The Worst Book Covers of 2010

It’s a new year. Time to pause, reflect, and look back on the year that was. Specifically, what was up with some of 2010’s cover designs?

Here are our nominations for the worst of the worst. Please submit your own! The best (that is, the most eye-searingly terrible) submissions will receive our utmost admiration, and perhaps a guttural cry of fear.

Obama’s Wars
By Bob Woodward

Obama’s wars apparently involve an army of tiny photoshopped heads. The back cover is just as bad: a random assemblage of snapshots. Was this book designed by someone’s high school yearbook committee?

By Cornelia Funke

The Statue of Liberty is mad as hell, and she is not going to take it anymore.

Is It Just Me?
By Whoopi Goldberg

Sorry, Whoopi. It is just you.

The Demon’s Covenant
By Sarah Rees Brennan

“All right, so cut out a photo of one of Shakira’s backup dancers, then put her in a circle of blue cellophane like the stuff that came on that sweet gift basket I got from Bath and Body Works. And you’re done! No? Okay, add some rocks or something.”

Canterwood Crest: Scandals, Rumors, Lies
By Jessica Burkhart

All the girls who were mean to you in junior high, all in one place! With bonus riding crops.

By Sebastian Junger

“Hi, I’m Sebastian Junger, and this book is about ME.”

Boy Racer
By Mark Cavendish

Well, whatever other faults it might have, we certainly can’t claim it’s not in-your-face.

Cool Colleges 101
By Peterson’s

From James Dean to this: the decline of cool.

Here’s the Situation
By Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino

Please. When Benjamin Franklin exposed his nipple on the cover of his autobiography, it was so much more cutting edge.

Be sure to check back later this week when we’ll reveal our favorite covers of 2010!


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2 responses to “The Worst Book Covers of 2010

  1. lola

    just sayin, that’s not sebastian junger on the cover of war. it’s one of the soldiers featured prominently in the book.

    • Kim

      Well, I suppose that makes me feel better (“War” was my pick on this list), although how are we supposed to know that, exactly? Mind you, I didn’t read the book, and my judgment is based solely on the book’s appearance in regard to its subject matter, which now makes me feel that the book should’ve been titled “Men at War” or maybe just “Men”.

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