Top 5 Wednesday #1

Posted 6th December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 23 Comments

I try not to do a lot of memes (with the exception of The Sunday Post, which is just a nice wrap up of the week). But I thought I’d give Top 5 Wednesday a go. Sometimes I don’t have enough for Top Ten Tuesday (and don’t always like the topics); so I’ll probably do one here and there of whichever take my fancy.

This week the topic is: Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About

1. Bad photoshop covers.
I’m not going to call anything out in particular. But just because someone has just learned to blend layers in photoshop doesn’t mean they should do this ALL THE TIME. Nor should they be ‘blending’ images that don’t match at all. HQ person with a LQ something next to them/behind them? Stop.

2. Use of too many fonts.
This doesn’t seem to happen a lot, but if you’re using more than two fonts you need to have your formatting licence taken away (I’d argue keeping it at ONE font, but I can understand why some like to have different fonts for chapter titles). Also don’t use Comic Sans. Ever. Or Papyrus.

3. Instalove.
Unless Cupid and his arrows are involved. No. (Spells and potions are an exception, I suppose).

4. Covers that don’t match the content.
We’ve all seen it. A cover with a gorgeous person on the front, who you’d just assume is meant to look like the main character. Only to discover the tan brunette with brown eyes on the outside doesn’t look anything like the blonde, pale, blue eyed MC inside.

5. Different sized books in a series.
When a series first starts and the books are those large, beautiful paperbacks that are 21cm tall or whatever it is. And when it ends they’ve lost a few centimetres. YES. I have taken a ruler and measured books before ordering sequels online. YES I will go searching for a larger cover if there’s multiple versions available (but only one available in an actual store that doesn’t match, WHY?!) I’m sometimes not fussed if covers don’t match (depends on how much I love the series) but damned if you’ll mess up my shelf space!

Not that I currently have any space. But, details.


23 responses to “Top 5 Wednesday #1

  1. I SO agree with what you said about bad photoshop covers. I don’t think I have a greater pet peeve as regards to book design than that. The comic sans font is basically suicidal in my opinion too. We agree on so many things! LOL, this post was very funny but also very truthful. <3

  2. I agree with most of these. Badly photo shopped covers always make me very reluctant to pick up a book, which is a shame because it might be a good book, just with a bad cover.
    And it really annoys me when the cover doesn’t match the books. Not everything has to match 100%, but things like hair and skin color they should get right at least.
    I have a few series were all the books are the same height and then the last book is different, which just makes me sad. If I order physical copies I do want them to look nice on my shelf.

    • That is so true it could be a good book with a bad cover. I rarely give truly terrible ones a chance though, I know one shouldn’t judge by the cover; but I can’t help myself!

  3. Sometime I come across books that they have this cover with a man, who bares no resemblance to the main characters description in the book. I think they do it to draw attention to the cover to get us to pick it up. (I’m a cover whore) But I do find it a little frustrating they just don’t match.

  4. I do not understand book covers that don’t go along with the actual book’s contents. It’s like…did the person in charge even READ any of the book? Or a summary? Annoying!


  5. Don’t forget that awkward moment when you recognized a self-published book’s cover from a website that provides copy-right free images. Only me? Okay, never mind XDXDXD.

    I love this list btw! So true. And bad, lazy, cheap, and horrible ARC formats because they’re ARCs. Like because us reviewers are just blog reviewers, we don’t deserve the actual books in good formats :/

    • Haha or when there’s two books with identical or eerily similar covers. I know it’s a thing to use images from particular sites but some don’t even try ๐Ÿ™

      I’ve had a few kindle ARC’s that were formatted so badly I couldn’t read them (and then found out the formatting was pretty similar for the finished book ๐Ÿ˜ฎ why?!)

      • *sign* I know right. The ARC I’m currently reading right now definitely have that problem. It just makes me so mad.

        Maybe I should let the quality of ARC itself also influence my review, just to teach them a lesson ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Oh gosh yes. I hate bad photoshop covers. And I can’t help but wonder why, if the author was willing to spend some money on a cover designer, they didn’t just find someone better???

    I also don’t like instalove. Even when Cupid and his arrows are involved lol.

    And yes! If I’m going to collect the physical books in a series, I want them to be the same damn size! I approve of this list lol.

    • It is! I love a good cover. I maaay own a few books I’ve not read just because of the cover, I picked them up, read the blurb and thought ‘maybe I’ll grow into this as a reader one day’ ๐Ÿ˜›

    • It’s so frustrating ๐Ÿ˜ I was sent a hardcover instead of a paperback a while back, and complained to Book Depository that I’d specifically ordered the other version for matchy reasons and they gave me my money back ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • It’s so annoying. It just makes me picture someone resembling the cover despite the author’s description. I read a book a while ago where the MC wasn’t described as blonde until 1/4 into the book, and I looked at the cover and went ‘pfft don’t lie, she’s brunette!’ and kept going haha

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