Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Redesigns I Loved/Hated

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Hello! Time for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday which is discussing cover redesigns I loved/hated. I love book covers, I know you technically shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but I think if we’re honest, most people do to some extent! So I have come up with ten cover redesigns I absolutely love and one big hate of mine which I think a lot of you will agree with!

1. Little Women: V&A Collector’s Edition (Puffin Classics) by Louisa May Alcott

I adore the Victoria & Albert collector’s editions, and I’m slowly building up a collection of them. I have three so far and they are all absolutely gorgeous but I especially like the design of the Little Women one! Although The Jungle Book is stunning too!

2. The Great Gatsby (Penguin F Scott Fitzgerald Hardback Collection)

I am a huge fan of any sort of metallic feature on book covers so a whole collection of different metallic shades is basically my dream. I desperately want all of these but I will have to make do with just Gatsby at the moment which is a stunning rose gold shimmer!

3. Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

This is one I haven’t actually read yet but the cover has really stuck in my mind and I can’t wait to eventually get around to reading it. It’s just such a creepy sinister image which makes me want to read the book without even reading the blurb!

4. The Song of Achilles: Bloomsbury Modern Classics by Madeline Miller

This is one of my all time favourite books and I do like the original red/gold cover but I have been salivating over this Bloomsbury Modern Classics edition since the moment I saw it. I think it’s so elegant and beautifully designed and I seriously want it in my collection.

5. Madame Bovary (Penguin Clothbound Classics) by Gustave Flaubert

I am obsessed with the Penguin Clothbound Classics and Madame Bovary is one of my favourite designs. The shocking pink against the purple looks beautiful and it really catches my eye every time I glance at it! I have nine of these amazing books so far and every few weeks I try to add another one to my shelves!

6. Six of Crows: Collector’s Edition: Book 1 by Leigh Bardugo

I already own both Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom so I am really trying not to buy this collectors edition because buying the same book twice seems a little like wasting money but I cannot tell you how tempted I am because I just love the design and I think there are character portraits in the book as well which sounds INCREDIBLE.

7. Jane Eyre Folio Society Edition

I’m a huge fan of the Folio Society books and if I ever win the lottery (not likely) then I will buy every single one. However, for now, I only have eight and my favourite is Jane Eyre. I think the design is so perfect for the story and incredibly striking. The grey and black is so elegant and the illustrations throughout are simply gorgeous.

8. Mansfield Park (Macmillan Collector’s Library) by Jane Austen

The Macmillan Collector’s Library books are all miniature versions with the beautiful duck egg blue design and gold sprayed edges. Mansfield Park is the first one I bought and I think the art on the cover is so wistful and evocative that it had to make my list. I love these mini books but I do have to say that they are sometimes tricky to read due to their size – I mean they are so lovely it’s worth it – but you might need a magnifying glass!

9. Delirium: 1/3 (Delirium Trilogy 1) by Lauren Oliver

I read this great series years and years ago and I remember my edition having a photographical cover but I think this update is awesome. The design perfectly encapsulates the themes of the book and I love the colour scheme. Sometimes I think a simple, striking cover can be all the more effective as I feel is the case here.

10. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This is one of my favourite cover updates ever. I think the image will evoke all sorts of strong emotions in anyone who has read the book or watched the TV series. The Handmaid’s uniform is a huge part of the book and the shocking bold red demands attention. Whoever designed this cover is amazingly talented.

So that’s it for ten cover redesigns I have loved, now onto my one big hate, which is MOVIE TIE-IN COVERS! I really cannot stand them and it will 100% put me off reading the book. I can’t get my head around why anyone would want to take away the imaginative aspect of reading by planting a visual image of the characters in their minds before they even open the book. It’s just my opinion, but it’s a real bookish niggle of mine!

I really hope you enjoyed having a look at some of my favourite cover redesigns and I can’t wait to read all of your amazing lists! Let me know what you think of my choices and any other thoughts you have in the comments!!


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19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Redesigns I Loved/Hated

  1. Holly says:

    Omg I have always wanted that edition of The Great Gatsby, but I just haven’t been able to justify buying it because I already own a different edition (the one usually assigned in school with the weird face on it). Great list!

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  2. Sarah says:

    I love how consistent your aesthetic is throughout! I love most of these but I do have to say I think I prefer the original Song of Achilles cover. The redesign might be a little too simple for me. But I love the Little Monsters one! Great picks!

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  3. imyril says:

    I do love a lot of the Classics redesigns, I must admit. Especially the printed hardcovers, and the semi-abstract design. Some of them are just gorgeous. And the Folio Society exists to get me into trouble. What I wouldn’t give for a full set of their editions of The Dark is Rising…


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