The Could Do Better Book Tag

Time to judge more books by the covers.

I do not do book tags that often, but when I saw this, I realized it is the perfect tag for me personally, as someone whose whole brand on here is PRETTY COVERS.

The Could Do Better Book Tag was made by CJ Reads over on Booktube (I absolutely adore her channel and I hope you subscribe) and it’s all about book covers that are offensive to you as a person. I really love the questions, and I think the whole tag is super fun and funny and I love to talk about book covers. Usually pretty ones, but talking about annoying ones works too! Also, I will talk about books that I know of or am interested in or that I have read already, because that’s more relevant. Let’s jump in! 


Say It Don’t Spray It: Cover with the most offensive use of type

Mister Impossible' By Maggie Stiefvater Gets A Stunning Official Cover,  Title, And Synopsis ~ Kernel's Corner

Absolutely everything about this cover is so deeply offensive to me as a person and as a fan of The Raven Cycle and The Dreamer Trilogy. Everything. As if this title was not bad enough on its own, THIS is the font they decided to use? It’s giving me Paint WordArt circa 2000s and it’s also giving me a headache. I hate it. I am so excited for this book though. 

She’s serving Reese’s Bookclub: Cover with the most commercial book club energy

Amazon.com: Love After Love: A Novel (9780593157565): Persaud, Ingrid: Books

I absolutely hate this cover. It has an alternative that is so so much prettier, but this particular version is atrocious in my opinion. I hate it. Why are the birds weird-looking? Who approved that? But this like sunset bright colors, big title thing really has the commercial book club energy. I hate the cover, but I am super excited to read the book.

Yes girl, give us nothing!: Cover with seemingly no energy put into it.

Amazon.com: Three Women (9781451642292): Taddeo, Lisa: Books

She is truly giving us nothing. It’s just the title on a white backdrop and it just gives off major we had a cover but had to scrap it so we put this together in 10 minutes and prayed for the best vibes. 

A face only a mother could love: Cover that is so hideous, but the book is so good, you can’t help but keep it around.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body: Gay, Roxane: 9780062362599: Amazon.com: Books

This stock image of a fork is so disrespectful to this book. I love love this memoir, but this cover is not it. Also works for the offensive type category because it’s like Times New Roman and the serving us nothing category. A really bad cover for a really brilliant book. 

Take one thing off before leaving the house: Cover that could use one less element.

Tender Is the Flesh: Bazterrica, Agustina, Moses, Sarah: 9781982150921:  Amazon.com: Books

I know a lot of people love this cover but I think it’s so ugly and I hate it. And there is too much going on. There’s the blocky off-putting quote there, there’s the like black and white photo, but then there’s the illustration on top and the bottom with the millennial pink and the author name in a stamp. Just pick a style and stick with it.

Hypebeast: Cover that is clearly going for all the trends at the same time.

Amazon.com: Popisho: A Novel (9780374602451): Ross, Leone: Books

I llove the current trends in covers, and I love this cover too, but it’s clearly checking all the boxes. The bright bold colors, with a mix of the pretty pastel ones as well, and also the bold, clean font and the silhouette illustrations. They just went for all the trends and did not look back. And I think it works. But like, I see what you did there. I know Fatma loved this one, so I am excited to check it out! 

Tag, You’re It!

I would love the Women’s Prize Squad to do this if they are up for it, so I am tagging all of them: Callum | Rachel | Naty | Emily | Sarah | Hannah

Also tagging Fatma and Ally and anyone else who would like to do it!


I would love to hear from you! Tell me what you think of these covers and are there any that are particularly offensive to you?

In the meantime, happy reading



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22 thoughts on “The Could Do Better Book Tag

  1. Ooh, thanks for the tag, this looks like such a fun post! I am 100% with you on Mister Impossible and Three Women- when I saw the prompts those were the two that jumped to mind even before I scrolled down and saw you picked them, haha.

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  2. The “give us nothing” covers always annoy me the most, especially with big name books, because it’s like, at least ugly covers do SOMETHING. At least there’s some visual element for me to have strong feelings about. Like, I despise the covers of Ninth House and Invisible Life of Addie LaRue because there’s just…nothing there. Words on dark background.

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  3. Excellent choices!! I so agree on the Lisa Taddeo – I just finished this last week and actually picked the alternative cover edition for my review because this one did nothing for me. The other ed isn’t stellar but it has some still-life-style fruit and is slightly more interesting. The Roxane Gay — I swear I didn’t even realise that was a fork. Horrible stock image design!

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