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#5 In 2014: This Terrible Book Cover Deserves Its Own Post

* 101 Books is out of office this week. But all week I am featuring the top 5 most popular NEW posts (by traffic) in 2014. I’ll return with new posts on January 5. 

Let’s take a closer look at this highly unusual cover. Read more

The Lord Of The Rings Covers: A Brief History

If there’s any novel that’s just made to have a beautiful cover, it’s The Lord of the Rings.

I would think this novel would be a book designer’s dream come true. So much inspiration.

Every now and then, I’ll take a look back at some book covers over the years for specific novels. We’ve done it with The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath and The Sound and the Fury.

Now let’s take a look at some of the The Lord of the Rings covers over the years. Read more

This Terrible Book Cover Deserves Its Own Post

Let’s take a closer look at this highly unusual cover. Read more

Let’s Look At More Terrible Book Covers

If you ever have about 10 minutes (or more) to kill, do yourself a favor and head over to Lousy Book Covers.

If you get a kick out of looking at horrific book covers, then you’ll love this Tumblr, in that train wreck sort of way.

Last year, I posted some samples from the blog, with my commentary on each cover. Because it’s Friday and none of us really want to think very hard, I thought I’d do that again today.

So here are some more recent samples from Lousy Book Covers. For hundreds more, go check out the blog for yourself.

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My 3-Year-Old Judges Books By Their Covers, Part Two

He returns!

You might remember my little guy from a few months ago, when he judged some classic books by their covers and nearly broke my blog as a result of all the traffic.

He was two then. He’s three now. He’s a few months older and wiser. And, today, he brings his literary insight back to 101 Books.

So without further delay, my three year old will now judge the following books by their covers.

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My 2-Year-Old Judges Books By Their Covers

My son will be 3 years old in June, and I love the fact that he’s into reading. A day usually doesn’t go by without him asking me or his mom to sit down and read a book with him.

During all those reading sessions, I’ve learned that he’s an imaginative little guy.

So I decided to put that imagination to use and see what he thinks about the books I read, not just the books about Elmo and Thomas The Train and Lightning McQueen.

So I grabbed a bunch of classic books, got him to sit in my lap, showed him the cover of each book, and then asked him one question: “What do you think this book is about?”

He took it from there:

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A Lesson In Terrible Book Covers

Nothing brings the joy of humor and the mental anguish of awkwardness like a really, really bad book cover.

Some of these featured in today’s post are just painful. All of these come from an awesome Tumblr called Lousy Book Covers that I recently discovered.

And all of these are real. I wish I could say they weren’t. I wish I could say they were just fake Photoshop jobs. But, no, these are indeed actual book covers from actual, real books. The Lousy Book Covers site links back to all the books on Amazon.

Here’s a few of my favorites:

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