Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Covers I’d Like to Redesign

Posted November 12, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 9 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features (you guessed it!) top ten lists on a given topic each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Covers I’d Like to Re-Design, and boy, do I have some thoughts on covers. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

1. Delirium Trilogy

Delirium trilogy

So I know you can’t see me behind the computer screen, but trust me, ever time I see these covers I make a grumpy cat “NO” face, because really, there’s no excuse for this. Even the original Delirium cover is bland and boring, but at least it wasn’t another girl half-hidden with shrubbery. I just really dislike these cover and feel like no effort went into them at all(I know that’s probably not actually true, but the final product does not reflect that).

How would I re-design them? Basically, ANYTHING BUT THAT! But seriously, if Delirium is all about the government forbidding love, can’t we have a cover that symbolizes that? There’s nothing particularly telling about a girl wearing a necklace of flowers.

2. Smart Girls Get What They Want

Smart Girls

So they DID re-design this book for the paperback, and I will say the overall design of the paperback is a lot more appealing, but I have to say I don’t really like either of these. The first one is so cliche and boring with the glasses, and I definitely prefer the title font for the second one. However, having read(and loved) this book, I just find the paperback cover so WRONG for the book. That is not an outfit that Gigi would wear, and it’s definitely not a pose she’d ever be in the book. It makes it look like a contemporary romance, and YES the book does have some wonderful romance, but it’s not just a contemporary YA. I still feel like this one’s missing something.

3. Pretty Girl-13

Pretty Girl 13

Can we please choose another font for the title? That’s all I’m asking, really. The image is fine. But the font for the title is the same one(or eerily similar) as the font a meat packaging company uses and my town, and I just can’t take it seriously when I see it on a book.

4. Red


It’s not so much that this is a bad cover as much as I find it mis-leading. The cover makes me think it’s going to be Pretty Little Liars-esque, which isn’t the case at all.

5. The Testing

The Testing

Sorry, but you’re never going to be able to convince me this cover isn’t very Hunger Games-ish. The ARC cover is by far even MORE like the Hunger Games(like seriously, put the ARC cover of this book & the hardback of The Hunger Games and it would be surprising if you DIDN’T get them confused). I’d just like something a little more original for this book.

6. Dangerous Girls

Dangerous Girls

I haven’t read this one yet, but at first I wrote it off based on the cover alone. It’s just. . . cheesy with the flower and boring with all the sand. The international cover is much better–so it’s not so much I want to redesign this one as that I want the international cover to be the US one too.

7. Last Night I Sang to the Monster

Sang to the Monster

I will say this cover is haunting and INCREDIBLY striking, but it just. . . Benjamin Alire Saenz gets one of my favorite covers of all times with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, so this one feels like a let-down. I know it was written first, but since Aristotle & Dante is the more famous work, it’s hard not to compare. For comparison purposes:

Aristotle and Dante

8. Nantucket Blue

Nantucket Blue

I don’t like PDA in real life or on book covers, sorry. I do like the water in the background, so if only this one didn’t have the people in it, I think I’d be happy. Plus, while I didn’t really like this book, I don’t think the cover is really indicative of the story at all.

9. Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend

Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend

Real story: The first time I saw a small image of this cover, I seriously thought the girl on the cover was straightening her hair. I think it’s the way she’s holding her hand. Who holds a flower like that? So yeah, this cover has been an annoyance of mine for awhile.

10. The Trouble with Flirting

The Trouble with Flirting

I really loved this modern day retelling of Mansfield Park, but man, what a nondescript cover. Like. . . it’s just so boring and cliche. Meh. Could be better.



9 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Covers I’d Like to Redesign

  1. I really don’t like the covers from the Delirium series. The first edition was much better. I actually like the cover from Smart girls get what they want, even though it’s cliché. I like the vibe 🙂 And yes, it’s a shame they used that font for Pretty girl 13, because the overall cover is so good.

  2. I’ve never understood the Delirium covers either. I mean, I think the first one is pretty because I really like green, but I don’t see how it has anything to do with the contents of the book, lol. I’m surprised they kept that theme all the way through.

    Okay, Confessions — Yeah, I glossed over the flower but… What does it have to do with the book? Absolutely nothing.
    I loved The Trouble With Flirting but HONESTLY almost didn’t read it because the cover was so boring and blah and cheesy.
    The Testing– Looks like The Hunger Games. Stop it.
    And Pretty Girl 13 looks like an amateur designed it. No. Stop. Who uses that font for covers? That’s like… the “Rock star” font.

  4. Cee

    I find the Smart Girls Get What They Want covers to be super amusing. Oh yeah, smart girls wear glasses. *rolls eyes* And I can totally tell that the paperback cover is totally wrong for the book.

    I really hate the design of The Trouble of Flirting. There’s a couple of books that follow this pattern and it makes me think it’s part of a series when it’s not. And I don’t like covers that has a recognizable face ’cause it’s really annoying.

  5. I am not a fan of big faces on covers too. I feel I could line up a stack of these books, and people would not be able to identify which book to which they belong.

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