Ugly Covers Competition – Week 5

Ugly Covers Competition at Leeswammes' Blog

It’s week 5 of the Ugly Covers Competition! Did you enjoy last week’s covers? If this is the first you hear about it, you are very welcome to join in the fun!

Presenting: 6 ugly covers!

Here is how it works:

  1. A number of my blog readers have sent in pictures of ugly covers (thanks!).
  2. 6 of these are presented here today.
  3. Choose the cover you find most ugly (cover 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6).
  4. Fill out the form.

Below the form is information about the books and the people that submitted them, as well as some further information about the competition.

Covers 1, 2, and 3:


Covers 4, 5, and 6:


Remember the cover number and fill out this FORM to cast your vote. (You can hover over the book covers to see their cover number).

Further information about the books

Cover 1 – Spadework by Timothy Findley. Sent in by Nat of In Spring It Is The Dawn. She says: “The writing felt somewhat masculine, but the story moved right along and wasn’t overly predictable. Apparently this is not his best work, so I look forward to reading more”. She gave it 3/5 stars.

Cover 2 – The Abductors by Stuart Cloete. Sent in by Cindy of The Only Cin. She says: “This book was recommended to me years ago by a second hand book dealer. I haven’t read it.”

Cover 3 – The Likeness by Tana French. Sent in by Diana of Bibliophile by the Sea. She hasn’t read it yet.

Cover 4 – Fifth Business by Robertson Davies.  raidergirl of An Adventure in Reading. She read and enjoyed it. Her review is HERE.

Cover 5 – Abarat by Clive Barker. Sent in by Her Royal Orangeness of Only Orangery. She didn’t read it.

Cover 6 – Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena. Sent in by Leslie of Under My Apple Tree. She says: “This is a Japanese biochemical horror novel that I traded for at the train station book swap, hopefully the translation is good.”

Thanks for your contributions, everyone!

Last week: The results!

Covers 1, 2, and 3:

Cover1 Week4Cover2 Week4Cover3 Week4

Cover 1 – 12 votes  → Winner! This book is going through to the finals.
Cover 2 – 6 votes
Cover 3 – 3 votes

Covers 4, 5, and 6:

Cover4 Week4Cover5 Week4Cover6 Week4

Cover 4 – 4 votes
Cover 5 – 9 votes
Cover 6 – 3 votes

Further information about the competition

Each week for 6 weeks, I will show you 6 covers and you have to choose the ugliest one. Every week there will be one winning cover (in case of a draw, I will have the final say). The seventh week, we’ll have the 6 winning covers back, and the most ugly, absolutely impossibly awful cover will win the competition. This book will have the questionable honor of being the ugliest book we know of.

Your task is to vote for the ugliest cover each week. Of all participants who chose the final, winning, cover in one of the first 6 rounds, one will win a book of their choice. Hopefully one of the books displayed will suit you (an awful cover doesn’t mean an awful book), and otherwise, you can choose any other book from the Book Depository (or other solution if the BD doesn’t deliver in your country) up to a maximum value.

I can still use ugly covers, so please look on your shelves and send in the most awful one(s): jh303015 at gmail dot com.

Do fill out the form! Anyone can enter!

Psst! Is there a cover here that you secretly like?


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11 Responses to Ugly Covers Competition – Week 5

  1. Birgit says:

    Actually I kinda like “The Likeness” 😉 !

  2. Louise says:

    I’m torn between 1,2 and 5…1 is rather ghastly and angry! hmmmm 😉

  3. Kristi says:

    Another Tana French cover I kind of like, but others hate! Haha! It’s a great book, though.

    This week is tough. So many weird ones.

  4. Rikki says:

    No. 3 ugly? I totally love that one. The grungy look and the font are awesome.

    Clive Barker must be the author with the most hideous covers ever.

  5. I love that Tana French cover (and the book is really good too!) This week was a difficult choice!!

  6. I really like number 3, but the other covers are ugly… Mmmm, what to choose?

  7. Novroz says:

    oww look at those hideous covers!! I don’t mind cover 3 and 6 tho

  8. Haha, I don´t mind Tana French´s cover either. But I found it difficult to choose between 5 and 6.

  9. I kinda like Tana French’s cover. It’s interesting and it catches my eye in a good way. No.5 is hideous.

  10. Oh gezz, IMO, so many are uglier than the one I submitted…LOL

    I really think they are ALL the pits, but I especially dislike 4 and 5. Great job submitters.

  11. Cindy says:

    Boy oh boy they are ugly!

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