creepy. I will definitely be doing a re-read of this soon.
Which books do you think could have gone unnoticed because of the cover? Any recommendations?
3 thoughts on “Good Books with Bad Covers”
I don’t think I’d pick up any of these if I could only choose from just the book cover. An intriguing bit not too busy, book cover is a must in my eyes.
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Cover art is so subjective and such a huge influence! Sometimes I think the publishers can’t win… and other times I just can’t figure out what on earth they were thinking 😉
(The Time Traveler’s Wife cover really is a bit creepy. I know it makes sense with Henry meeting Claire as a child, but… still, creepy)
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